Providence Cancer Center Names Research Lab for Susan G. Komen

Total Komen Support Surpasses $1.2 Million
Providence Cancer Center and Susan G. Komen will celebrate a
mutual dedication to research when Providence names a research lab for Susan G. Komen.  The naming is in recognition of almost $1.1 million in Komen grants to Providence researchers and more than $160,000 in support of breast cancer screening and education. These grants to Providence were made
possible by Komen’s donors and funders.  
 
Thomas Bruner, CEO of Komen Oregon/SW Washington, states “With ten women and men dying from breast cancer each week in Oregon, the need to find the cures is urgent. Providence researchers are working on some of the most complex issues in the pursuit of breast cancer cures and treatment. We are proud to be among their partners and donors.”
 
In addition to research, Komen funds have supported breast cancer screening, culturally-specific outreach to Latinas and Vietnamese Americans, and staff training on lymphedema treatment. 
 
Komen is the largest non-governmental funder of breast cancer research in the world, with more than $800 million invested so far, including $11.3 million to researchers at Providence and OHSU Knight Cancer Center.  Across Oregon and SW Washington, Komen has donated more than $29 million to  research, early detection, survivor support and advocacy.
 
Komen is the leader in spreading breast cancer awareness throughout the world. Due largely to that leadership, breast cancer deaths have plummeted 33% since 1990, and 5-year survival rates when breast cancer is detected early have increased from 72% in 1982 to 99% today. 
 
Providence will hold a naming celebration for Komen and Providence supporters on February 6, 2014. Dave Underriner, CEO of Providence-Oregon, and a member of Komen’s advisory board, and Walter Urba, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Research, will host the celebration. 
 
A summary of Komen’s financial support of Providence’s breast cancer work is below. 
 
Komen Research Grants to Providence: 
Year Investigator Amount 
2012 Keith Bahjat $450,000 
2011 Michael J Gough $449,888 
2009 Hong‐Ming Hu, Yuhuan Li $180,000 
 
Subtotal: $1,079,888
 
Komen Non-Research Grants to Providence:
 
Year Project Title Amount
2013 Next Steps Against Breast Cancer – survivor support group $2,000 
2012 Community Screening Event - transportation & childcare $2,000
2011 Staff Training on Lymphedema Treatment - Seaside $2,000
2010 Staff Training on Lymphedema Treatment - St Vincent $2,000 
2009 Staff Training on Lymphedema Treatment - Portland $2,000 
2008 Vietnamese-American Volunteer Health Educator Program $16,176 
2008 Building Bridges – education class for Latinas $2,500
2007 Vietnamese-American Volunteer Health Educator Program $40,000 
2002
Development of Integrative Medicine Program – St Vincent 
$40,000
1999 Breast Cancer Screenings $15,000 
1998 Breast Cancer Screenings $19,893
1996 Community Education and Outreach $7,000 
1995 Breast Cancer Issues Conference $5,000
1992 Breast Cancer Screenings $5,173
 
Subtotal: $160,742 
 
Total:  $1,240,630 
 
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