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Susan G. Komen For the Cure® Announces New Grants and Partnership with the National Football League Players Association to Kick Off the 2013 Global Race for the Cure

$1.5M Committed to Washington D.C. Breast Cancer Programs; Redskins’ Josh Morgan Signs on as Race Ambassador

WASHINGTON (March 28, 2013) – Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, today announced $1.5 million in new D.C.-area community health grants at an event that also marked the kickoff of a new partnership with the NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA).

Washington Redskins’ wide receiver Josh Morgan and Arrelious Benn, a District native now with the Philadelphia Eagles, were on hand at today’s event to announce their support of the May 11 Komen Global Race through the NFLPA’s “One Team for the Cure” initiative. 

Komen’s Global Race, ordinarily held in June, is being moved to Mother’s Day weekend and will be held on Saturday, May 11. This year’s theme, appropriately, is “Make Mom Proud.”

“My godmother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Watching her courageously fight this disease every day since then has opened my eyes and made me want to help raise awareness,” said Morgan.  “Life is precious, and there are a lot of strong, beautiful women fighting for their lives every day. By serving as a Global Race Local Ambassador, I am supporting breast cancer survivors—those still fighting – and the mission to find a cure.”

Komen’s Global Race supports programs for low-income, uninsured and vulnerable women in the District, Northern Virginia and Maryland. This year’s new grants bring to $33 million the amount that Komen has invested in community health programs in the region since starting the D.C. Global Race for the Cure in 1990.

D.C. has one of the highest breast cancer death rates in the nation, making it imperative that Komen continue to fund programs that reach low-income, uninsured and under-insured women in the region.  Komen grants (see full list below) are targeted to women in the District, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland and Northern Virginia. 

“We can substantially improve breast cancer outcomes when we ensure that women, particularly those who are low-income, uninsured, or under-insured, get access to high-quality care,” said Dorothy Jones, Komen vice president of Marketing, in welcoming NFLPA to the Komen team.  “Komen has made it possible to reach more than 115,000 women, and to screen another 40,000, through community outreach programs here in the National Capital area.”

One Komen grantee is the George Washington University Cancer Institute, whose Cancer Survivorship Initiative seeks to improve treatment outcomes by ensuring that women have access to medical care before, during and after their treatment.  The GWCI Patient Navigation Network has helped 4,000 women through medical treatment. Its Survivorship Initiative has reached almost 1,000 low-income and uninsured women throughout the area, with screenings and support through breast cancer treatment, according to Mandi Pratt-Chapman, associate director of Community Programs for GWCI.  “Komen’s commitment to the women of this region is making a real difference,” she said.

“I am tremendously grateful for the patient navigation services I received while being treated at the GW Cancer Institute,” said Mary Pascale, a local survivor of aggressive, Stage 3 triple negative breast cancer. “The Citywide Survivorship Initiative helped me so much during a time that I truly needed the support so I could focus on beating breast cancer. Their compassionate staff helped me with everything from scheduling and insurance challenges to assisting in communication with my treatment team — it made all the difference in my care. Funds raised through the Global Race will allow Komen to sustain funding for these lifesaving initiatives.”


List of total 2013 National Capital Area Community Grants:


New 2013 Grants

Arlington Clinic 

From Screening to Survivorship - Enhancing Continuity of Care for Low Income Arlington Women

Arlington, VA


CASA de Maryland 

Latino Cancer Prevention and Control Program

Prince George’s County


Nueva Vida

Nueva Vida, Culturally Competent Education, Access to Care, and Survivorship Support for Latinas

Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia


Prevent Cancer Foundation 

Celebremos la vida & Campeonas contra el cáncer de seno: Breast Cancer Education & Screening

Arlington County, VA, Maryland and Washington, D.C.


Ethiopian Community Development Services, Inc.

Project KNOW - Knowledge for Newcomer Women

Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland


Muslim Community Center

January 1, 2013-December 31, 2014

Washington, D.C., Maryland


Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc

Access to Breast Health: Education, Screening and Treatment to Improve Patient Outcomes

Alexandria City, Arlington and Fairfax Counties, Virginia


Grants continuing through from 2012

Howard University Cancer Center 

Women of Promise 

Washington, D.C. Wards 7 and 8


Capital City Area Health Education Center Inc. (CC AHEC) 

D.C. Pink Divas 

Washington, D.C. Ward 8


Boat People SOS, Inc.

Health Awareness and Promotion Program – Breast Cancer (HAPP- Breast Cancer)

Arlington & Fairfax VA, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties MD


Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, Inc. 

National Capital Area Breast Health Quality Consortium: Developing a Reliable System for High-Quality Breast Health Care for the National Capital Area’s Low-income, Uninsured Women 

Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, MD


Doctors Community Hospital (DCH) 

The Prince George’s County Continuum of Breast Care 

Prince George’s County, MD


George Washington University 

Cancer Survivorship Initiative (CSI)

Washington, D.C. Wards 7 and 8 and Prince George’s County, MD

D.C. Cancer Consortium

D.C. Breast Cancer Surveillance System

Washington, D.C.


2012 National Capital Area Special Initiative Grants

Greater Baden Medical Services, Inc.

Prince George’s/Ward 7&8-Community Breast Health Link

Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C. Wards 7 and 8


Howard University Cancer Center 


Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C. Wards 7 and 8


Grants continuing through from 2011

Providence Health Foundation 

Komen Accelerating Breast Cancer Diagnosis Project

Washington, D.C., Wards 7and 8


Adventist HealthCare

Navigate to Health: Rapid Referral Program

Prince George’s County


About Susan G. Komen®

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Suzy, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. Today, Susan G. Komen® works to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world by investing more than $750 million in breast cancer research and $1.5 billion in community outreach programs over the past 30 years; providing funding to help low-income and uninsured women get screened and get treatment; advocating for cancer research and outreach programs; and working globally in more than 30 countries. Visit Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About The National Football League Players Association

The National Football League Players Association is the union for professional football players in the National Football League. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests.

About The George Washington University Cancer Institute

The GW Cancer Institute (GWCI) takes a comprehensive approach to a complex disease. In connection with the GW Hospital and the GW Medical Faculty Associates, the Institute provides for collaboration in the study, diagnosis and treatment of cancer GWCI’s mission is to ensure access to quality, patient-centered care across the cancer continuum through community engagement, patient and family empowerment, health care professional education, policy advocacy and collaborative multi-disciplinary research. GWCI accomplishes its mission by providing evidence-based interventions for patients, caregivers and survivors to remove barriers to care, reduce distress, promote self-efficacy, and improve holistic support and post-treatment care.