Samaritan Health Ministries in Cedar Park is pleased to announce that it has been selected to receive $10,000 in funding from Susan G. Komen® Austin. The funds from this grant provide life-saving breast cancer screenings for some of the most vulnerable women in Cedar Park, Leander, and surrounding communities.
“No woman should die of breast cancer because she can’t access care,” said Karen Shultz, Interim Executive Director at Komen Austin. “A case of breast cancer is diagnosed every two minutes in the U.S. The disease is prevalent but if caught early and treated, has a 99 percent survival rate. We work every day to ensure that survival is the outcome for the women in our community.”
Samaritan Health Ministries is a clinic serving uninsured patients in Williamson and Travis Counties. Komen Austin funds enable Samaritan Health Ministries to provide breast cancer screening mammograms to 120 women, plus 50 additional diagnostic mammograms, sonograms, or ultrasounds. “We are very grateful to have the opportunity to provide this vital service to our patients,” says Erika Pratt, Executive Director of Samaritan Health Ministries. “Many of the women who come to the clinic know there is something wrong, and they are scared and in need of answers. This grant puts sick patients on the road to treatment very quickly.”
Last year Samaritan Health Ministries saw more than 800 patients in its clinic, providing a medical home for people who would likely go without care or visit a hospital emergency room instead. Samaritan has a small staff and enlists volunteer health care providers to treat patients who come to the clinic.
About Susan G. Komen® Austin
Saving lives locally. Fighting breast cancer globally.
Susan G. Komen® Austin is an Austin-based nonprofit committed to saving lives locally and fighting breast cancer globally. Komen Austin is the only local breast cancer organization attacking the disease on all fronts – education, screening, treatment, follow-up care, survivorship support, advocacy and research. The organization serves the women and men in the city’s five-county area battling breast cancer by removing barriers to care for the uninsured and underinsured. Of the funds raised annually, Komen Austin invests up to 75 percent into local community health care grants and educational initiatives; the remaining 25 percent is invested into global research to find the cures for breast cancer.