The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute recieves two grants from Komen Knoxville to increase breast health services

Susan G. Komen Knoxville recently awarded $94,996 to The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute to fund two programs: the Breast Health Outreach Program and Restoring Lives.

Goals of these programs include providing mobile mammography screenings to underserved women and providing financial assistance to patients in breast cancer treatment.

“There is a tremendous need to reach women with information and resources,” said Dr. John L. Bell, Director of the Cancer Institute at UT Medical Center. “We are pleased that Komen Knoxville shares our mission and has chosen to support our programs.”

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and Komen Knoxville is one of over a hundred Affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative breast health programs that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, medical supplies, financial assistance (including emergency living expenses and insurance co-pays), as well as patient and family support..

“At Komen Knoxville, we conducted a needs assessment of our community and discovered two areas of need:  access to screening mammograms for the uninsured and medically underserved and access to financial and other support services for patients in breast cancer treatment,” said Kim Parks, Director of Community Programs. “We are confident that through the University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute’s programs, access to these services will be increased for those who need them in our service area.”

About Susan G. Komen and Komen Knoxville: 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 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Knoxville is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Knoxville Race for the Cure®, Komen Knoxville has invested over $7 million in community breast health programs in 16 East Tennessee counties and has helped contribute to the more than $889 million invested globally in research.  For more information, call (865) 588-0902 or visit