Komen awards grant money to help fight breast cancer

By Victoria

DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) --{} It was a big night in the fight against breast cancer, as Susan G. Komen Lowcountry gave out $6500 dollars in grants Tuesday.Eleven local organizations will get the much needed money to help women and men get mammograms and treatment.This is the first time the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic has gotten a grant from Komen.{} It serves people on Johns Island, Wadmalaw and Charleston.Wanda Weart with the clinic says the money{}will not only help with screenings and treatment, but with education.{}"We're going to be networking with St. Johns High School with the art program and art teacher to be able to help spread the message about cancer and awareness and prevention methods," said Weart.The clinic will get nearly $34,000.The ALALA Cancer Society will get a check as well, for $38,000.{} It helps breast cancer survivors who suffer from Lymphedema, a swelling of the limbs.{} More than a third of patients develop the problem, which is most commonly treated with a compression garment typically not covered by insurance."The grant allows us to provide these items free of charge to the breast cancer survivors which is absolutely wonderful," said Sherry Norris who works for the ALALA Cancer Society.In all, 11 organizations will get checks from Komen.{} They are; ALALA Cancer Society, Allendale County Hospital, Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic, Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health, Best Chance Network, Hollings Cancer Center/MUSC, McLeod Health, Regional Medical Center Orangeburg, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, United Way of BCH and Volunteers in Medicine.The money given{} is raised by Komen through community fundraisers,{} like the Race for the Cure.