Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure® Announces More Than $1.8 Million in New Grants for National Capital Region

Kickoff Event for May 10, 2014 Global Race Features Komen Grantee The DC Pink Divas, activist Malaak Compton-Rock, Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Aaron Schock and Komen President & CEO Dr. Judy Salerno

Komen President and CEO Dr. Judith Salerno joined Congressman Aaron Schock, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, breast cancer advocate Malaak Compton-Rock and local D.C. area grantees The DC Pink Divas to kick off the upcoming Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure on May 10. (Photo: Business Wire)

WASHINGTON--()--Susan G. Komen today announced more than $1.89 million in new grants to seven breast cancer organizations serving the National Capital Region. The announcement came during the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure® Media Kickoff Event and Survivor Roundtable marking the official start of activities leading up to the 25th Global Race for the Cure® May 10 on the National Mall.

Komen President and CEO Dr. Judy Salerno told the group today that Komen’s grants are needed more than ever.

“It is unbelievable that Washington, D.C. – arguably the most important city in the world – has the highest death rate from breast cancer in our country,” Dr. Salerno said. “Susan G. Komen’s goal is to change that statistic, both through research and on the ground, by funding programs that ensure everyone has the knowledge and the resources to battle breast cancer regardless of their economic circumstances.”

Currently, the mortality rate from breast cancer in D.C. is 40 percent higher than the national average. In addition, breast cancer incidence is 20 percent above national averages. Washington has the highest rate of late-stage diagnosis, when breast cancer is most difficult to treat.

In addition to the new grants announcement, Dr. Salerno announced that WWE Superstar, John Cena, would serve as Grand Marshall for the Global Race, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary in Washington, D.C. WWE and John Cena have been partners with Komen in the fight against breast cancer since 2012, when they launched the successful “Rise Above Cancer” campaign.

“It is a privilege to serve as Grand Marshall of Komen’s Global Race and help raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer,” said John Cena. “We are committed to using WWE's global platforms to further the great work that Komen does every day to help turn breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.”

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Congressman Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) were also in attendance, giving remarks about why they have once again signed on to serve as the 2014 Global Race Honorary Co-Chairs. Congressman Schock’s district includes the city of Peoria where Susan G. Komen® Founder Nancy Brinker and her sister, Suzy, grew up. Wasserman Schultz is both a key leader in the fight against breast cancer as well as a survivor.

Also speaking at the Kickoff Event was Malaak Compton-Rock. Compton-Rock has worked with Komen since 2008, recently being a voice alongside the breast cancer organization in bringing attention to Triple Negative Breast Cancer, a particularly deadly form of the disease that disproportionately affects young, black women.

The afternoon event was co-hosted by Komen grantee, The DC Pink Divas. The Pink Divas are a program of the Capital City Area Health Education Center. They were formed to address the reasons behind disparities in breast cancer outcomes, with special programs targeting women in D.C.’s Wards 7 & 8 and in Prince George’s County.

Since its inception in 1990, funds raised from the Global Race for the Cure® have provided more than $35 million for over 300 community grants to local programs in the National Capital Region, aimed at low-income, minority and uninsured women in areas where breast cancer rates are the highest. Currently, Komen has 22 active grants for community education and treatment centers helping to provide breast health services, treatment assistance and patient support services in the National Capital Region – which includes northern Virginia, the District and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. In the United States, one case of breast cancer is diagnosed every two minutes, and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes. A lack of health insurance and living in lower-income areas are both associated with lower survival rates among breast cancer patients, as well as the presence of other illnesses, unequal access to care and disparities in treatment.

There are multiple ways to participate in and fundraise for the Global Race, including the 5K or one-mile walk/run. Children ages five to 12 can register for Kids for the Cure®, a special kid-friendly race. To learn more, visit Share content and engage online with the official event hashtag #KomenGlobalRace, @SusanGKomen and/or

National Capital Region Community Grants Active in 2014:

Granted in 2014
Capital City Area Health Education Center Inc. (CC AHEC)
DC Pink Divas
Washington, D.C.

Mary’s Center for Maternal & Child Care, Inc.
Mary’s Center Breast Health Program
Washington, D.C.

Mobile Medical Care
Community-Based Breast Health Outreach, Education and Screening
Bethesda, MD

Prince William Hospital
Increase low income, under/uninsured women’s participation in breast screening and follow-up care
Manassas, VA

The Red Devils, Inc.
Treatment Transportation for Prince George's County Breast Cancer Patients
Baltimore, MD

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
The Patient/Provider Education Project (PPEP)
Washington, D.C.

Vietnamese Resettlement Association
Breast Care Outreach and Education
Falls Church, VA

Continuing through from 2013
Arlington Free 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
MCC Medical Clinic's Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention Program
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

Continuing through from 2012
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

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

Howard University Cancer Center
Women of Promise
Washington, D.C. Wards 7 and 8

Continuing through from 2011
Providence Health Foundation
Komen Accelerating Breast Cancer Diagnosis Project
Washington, D.C. Wards 7 & 8

Adventist HealthCare
Navigate to Health: Rapid Referral Program
Prince George’s County

About Susan G. Komen®

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. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided almost $1.7 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on Facebook at and Twitter @SusanGKomen.


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