Dorothy Woodard, Molly Grantham and Sarah Bailey.

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Komen Foundation awards grant to Chestnut Grove Community Center

Posted at 5:43 PM on Sep 7, 2017

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Susan G. Komen Charlotte has awarded an $11,880 grant to Chestnut Grove Community Center for women who have no health insurance or are underinsured to receive mammograms free of charge.

Chestnut Grove Community works together with Statesville Branch National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), local churches, other civic groups and Iredell Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Center to ensure that women are educated on breast health. As a 10-year grant recipient, Chestnut Grove, through grant funding, has provided over 850 mammograms to women in Iredell County.

According to the Charlotte Affiliate of Susan G. Komen report measuring breast cancer impact in local communities, the data showed health disparities are still prevalent in the Affiliate service area, especially for Black/African-American women. Death rates for Black/African-American women are higher than any other race, with a death rate of 27.3 per 100,000 women compared to 21.1 for White women and 9.6 for Hispanic/Latina women. The study also shows that Iredell is one county in North Carolina where there is an increasing rate of breast cancer incidence over the last 15 years. This data gave impetus to the grant request in hopes of targeting especially African-American women, recruiting, educating, and screening women in Iredell County so that lives might be saved.

As part of the education provided by the grant, the Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Program will take place at Chestnut Grove Community Center on Saturday, September 30. The speaker will be Stephanie Taylor, PA-C from Bellingham Family Practice. The program begins at 11 a.m. and a $10 donation is suggested. Included in the program is lunch and the "People's Choice" dessert contest where ladies are invited to make their favorite sweets to be sampled by attendees. A vote will be taken and the winner receives a monogrammed apron. Along with the other activities, a silent auction is planned to raise money for a Komen team.

Dorothy Woodard, the grant’s project director, went for a routine mammogram in1995, which led to a diagnosis of breast cancer. “I was devastated,” she said. “However, I was fortunate because I had good health insurance and support during my surgery and treatments.” She made a grant request to Komen shortly thereafter because she realized many women don’t have money to be screened. “I wanted to do something to help others in the community,” she said.

Komen Charlotte is one of more than 80 local affiliates of the world’s largest breast cancer organization, working in communities across the U.S. to meet the most critical needs. To help achieve Komen’s goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026, Komen Affiliates fund innovative breast health projects that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services and support, including patient navigation, education, medical supplies and financial assistance.

“Our needs assessment indicated Iredell County has a late-stage incidence rate higher than the Komen Charlotte service area as a whole,” said Sarah Bailey, Director of Community Health for Komen Charlotte. “Chestnut Grove Community Center has been a Komen Charlotte grantee for 10 years, and we are confident their grant program along with their community partnerships, will help uninsured and under-insured women access the critical breast services they need.”

About Chestnut Grove Community Center

Chestnut Grove Community Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1970. It was conceived by a core group of Chestnut Grove residents who wanted to maintain, for community use and historic preservation, the physical structure that formerly housed Chestnut Grove Elementary School. That school, serving children in grades one through eight, was one of a small number of segregated facilities in Iredell County used to educate black citizens. Chestnut Grove residents subsequently purchased the building from the Iredell County Board of Education.

Since that time, it has become the primary social, cultural, and recreational facility of the surrounding community. Operated by volunteers, the Center’s operating revenue is derived from grants, individual contributions, food sales, yard sales, and rental fees. Providing programs for the community was the major objective in 1970 and continues to be the primary focus of the present operation. A variety of activities are offered to the general community.

About Susan G. Komen and Komen Charlotte

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Charlotte is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure®, Komen Charlotte has invested more than $16 million in community breast health programs in 13 counties and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in research. For more information, call 704-347-8181 or visit komencharlotte.org.

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