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Baptist DeSoto receives grant from Komen Memphis-MidSouth to provide breast health services

The Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen recently awarded a $60,000 grant to Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto to provide screening and diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds to underserved women in DeSoto, Marshall, Tate, and Tunica counties

At Baptist DeSoto, the grant from Komen for the Cure will support Caring for Women, an initiative to provide these essential breast health services to women who would not otherwise be able to afford them.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and the Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate is one of 119 affiliates dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational and financial barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment.

“With Memphis being one of the most impoverished metropolitan cities in the nation and women the most likely to be living in poverty, there is a great need to bridge the health care gap as it relates to breast health options locally,” explains Elaine Hare, executive director of the Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. “The grant recipients selected this year will provide breast health services for thousands of women in our 21-county service area. We are only able to do this great work because of the funds we raise due to the tremendous community support we receive each year at the Race for the Cure.”

Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County, Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle also received Komen grants. For more information, please contact the hospitals. Eligibility requirements may differ.

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