Grant awarded to Life After Breast Cancer program

CAPTION FOR PHOTO: Susan G. Komen Maryland presents a check for support of the Life After Breast Cancer program at MAC Inc., the Area Agency on Aging. From left are, MAC Executive Director Pattie Tingle; Robin Ritchie, cancer survivorship coordinator; and Lori Yates, Eastern Shore manager for Susan G. Komen Maryland. The presentation was made in the Healing Rose Garden, which is part of the Cancer Survivorship programs at MAC.

The Life After Breast Cancer Program at MAC Inc., Area Agency on Aging, has again received support from Susan G. Komen Maryland, in the form of a check for $17,291.

This is the eighth year that Komen Maryland has supported the program at MAC, according to Lori Yates, Eastern Shore manager for Susan G. Komen Maryland.

The Life After Breast Cancer Program serves the women of the Lower Shore, helping them to reach full recovery from their breast cancer treatment. The program also provides education and activities which promote healthy living during their survivorship, and effectively serves a priority area for Komen Maryland, where incidence and mortality rates are high within the state of Maryland, Yates said.

One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and 5,250 women in Maryland will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, Yates said. Maryland has the sixth highest breast cancer death rate in the country.

Komen recently announced a new goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% in the next decade, primarily by focusing on metastatic breast cancer research and health equity. Komen is encouraging supporters to help them meet that goal by going beyond awareness and taking an active role in the fight against breast cancer. The call to action for this movement is #MoreThanPink.

For more information on the Life After Breast Cancer Program at MAC, call Robin Ritchie at 410-742-0505, ext. 170.

For more information on other MAC services, call 410-742-0505.

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MAC Incorporated, the Area Agency on Aging, serves senior citizens in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. MAC’s mission is to provide programs and services that preserve dignity, health and independence for an aging population.
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About Susan G. Komen and the Komen Maryland Affiliate
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 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 Maryland is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Maryland Ocean City Race for the Cure®, Komen Maryland has invested $39 million in community breast health programs in Maryland, with over $4 million going to programs on the Eastern Shore, along with national research. For more information, call 410-938-8990 or visit www.komenmd.org.

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