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Komen for the Cure awards NARH $40,000 for breast health program
May 11, 2012

(May 11, 2012) The Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently awarded $40,000 to North Adams Regional Hospital’s Breast Health Program. The grant will be used to strengthen support services.
“We are so grateful for the support of Komen for the Cure,” said Adriane Strolle, manager of NARH’s Breast Health Program. “This funding makes breast health education and personalized support services easily accessible to our patients here in rural northwestern Massachusetts. Komen funding makes it possible for us to provide an array of resources comparable to those readily available to women in the larger metropolitan centers of our state.”
Strolle said the program will adapt and pilot the National Cancer Institute’s evidence-based program model, “Friend to Friend,” an outreach program that targets low-income women and women of color, and encourages breast cancer screening.  Strolle will collaborate with the Women’s Imaging Center of Berkshire Medical Center, also a Komen grantee, which will provide the program to women residing in the central and southern areas of Berkshire County.
“We are very grateful to receive funding once again from the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” said Bill Frado, president and chief executive officer of Northern Berkshire Healthcare.  “Each grant cycle brings more rigorous competition and more highly qualified applicants for these limited funds.  We are especially honored to have our program selected again this year.” 
“The breast health program is an exceptional component of North Adams Regional Hospital that works hard to help local women through the treatment and recovery of breast cancer,” said Jeanette Beltran, Director of Community Initiatives for the Massachusetts Affiliate. “Thanks to the Massachusetts affiliate’s annual fundraisers, we are able to provide grants, such as this one, to help fund local services and programs that address breast health needs throughout Massachusetts.”
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