On September 12, 2012 Susan G. Komen for the Cure launched its first public private partnership in The Bahamas, between the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. During a launch event, the Honorable Dr. Perry Gomez, MP, the Minister of Health, announced the formation of a Breast Cancer Planning Committee and outlined The Bahamas’ breast cancer program for an audience of local non-governmental organizations, Bahamian government officials and other key stakeholders.
As part of Komen’s efforts to support the government’s breast cancer agenda, Komen Founder and CEO Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker announced that Susan G. Komen for the Cure will award a $50,000 grant — made possible by three-time and ten-year breast cancer survivor Tina Lewis — in support of a local NGO breast cancer consortium aimed at strengthening breast cancer provider and public education services. The program will be led and implemented by Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group, in collaboration with the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, and the Cancer Association of Grand Bahama. The grant is supported by the Ministry of Health, Marathon Bahamas, One Eleuthera and the wider community.
Nancy G. Brinker also announced that Komen is matching Lewis’ gift of $50,000, for a total of $100,000 toward supporting breast cancer efforts in The Bahamas. The additional $50,000 will be used to accelerate provider training, and public education and awareness efforts in The Bahamas.