|[April 27, 2012]
Program for Medically Underserved Women in Akron Launches with KeyBank Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
AKRON, Ohio --(Business Wire)--
A unique program that provides one-on-one outreach and support to
minority and medically underserved women launches in Akron May 3, when
KeyBank Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure gather community
leaders for a Regional Breast Health Summit and begin training more than
two dozen Komen Community Health Advisors for the Akron area.
The Akron launch is the second in Northeast Ohio and the U.S.
Nationally, the program will train more than 500 community volunteers to
provide breast cancer education and support to minority and medically
underserved women in cities served by KeyBank and Komen, the world's
largest breast cancer organization. Funded by a $1 million grant from
KeyBank Foundation, the program will expand to serve more than 110,000
women in 18 KeyBank communities over the next two years.
This community-based initiative, which officially kicked off in
Cleveland April 12, is in keeping with Komen's focus on lowering death
rates from breast cancer in minority and medically underserved
"Breast cancer is diagnosed every two minutes, and a woman dies of
breast cancer every 13 minutes in the United States," said Beth E.
Mooney, KeyCorp Chairman and CEO. "Its impact is especially devastating
for women of color, who are more likely to die from breast cancer, and
for poor or uninsured women. Our investment in this community health
program reflects our corporate diversity vision and is just one way we
give back to the communities where the people of Key live and work."
"Ohio is among the top five states for breast cancer mortality," said
Jeffrey C. Douglas, president of Key's Eastern Ohio District. "That's
why an initiative such as this is crucial to encourage early detection
The Regional Breast Health Summit will focus on improving access to
quality breast health services for uninsured, low-income and medically
underserved women in the Akron area. Featured panelists at the Summit
Heidi M. Eve-Cahoon MSN, CNP, Breast Care Coordinator, Summa
Melonie Michelson MA, Program Coordinator, D. Gary Benfield
Regional Fetal Treatment Center, Akron Children's Hospital;
Dr. Jessica Partin MD, Co-Medical Director, Breast Health
Center, Akron General Hospital;
Jeffrey C. Douglas, President, Eastern Ohio District of
Lee and Kathy Giller, male breast cancer survivor and
After the summit, 25 local volunteers will begin training as community
health advisors who will educate and provide critical support to women
facing breast cancer.
The initiative will grow during 2012 and 2013 to train more than 500
advisors in 18 cities: Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Columbus,
Dayton and Toledo in Ohio; Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse in
New York; Indianapolis; Denver; Bonita Springs, FL.; Tacoma, Bellevue
and Bellingham in Washington, and Portland, OR.
"Susan G. Komen has worked for 30 years to reach the most vulnerable
women in our society with information and support that could save their
lives," said Nancy G. Brinker, Komen Founder and CEO. "It's a tragedy
that still today, so many women are unaware of their risk for breast
cancer and lackaccess to resources, treatment and care. KeyBank's
commitment to building this community initiative brings us all closer to
the ultimate goal of a world without death from breast cancer."
Minority Health Issues
While African American women in Northeast Ohio over the age of 40 are
diagnosed with breast cancer at a significantly lower rate (92.57 versus
126.57), their mortality rate from breast cancer is nearly equal to that
of their Caucasian counterparts (29.83 versus 30.69). Projects funded
through Komen Northeast Ohio's community grants program, such as the
Muffins for Mammograms program offered at Akron General Medical Center
(AGMC), work hard to diminish this disparity.
An estimated 35 percent of women 40 and over in Summit County have gone
without a mammogram in the last 12 months. AGMC works to reduce barriers
preventing women from gaining access to life saving services by
educating women on positive breast health practices and the importance
of early detection. This education, in turn, allows women access to
AGMC's free/low cost mammography screenings. In 2011, their outreach
program provided 750 screening mammograms and potential follow-up care
to women who were uninsured, underinsured, and/or representative of
"The importance of education on vital screening services is already
being demonstrated here locally in Northeast Ohio," said Sophie Sureau,
executive director of the Komen Northeast Ohio Affiliate. "The need for
these programs is growing all across the country. The support from
KeyBank Foundation is integral to show how impactful education programs
can be and hopefully inspire additional like-minded initiatives that
target the most vulnerable populations that need these services the
KeyBank and its employees have a long history of actively supporting the
Komen Northeast Ohio Affiliate, which was honored by the global breast
cancer organization as the 2009 Affiliate of the Year.
In 2010, KeyBank was a platinum sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Northeast
Ohio Race for the Cure® and helped generate more than $100,000 to
support the organization. That amount included the efforts of 375 Key
Corporate and Community Bank employees, friends, family members and
clients who joined Team "KeyBank - Unlock the Cure" and raised more than
$60,000 through grassroots fundraising, including race pledges, events,
matching gifts and more.
"Our people are very enthusiastic in their support of Komen and are
eagerly looking forward to September, when Team 'KeyBank - Unlock the
Cure' will be a big part of this year's Race for the Cure," said Mooney.
"Across the country, other KeyBank districts are also making great
strides in their partnerships with Race for the Cure events, including
Denver, where employees created a team through their Key Executive
About KeyBank Foundation
KeyBank Foundation is a nonprofit charitable foundation, funded by
KeyCorp. Founded in 1969 as Society Foundation, it became known as Key
Foundation in 1996 and KeyBank Foundation in 2009. The Foundation,
through its civic programs, corporate contributions and volunteerism
supports organizations that foster economic self-sufficiency,
principally where KeyBank operates. As a corporate neighbor, the
Foundation advances economic self-sufficiency through its funding
priorities, which help communities and individuals prosper:
Financial Education - Fostering effective financial management and
understanding of financial services and tools
Workforce Development - Providing training and placement for people to
access job opportunities
Diversity - Promoting inclusive environments by employing systemic
changes to improve the access of individuals of diverse backgrounds
Key traces its history back more than 160 years and is headquartered in
Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation's largest bank-based financial
services companies, Key has assets of approximately $89 billion, as of
March 31, 2012.
Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services
to individuals as well as small and medium-sized businesses in 14 states
under the name of KeyBank National Association. Key also provides a
broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products,
such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and
equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in
selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc
Capital Markets trade name.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she
would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. Today, Susan G.
Komen for the Cure works to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout
the world through groundbreaking research, community health outreach,
advocacy and programs in more than 50 countries. Visit komen.org.
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About Susan G. Komen for the Cure Northeast
Since 1994, the Northeast Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
has raised $20 million to provide funding and support to Northeast Ohio
agencies working to create a world without breast cancer. In 2012, Komen
Northeast Ohio will grant over $1.1 million to 17 agencies across the
region. The agencies provide mammograms and screening, breast cancer
education and ongoing support to women, men, their families and friends.
Up to seventy-five percent of the money raised locally funds programs in
Northeast Ohio, and the remaining 25 percent helps fund the Susan G.
Komen for the Cure National Research Grant Program. Our vision is to
create a world without breast cancer.
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