Wheeler, Ore. - May 22, 2006 - The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Oregon and SW Washington Affiliate has announced that the Rinehart Clinic has been awarded a Komen Community Grant for $32,030. The community-based nonprofit is one of 26 programs selected this year to receive funding.

"We see individuals and communities engaged in the fight against breast cancer in profoundly effective and moving ways," said Christine McDonald, executive director of the local Komen Affiliate. "The Community Grants we fund are a strong link in efforts to identify breast cancer and mitigate its potentially devastating consequences."

This year, the local Komen Affiliate is able to provide $649,918 to 26 community and transportation programs around the state, an increase over last year's grants of $433,900 and 18 programs. This increase is due to the successful Race for the CureĀ®, a generous donation from Safeway and other committed donors.

More than 211,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed among women in the United States each year, and the Pacific Northwest has the highest rate of breast cancer in the country. The disease exerts an enormous impact on families, workplaces and the health care system.

Through its Komen Community Grant, the The Rinehart Clinic will fund the Rinehart Clinic Breast Health Project. "Improving Early Detection of Breast Cancer in North Tillamook County" aims to improve the early detection rates of breast cancer among women in the northern Tillamook County through educational outreach and presentations about the early detection of breast cancer. The program also will provide intensive follow up to determine if attendees do get a mammogram and CBE, and it will encourage women to follow through with their appointments.

"Research shows that if an individual is unable to afford their drug as prescribed, they will alter how they take it or not have the prescription filled in order to afford rent, gas, or food," said Melissa Paulissen, Breast Health Educator for The Rinehart Clinic. "We worry that similarly, many of our low income citizens do not access screening services available to them due to lack of resources and information. Thanks to the Komen Foundation, the Rinehart Clinic can improve the rate of early diagnosis and increase survival rates for women in the area through intensive outreach, education and transportation assistance."

The Komen Community Grants are made possible by funds raised locally through the annual Komen Portland Race for the CureĀ®, annual giving and other area fundraisers. Seventy-five percent of dollars raised in Oregon and SW Washington go to fund community grant programs, survivor support services and vital screening. The remaining 25 percent funds research grants on a national level.

"The education, screening and support services provided in communities such as Wheeler are helping to create a culture of knowledge and understanding," said McDonald. "The increased awareness of risk factors, treatment and support services will help reduce both the incidence and mortality rates of breast cancer."

About The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer at the age of 36. The mission of the Komen Foundation is to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. The local Oregon and SW Washington Affiliate was established 15 years ago. For more information about the local Komen Affiliate, visit www.komenoregon.org.

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