Susan G. Komen Foundation Announces $80k for Local Agencies
Susan G. Komen Foundation Announces $80k for Local Agencies

The Susan G. Komen Foundation Springfield Race for the Cure will be in May of next year at the state capital.

At a “Play for the Cure” golf outing, the foundation announced $80,000 in funding for local agencies that provide breast cancer screenings for low-income women. The money raised will benefit the Springfield area greatly, says Doris Garrett with the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

“Early detection is so important. If we can find that breast cancer before it spreads throughout the body, we have a much, much more successful way of treating that breast cancer,” said Garrett. She added that if the cancer is found early enough, specialists have almost gotten to the point where we can say there’s a 100% survival rate.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation has awarded a total of $80,000 to five local agencies to continue to spread awareness while providing screening services. The SIU Board of trustees, Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, Logan and Montgomery County Public Health Departments and the Shelby Memorial Hospital will split the funds.

Julie Henderson was one of many in attendance at the golf outing on Saturday at Brookhills Golf Club. She said she is grateful for all the foundation does for women in the area. Henderson is a seven-year survivor of breast cancer. She said, “When we were approached by Komen last year about bringing a race to Springfield, we were so excited.”

The race next year will be May 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the state capitol. For next year’s Susan G. Komen Springfield Race for the Cure, the foundation also announced pink fireworks that will take place downtown.