DENVER – Nearly 30 breast health and breast cancer projects will share more than $2 million in grants from Komen Colorado.


Tuesday night the work of those groups will be highlighted at the Hope for the Cure ceremony.

Denver's Race for the Cure raises a large chunk of those funds as do other events year-round in Colorado.

The focus is the treatment and diagnosis of breast cancer in underserved communities and with women and men who are uninsured.


The new CEO of Susan G. Komen is in Denver for the event. Many viewers question whether too much time and money goes to breast cancer specifically. We asked Dr. Judith Salerno how she responds to that question.

"Our understanding of cancers in general and how a cancer cell is activated has applications across many kinds of cancers," Salerno said. "I'll give you a really good example. In St. Louis, we're funding a large grant where they're looking at a vaccine approach to recurrence of breast cancer. An amazing piece of research and we're optimistic that something very important will come out of this. But who's working on this? Melanoma researchers. So they're taking what they've learned from melanoma and putting it into the breast cancer arena," she said.


Dr. Salerno says the Komen mission is still to see a world without breast cancer. She points out the progress made in understanding the many forms of disease and tailoring treatment for individual patients.

The money funding grants for the 2014-15 grant year is broken down into the following categories: screening (51%), treatment (35%), treatment support (8%) and patient navigation and breast health education (5%).

The following are the 2014-15 grant recipients:

Screening Programs

Aspen Valley Hospital

Clinica Tepeyac

Colorado Community Health Network

Community Health Services

Denver Health Foundation

Grand River Health

Mountain Family Health Centers

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (Denver and Aspen)

Saint Joseph Hospital Breast Care Center and Mobile Mammography Project

Salud Family Health Centers

Tri-County Health Department

Treatment Programs

Denver Health Foundation

McKee Medical Center Foundation (McKee)

Poudre Valley Health System Foundation

Saint Anthony Health Foundation

Saint Joseph Hospital at Caritas Clinic

Community Health Worker Programs

Clinica Tepeyac

Colorado Foundation for Public Health & Environment and CREA Results

Native American Cancer Research

Rocky Mountain Rural Health

Patient Support

Denver Health Foundation

Mt. Evans Home Health and Hospice

Project Angel Heart

Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation

Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance

Sense of Security

Spa 4 the Pink

The grants will support programs and projects throughout the affiliate's 22-county service area. In addition, Komen Colorado is investing more than $570,000 into national breast cancer research to find a cure.

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