Funds from Race for the Cure helping those in rural areas

BOISE -- This Saturday women and men will be racing and walking for a cure for breast cancer.

However, the funds you put into the Idaho Susan G. Komen event do even more for the women of Idaho.

We wanted you to know how the money is spent locally?

First of all, you should know the money from last year s event was given out a couple of months ago.

In Idaho, $250,000 went to 14 grantees, and Saint Alphonsus is one of them.

It s the big pink mobile mammography truck parked outside its Breast Care Center that uses some of those funds, to bring free breast screenings to women without insurance or even those who have insurance that doesn't cover a mammogram.the mobile unit reaches women who don't live close to a screening facility.

We hear stories all the time of women who drive hours just to get a screening mammogram on the mobiles. We ll park at a clinic or a coffee shop. We go to places where there is nobody around for hours. So access to care is a big challenge in our state, so the mobile addresses that, said Jackie Babb, Director of BCC Operations at Saint Alphonsus Health System.

And lives are being saved.

There were six individuals that were diagnosed with breast cancer using the Komen funds for screening mammography, said Bibb, regarding the funds that were given to Saint Alphonsus last year.

So that s six ladies who didn t know they had cancer, but found out they did because of the Komen funds. That's money well spent!


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