KeyBank Foundation awards $1M grant for providing breast cancer education to medically underserved women

March 06, 2016

The program will roll out first in Northeast Ohio in Cleveland, Akron and Canton through the Northeast Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and in 2012 and 2013 will expand to Albany, NY; Bellingham, WA; Bellevue, WA; Buffalo, NY; Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Dayton, OH; Denver, CO; Indianapolis, IN; Portland, OR; Rochester, NY; Syracuse, NY; Tacoma, WA; and Toledo, OH.

Sophie Sureau, executive director of the Komen Northeast Ohio Affiliate, says the power of peer-to-peer education and support is already being demonstrated in programs funded locally by the Affiliate.  Some local grantee programs use "Amigas" and "Angels" as trained lay health advisors to educate, encourage and facilitate mammograms for early diagnosis and treatment. 

"We know the need for these programs is growing, but the funding resources are not," Sureau said. "We hope that the gift from KeyBank Foundation inspires new support for programs that can truly save lives, especially when there is collaboration between community-based advocates and providers of health care."