Fish River Rural Health recipient of the Maine Affiliate Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant

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2 August 2012

EAGLE LAKE- Fish River Rural Health (FRRH), a Federally Qualified Health Center with sites in Eagle Lake and Fort Kent, is pleased to announce that their organization is the recipient of a $26,196 grant from the Maine Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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This initiative will offer comprehensive breast health education outreach program to FRRH patients and the community population. With this funding, FRRH will be holding Lunch and Learn sessions on breast related topics within its region. FRRH has established a breast cancer support group called The Journey that meets every other month in Fort Kent. Due to the success of the first book, “Valley of Courage”, FRRH is currently in the planning phase of a second breast cancer survivor/family book. No-cost or low-cost mammograms are available to qualifying FRRH patients under this grant. Last year alone, FRRH through Komen funding, assisted 13 qualifying patients for this service, a cost of over $1,535. Funding can assist with travel reimbursement for patients to see specialists or receive care at treatment centers as it relates to the breasts. In FRRH’s previous funding cycle, the agency was able to financially assist patients with travel reimbursement, which covered a total of 4,380 miles.

“The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer in 1980 at the age of 36.”

One notable event held annually by the Foundation is the Komen Maine Race for the Cure.

According to Sue Bouchard, RN, Nurse Manager at Fish River Rural Health, “We are very thrilled and excited about this funding opportunity and look forward to providing breast awareness initiatives to our area residents and releasing another breast cancer survivor/family book. In our first book, “Valley of Courage”, women shared that writing their story/journey provided an outlet for further healing and we hope to capture this same response with the second book.”

FRRH credits the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure for their contributions to these efforts. Residents are encouraged to contact Diane Voisine at 444-5973 for more information on any of the above initiatives or to inquire about participating in the second book.