Current Grantees

Susan G. Komen® East TN is the local source for funding breast cancer detection, support and educational awareness in 24 counties. Komen East TN is investing more than $9.7 in screening, education and patient assistance programs that serve uninsured or under-insured 24 counties’ residents.

Since we have joined forces mid-year, we have listed both the Tri-Cities and Knoxville grantees.

These projects have been selected by our independent Grant Review Panel as those that will have the greatest impact in serving uninsured or under-insured women in our service area. Please note that Susan G. Komen East TN is not a direct service provider. This year’s local Community Grants include the following programs:

Knoxville Region Grants:

Blount Memorial Foundation for Medical Care

Project: Supporting Survival – Partnering for Prevention, Intervention, Needs & Knowledge (P.I.N.K)
Project P.I.N.K. provides free or low cost screening mammograms and diagnostic services to women who are uninsured/underinsured, medically underserved, or have limited access to healthcare services. The program also provides financial assistance to patients currently receiving breast cancer treatment. Blount Memorial Foundation makes these services available to qualifying patients who reside in any of the 16 counties in the Komen East Tennessee – Knoxville Region.


Celebrate Life Cancer Support Group

Project: Celebrate Life Enriching and Renewing (C.L.E.A.R.)
Project C.L.E.A.R. provides financial support to patients battling breast cancer in all 16 Komen East Tennessee – Knoxville Region counties.  In addition to direct financial assistance, support is provided to patients through the delivery of snack foods to treatment facilities in Morristown and Sevierville for patients there long hours without meals and through a “Love Closet” containing donated items patients may need during treatment but are unable to afford.  Celebrate Life has monthly support group meetings with guest speakers to encourage and inform survivors and their families.


Compassion in Action

Project: Treatment Support for Breast Cancer Patients to Assist in Eliminating Financial Barriers to Care
Compassion in Action offers financial assistance for those patients currently in treatment. Assistance may include help with food, rent, utilities and gas costs.  Survivors from every county and facility within the service area are eligible.


Courage to Conquer Cancer

Project: Angel Gift Program
Courage to Conquer Cancer, Angel Gift Program offers post-diagnosis assistance and patient education for breast cancer patients who require breast surgery and/or treatment. Patients in-need from every county within the 16-county service area are eligible. The program provides access to post-surgical breast surgery and transition-to-home supplies, containing patient-recommended essential items for recovery and further treatment. Patients are also provided with educational information and tools to foster proactive, informed cancer care decisions in collaboration with health care providers.


 Tennessee Department of Health

 Project: Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program (TBCSP)
The Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program targets uninsured women in the Knoxville Region service area for breast cancer screening and provides funding for further diagnostic testing when warranted.  Eligibility and clinical breast exams are completed at the county health department or at community health centers that contract with the program and women are referred to area providers for mammograms and diagnostic services.  In addition to screening and diagnostic services, the program provides for patient navigation along the continuum of care, including enrollment into TennCare for treatment if diagnosed with breast cancer.  Community outreach and education is also conducted in all 16 counties in the Komen East Tennessee – Knoxville Region service area.


Thompson Cancer Survival Center

Project:  Providing Hands of Hope:  A Treatment Support Program
The Hands of Hope program provides financial assistance to patients in active breast cancer treatment in order to minimize some of the financial stress they experience as a result of undergoing treatment.  The program serves patients throughout the Komen East Tennessee – Knoxville Region 16-county service area.  Assistance may be provided for gas, food, housing expenses, co-pays on prescription medications as well as prostheses, bras and wigs not covered by insurance or other sources.


University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute

Project: Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP)
The UT Cancer Institute’s Breast Health Outreach Program is a program focused on improving access and reducing barriers to screening mammograms.  The UT BHOP increases access to care by offering digital screening mammograms to uninsured women on the UT mobile mammography unit at convenient locations in the Komen East Tennessee – Knoxville Region’s 16-county service area.  A comprehensive navigation program for appropriate diagnostic and follow-up care is utilized through UT Breast Care Service when indicated.  In addition, educational programs are provided in the service area counties.


Tri-Cities Region Grants:

Laughlin Healthcare Foundation

Project: Tell Your Mom, Save a Life… and More
This program works to motivate female high school students in Greene County to become active participants in their own breast health while promoting mammography to other women in their lives.  Financial support for costs related to treatment and transportation is also provided to women who qualify.


Mountain States Health Alliance

Project: Financial Assistance for Patients in the Breast Cancer Continuum of Care
To assist patients in their cancer journey, our Triumph Cancer Navigator Program is open to all patients (regardless of where they receive treatment), and is a free service designed to guide patients and their families. Triumph Cancer Navigators can help guide patients and their families by serving as their personal contact, answering questions about what to expect throughout their care, coordinating appointments, and coordinating treatments. Funds from this grant are used by the Triumph program to provide financial assistance to patients in need.


Takoma Regional Hospital

Project: Bringing Breast Health to the Underserved
Takoma Regional Hospital provides free and low-cost breast cancer screening and diagnostic services to those who would otherwise be unable to afford these medical services. Some of the services that may be covered through this program include 3D screening mammograms, diagnostic breast ultrasound, stereotactic biopsy, and/or ultrasound biopsy. The program serves residents of Greene County, as well as the surrounding counties.


Tennessee Department of Health

Project: Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program (TBCSP)
The Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program targets uninsured women in the Tri-Cities Region service area for breast cancer screening and provides funding for further diagnostic testing when warranted.  Eligibility and clinical breast exams are completed at the county health department or at community health centers that contract with the program and women are referred to area providers for mammograms and diagnostic services.  In addition to screening and diagnostic services, the program provides for patient navigation along the continuum of care, including enrollment into TennCare for treatment if diagnosed with breast cancer.  Community outreach and education is also conducted in all 8 counties in the Komen East Tennessee – Tri-Cities Region service area.


Wellmont Foundation on behalf of Wellmont Health System

Project Access to Breast Care (Project ABC)
Project ABC works to increase the accessiblity of screening mammograms of women in East TN and Scott County, VA, who otherwise do not qualify for services already available in their community.  The program is a collaborative effort between area organizations working to serve a population of women who otherwise may not receive necessary breast health services.