PDT Staff Writer
The Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently announced they would be awarding Southern Ohio Medical Center $81,757 to support the hospital’s Hands of Hope Program.
Wendi Waugh, SOMC Director of Cancer Services, said she is elated about receiving the grant.
“I am so excited, we are extremely grateful to have the continued support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” Waugh said.
Waugh said the grant is the largest amount that Hands of Hope has ever received.
“Our grant got top priority this year for Ohio. We were awarded the entire grant. That’s the most money that we have ever been given for our community,” Waugh said.
Waugh said she believed Hands of Hope captured the attention of the Susan G. Komen organization through their diligence of putting the funds that they have been given to good use.
“The exciting part is because of all of the community awareness, and all of our efforts, and the fact that we are actually using all of our funds, and we can prove that, got Komen with their opens saying, ‘Wow, they are doing great stuff,’” Waugh said.
According to Waugh, Hands of Hope is a program at SOMC that provides free services such as mammograms and clinical breast exams.
The program also seeks to educate women 40 years and older about the importance of early breast cancer detection, while supplying those already diagnosed with guidance and support.
Waugh said early detection is paramount.
“Early detection is key to improving survival rates. Through the Hands of Hope program, we are helping promote early detection by providing resources and removing financial obstacles wherever we can,” Waugh said.
Waugh also said local women can have access to an annual mammograms through the grant.
“The grant will ensure that local women without insurance or under insured women can still receive their annual mammograms without the fear of medical bills,” Waugh said.
The SOMC Breast Navigator can be reached at 740-356-PINK. To learn more, visit www.somc.org/cancer or like SOMC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernOhioMedicalCenter.
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