Komen Central Tennessee national treatment assistance program now taking applications

COOKEVILLE – Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee has announced a new investment in its commitment to support local women dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. As part of the organization’s Bold Goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the US by 2026, Komen Central Tennessee is contributing $25,000 to Komen’s National Treatment Assistance Program, with funds earmarked to provide direct financial assistance for local patients dealing with the crippling costs associated with breast cancer treatment. The Komen Treatment Assistance Program is now taking applications for assistance in the Komen Central Tennessee affiliate region.

“No one should have to choose between putting food on the table and getting the treatment they need to save their life. Yet we know that there are many barriers that often prevent breast cancer patients from accessing the care they need,” said Central Tennessee Executive Director Patty Harman. “Thanks to the support of our donors, we will help remove some of these barriers for our neighbors in need.”

To be eligible, patients must have incomes at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty line and an active breast cancer diagnosis. The program covers limited costs associated with breast cancer treatment such as oral pain medication, anti-nausea medication, oral chemotherapy/hormone therapy, child care/elder care, home care, transportation, lymphedema care and supplies, and durable medical equipment. For more information, call the Susan G. Komen Breast Care Helpline Monday-Friday 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. CST at 1-877 GO KOMEN (465-6636) or email helpline@komen.org.

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit. 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 is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community.

Through the current year, at events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, Komen Central Tennessee has invested $9,825,542 in Central Tennessee community breast health programs and has helped contribute to the more than $956 million invested globally in research. For more information, call (615) 383-0017 or visit KomenCentralTennessee.org.

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