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May 20, 2013

YWCA of Greater Lawrence awarded Komen Cure grant

The Massachusetts affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently awarded grants totaling $325,000 to seven non-profit organizations in the state including the YWCA of Greater Lawrence.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure is committed to the promise of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to find a cure.

The YWCA targets medically underserved Latinas and other immigrants with decreased access to medical services through its Women’s Breast Health Advocacy project. The program provides breast health outreach, health education, case management, and supportive follow-up services to breast cancer screening services for low-income Greater Lawrence women who lack access to screening. Interactive gatherings and land/water exercises are integral components of the program.

“Our grantees, such as the YWCA of Greater Lawrence, are vehicles for change at the grass roots level, helping to break down barriers to care by providing services ranging from transportation to and from medical appointments and assisting with language and cultural challenges, to providing financial assistance with medical,” said Jeanette Beltran, Director of Community Initiatives at Komen MA.

Grants are awarded through a highly-competitive application process during which an independent panel of local experts reviews the applications for impact, feasibility, sustainability, and other criteria to ensure that those programs fitting Komen MA’s mission are funded. Once the grants are presented, they are carefully managed by Komen MA staff to ensure that funds are applied effectively.

Veterinarian to receive Golden Deeds award

ANDOVER - Local veterinarian Dr. Richard D. Lindsay of Andover is this year’s recipient of The Exchange Club of Lawrence’s Book of Golden Deeds Award.

The award is bestowed annually to a person who has devoted time and talents to helping others.

“There is no question that Dr. Lindsay is one such person,” said Rick Blain, an Exchange Club past president and chairman of the Book of Golden Deeds program, adding that a number of people recommended Lindsay for the award.

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