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Gundersen Medical Foundation receives grant from Susan G. Komen Minnesota to provide breast cancer screening and education

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Susan G. Komen Minnesota has awarded a $26,251 grant to Gundersen Medical Foundation to provide breast cancer screening and education in rural Fillmore and Houston counties for the second consecutive year. The program will provide 50 women who are uninsured or underinsured and not eligible for the Sage program with free screening mammograms and breast health education aboard Gundersen Health System’s Mobile Mammography Unit.

“Since 1993, Susan G. Komen Minnesota has raised more than $38 million and awarded grants to non-profit organizations supporting critical breast health and breast cancer programs in Minnesota. With these funds, women in Minnesota are able to have access to breast health awareness and education, breast cancer screening and a number of treatment support services. We’re so pleased with the breast health services that Gundersen is bringing to the community and are proud to support programs that have an immediate impact,” states Denise Blumberg-Tendle, director of Mission Initiatives, Susan G. Komen Minnesota.

The Mobile Mammography Unit will be stationed at Gundersen’s regional clinics in Houston, Harmony, La Crescent and Spring Grove 36 times between now and March 31,2015. Additionally, the Houston County Fair and Miken Sports in Caledonia, Minn., will host one-day screening events. New to the program this year is additional funding for diagnostic services for five women who require follow-up testing and cannot afford these additional procedures.

“Detecting breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage through a screening mammogram remains the best way to fight the disease. Through this generous grant, we can reach out to a population of women who may not have otherwise had an opportunity to receive a mammogram,” says Joni Olson, clinical manager, Gundersen Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care.

Upcoming screening events will be held:

•Gundersen Harmony Clinic, (507) 886-8888

July 16, Sept. 24, Nov. 25

•Gundersen Houston Clinic, (507) 896-6000

June 24, July 24, Aug. 29, Sept. 11, Oct. 28, Nov. 14

•Gundersen La Crescent Clinic, (507) 895-6610

Jul 22, Aug. 13, Sept. 25, Oct. 16, Nov. 13

•Gundersen Spring Grove Clinic, (507) 498-3302

June 23, Aug. 25, Oct. 20, Dec. 15, Dec. 19

•Houston County Fair, Caledonia, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Aug. 16

Thousands of lives are saved through screening mammography. Schedule your mammogram by calling the Gundersen Clinic nearest you.

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