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SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE® An amazing Race and so much more!

Did you know that this year, the Salt Lake City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has given $650,000 to local organizations that provide breast cancer screening, treatment, or education?

Debbie Mintowt, Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Affiliate, thinks that this is one of the Affiliate’s best kept secrets. “I know that everyone is aware of the Race for the Cure. After all, it is Salt Lake’s largest race, with over 17,000 participants. But many people are surprised to know that we have a local presence, and that we provide significant grants to organizations that support our work.”

In fact, up to 75 percent of our net income stays in the local community to fund breast health education, breast cancer screening and treatment projects. And a minimum of 25 percent of the local Komen Affiliate’s net income supports the national Komen for the Cure Grant Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific conferences around the world. What’s more, dollars from the national grant program often find their way back to Utah in the way of research funding for grants at local institutions like the University of Utah.

Leanne Peters, Mission Manager, focuses her time on administering the grants process for the Salt Lake City Affiliate. “This is such a rewarding job. I have the honor of working with so many fine organizations that become our partners in finding ways to ensure prevention or early detection of breast cancer. Local grants are awarded based on merit and need. Every two years we do a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the needs within the state.” Recent findings from this study show that there seem to be large gaps in health care delivery for women who do not have health care coverage. The higher rates of uninsured women living along the

“ It is a moving memorial to too many lives lost, and a collective, brave and defiant statement that one day, we WILL find a cure! ”

Wasatch Front suggest that there are areas that lack adequate breast health services, especially with regard to screenings and mammograms. In addition, there is a need to address the growing health care needs of the Hispanic population and for residents in Summit and Wasatch counties.

Over and above providing grants, Debbie Mintowt wants the Affiliate to become known as a resource for women in the community confronted with a breast cancer diagnosis as well as healthy women who want to know how to reduce their risk. “ is an outstanding web site with extensive information on breast cancer. And our office has a supply of materials that address a diversity of issues, from the emotional impact on you and your family, to information packets with detailed medical facts.”

The Affiliate has several activities and events through the year. Not least is the Survivor Luncheon. “To kick off October’s breast cancer awareness month, 500 women gather to learn, share, and celebrate their journey. This is an incredibly touching event that keeps us very focused on our mission,” said Debbie Mintowt. “And then there is the Race for the Cure!” The flagship fundraiser of the Affiliate, the Salt Lake City Race for the Cure takes place on Saturday, May 7 (Mother’s Day weekend). Granted, it is a crowded event. But no one pretends this is really about athleticism and winning. It is a testament to the thousands of women who confront the disease of breast cancer. And it is a moving memorial to too many lives lost and a collective, brave and defiant statement that one day, we WILL find a cure!

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