Announcing the Komen California Response Fund

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Media Contact:
Erin Chandler
(916) 231-3145
echandler@komennccalifornia.org

SUSAN G. KOMEN® AFFILIATES ACROSS CALIFORNIA LAUNCH RESPONSE FUND TO SUPPORT BREAST CANCER PATIENTS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Fund Will Support Urgent Needs of People Facing Breast Cancer During Health and Economic Crisis

Sacramento, Calif., (April 08, 2020) – The California affiliates of Susan G. Komen are announcing the formation of its Komen California Response Fund to combat the consequences of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is greatly impacting the lives of local patients battling breast cancer. This fund will help support the unique needs of residents facing breast cancer during this health and economic crisis across their services areas including Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Inland Empire, and Northern and Central California.

The impact of COVID-19, including rising unemployment, mandatory stay at home orders, and an overburdened healthcare system are causing the perfect storm for breast cancer patients who have questions or need care. The fund allows California Komen affiliates to use the funds in whatever manner they deem necessary to provide those they serve with the care they need through existing and expanding programs and services. The Komen California Response Fund answers urgent needs in the local breast cancer community today, ensuring those facing a breast cancer diagnosis can still access vital services, including:

  • Patient navigation to support the local breast health community in gaining access to vital resources for treatment by breaking down economic, social, and emotional barriers
  • Financial assistance for cost of living expenses for those in active treatment
  • Advocacy for transformative health policies and improved access to affordable, high-quality breast health and cancer care services
  • Virtual educational experiences facilitated by experts to provide critical, timely information related to breast health and COVID19 and addressing questions and concerns on how to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Virtual Safe Community Space for survivors, those living with Metastatic Breast Cancer and advocates to share their stories, build connections and support during this time
  • Lifesaving research and clinical trials to discover new treatments
  • Operational Support in partnership with local breast health organizations to help meet higher demands they are seeing during COVID-19 pandemic

The Komen California Response Fund will be helping patients, survivors, caregivers, and families who urgently need support now more than ever.

Individuals and companies interested in supporting the unique needs of breast cancer patients during this health crisis are encouraged to visit COVID-19 Updates to learn more and to contribute to the fund or call Komen Northern & Central California at (916) 231-3148 or email echandler@komennccalifornia.org.

About Susan G. Komen®
Susan G. Komen® is the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer organization, working to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Komen has an unmatched, comprehensive 360-degree approach to fighting this disease across all fronts and supporting millions of people in the U.S. and in countries worldwide. We advocate for patients, drive research breakthroughs, improve access to high-quality care, offer direct patient support and empower people with trustworthy information. Founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life, Komen remains committed to supporting those affected by breast cancer today, while tirelessly searching for tomorrow’s cures.

About Susan G. Komen® Northern & Central California
Komen Northern and Central California is helping fuel research, advocate for patients and support people facing breast cancer locally through a variety of direct patient-centered services and by collaborating with area providers to remove barriers and connect people to needed care across the county. For more information, call (916) 231-3148 or visit komennccalifornia.org.

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