Thousands expected to attend this weekend’s Susan G. Komen event in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Thousands of participants are expected to attend this weekend’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event in Winston-Salem.

Thanks to this event and other fundraising efforts, organizations throughout the Triad have been able to provide critical services to the local community.

The Cone Health Cancer Center at Alamance Regional is a Komen grantee.

With the support of Race for the Cure Northwest NC, 1,000 uninsured or under insured women receive free mammograms each year.

“Komen has made such an impact,” said Sheena Lambert, Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator at Alamance Regional.

She explained that without the grant funding, difficult choices would have to be made.

"How do you decide if there's an uninsured woman who gets a mammogram and who does not, we do not want to be in that position to make those decisions,” she added.

Fortunately, the center has not been in a position to make that choice.

However, the challenge is serving a growing need without the guarantee of grant support, which is why the race itself is so important.

"We've gotten anywhere from $30,000 to $60,000, it varies. It depends on how much the Komen race team raises. The more funds we give to Komen, the more they are able to give back to grantees,” Lambert said.

"Our goal is to make sure every woman has the capability to get a mammogram,” said Anne Shaver, Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator at Alamance Regional.

In April 2015, the center received its most recent grant of $30,000 from Susan G. Komen.

75% of funds raised by Susan G. Komen Northwest NC support the local community.