Treatment Assistance Program

SUSAN G. KOMEN® HAWAII ANNOUNCES NEW TREATMENT ASSISTANCE INVESTMENT FOR LOCAL BREAST CANCER PATIENTS

HONOLULU, HI_SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 – Susan G. Komen® Hawaii has initiated a new investment in its commitment to support local women dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis.  As part of the organization’s Bold Goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026, Komen Hawaii is contributing $25,000 to Komen’s National Treatment Assistance Program, with funds earmarked to provide direct financial assistance for local patients dealing with the crippling costs associated with breast cancer treatment.

“No one should have to choose between putting food on the table and getting the treatment they need to save their life.  Yet we know that there are many barriers that often prevent breast cancer patients from accessing the care they need,” said Amanda Stevens, Executive Director.  “Thanks to the support of our donors, we will help remove some of these barriers for our neighbors in need.”

To be eligible, patients must have incomes at or below 250% of the federal poverty line and an active breast cancer diagnosis. The program covers limited costs associated with breast cancer treatment such as oral pain medication, anti-nausea medication, oral chemotherapy/hormone therapy, child care/elder care, home care, transportation, lymphedema care and supplies, and durable medical equipment. For more information, call the Susan G. Komen Breast Care Helpline Monday-Friday 9am-10pm ET at 1-877 GO KOMEN (465-6636) or email helpline@komen.org.

About Susan G. Komen and Komen Hawaii

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Hawaii is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancers in the local community. Through events like the Komen Hawaii Race for the Cure®, Komen Hawaii has invested $4,421,900 in community breast health programs throughout the State of Hawaii and has helped contribute to the more than $1 billion invested globally in research. For more information, call 808-754-6659or visit www.komenhawaii.org