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REACH wins $40,000 Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant
Jun 09, 2010

(June 9, 2010) The Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently awarded $40,000 to North Adams Regional Hospital and REACH for Community Health to expand the REACH for Breast Health program. The grant will be used to strengthen REACH for Breast Health’s support services.
“We are so grateful for the support of Komen for the Cure,” said Polly Macpherson, MS, REACH for Breast Health manager. “This funding makes breast health education and personalized support services easily accessible to our patients here in rural northwestern Massachusetts. Komen funding makes it possible for us to provide an array of resources comparable to those readily available to women in the larger metropolitan centers of our state.”
“We are grateful to receive funding once again from the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” said Rick Palmisano, president and chief executive officer of Northern Berkshire Healthcare.  “Each grant cycle brings more rigorous competition and more highly qualified applicants for these limited funds.  We are especially honored to have our program selected again this year.” 
“REACH for Community Health is an exceptional component of North Adams Regional Hospital that works hard to help local women through the treatment and recovery of breast cancer,” said Jeanette Beltran, Director of Community Initiatives for the Massachusetts Affiliate. “Thanks to the Massachusetts affiliate’s annual fundraisers, we are able to provide grants, such as this one, to help fund local services and programs that address breast health needs throughout Massachusetts.”
Macpherson explained that REACH for Breast Health will adapt and pilot the National Cancer Institute’s evidence-based program model, “Managing Uncertainty Day-to-Day” for breast cancer survivors.  The personalized audio and video tape program will be available to women living in northern Berkshire.  REACH will collaborate with the Women’s Imaging Center of Berkshire Medical Center, also a Komen grantee, which will provide the program to women residing in the central and southern areas of Berkshire County.
REACH for Breast Health strengthens outreach, education, and patient navigation components of breast health services in the area. For information, call (413) 664-5170.


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