OSWEGO, NY â€“ Coordinator of Oswego County Opportunitiesâ€™ Cancer Services Program, Carolyn Handville, was joined by a number of volunteers to represent OCO in the 16th annual Central New York Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
The event, which featured a 5k walk/run and a 1-mile walk for the â€˜Kids for the Cure,â€™ raised $750,000 for breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment projects, with 75% of those funds staying right here in Central New York.
As the coordinator of OCOâ€™s Cancer Services Program, Handville knows all too well just how important this event is to her community.
â€œOCO is a grant recipient of the Susan G. Komen foundation. â€˜The funds we receive from Komen enable us to screen more uninsured community members each year for breast cancer,â€ she said.
OCOâ€™s Cancer Services program provides free clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap/pelvic exams and colorectal cancer screening kits to uninsured men and women aged 40 and older.
â€œI am passionate about the services that are offered through this program. Our funding provides life saving cancer screenings and links community members, who have been diagnosed with breast, cervical or colorectal cancer, to the Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program,â€ added Handville.
If eligible, the MCTP will provide medical coverage to clients throughout the duration of their cancer treatment.
â€œCancer touches so many peopleâ€™s lives. I truly appreciate the efforts of the Susan G. Komen foundation and the services that we are able to offer our community members through OCOâ€™s Cancer Services Program. We will serve more than 400 community members this year alone. I look forward to seeing that number increase next year by inspiring people to take charge of their health and receive the cancer screenings they need on a regular basis. I was happy to be a part of the 2010 Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure. It was a fun and emotional event which was highlighted by a special parade of approximately 650 breast cancer survivors.â€
For more information on OCOâ€™s Cancer Services Program, call Handville at 342-0888 ext. 1454.