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Komen grant to support genetic counseling center

April 26, 2016

Susan G. Komen Central Indiana awarded $12,570 to Indiana State University during Komen Central Indiana's 2016-2017 grant cycle.

The grant will be used to fund Indiana State's Genetic Counseling Center at Union Hospital, which will open later this year and provide genetic testing to individuals who would not otherwise be able to receive these services. The clinic plans to serve low-income, underserved patients in Vigo County and surrounding counties who will be referred to by their doctor.

"We are honored to be part of a new collaboration between the master's of genetic counseling program at Indiana State University and Union Hospital," said Megan Tucker, director of the genetic counseling program at Indiana State. "With assistance through a grant from Komen Central Indiana, we will be able to provide funding for women who wish to seek cancer genetic counseling but cannot afford this critical service to get them the medical care they need. This will improve the lives of countless individuals and their families."

The master's degree in genetic counseling is a comprehensive program to train students toward certification in genetic counseling. The interdisciplinary program includes courses from biology, psychology, philosophy and counseling.

Over the years, Komen Central Indiana has awarded more than $20 million in Community Impact Grants to local organizations that deliver breast health services in central Indiana and the Wabash Valley. These grants are focused on helping local women, men and families with the early detection of breast cancer and navigating treatment.

Grant funds cover screenings (clinical breast exams and mammograms), diagnostics (biopsies and ultrasounds), treatment assistance, health care navigation, medication assistance and support services, such as transportation, to ensure women complete treatment with support they need but cannot afford. Grants were selected by an independent grant review panel that reflects the community.

"We are so proud of the work Komen Central Indiana grantees do in Indiana to help local women, men and families overcome breast cancer with access to healthcare and navigating treatment. It is because of the terrific community support for Susan G. Komen Central Indiana that we can continue to make an impact through these grants," said Natalie Sutton, executive director of Komen Central Indiana.

As a result of the 2014-2015 Komen Central Indiana community grants, more than 100 local women and men received their diagnoses of breast cancer, allowing them to seek and receive the treatment they need. In 2014-2015, Komen Central Indiana grant funding reached more than 26,000 Indiana residents with 40,000 life-saving breast health services including mammograms, diagnostics, patient navigation and survivor support.

Through generous gifts of time, money and personal commitment, Komen Central Indiana helps local women today with early detection and navigating treatment in 41 central Indiana counties. Komen helps women tomorrow by conducting research to make detection easier, care better and outcomes more successful.

For more information, go to komencentralindiana.org or call 317-638-2873 for more information.

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Media Contact: Libby Roerig, communications director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or libby.roerig@indstate.edu

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The grant will be used to fund Indiana State's Genetic Counseling Center at Union Hospital, which will open later this year and provide genetic testing to individuals who would not otherwise be able to receive these services.

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