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Susan G. Komen helps Port Charlotte woman

March 05, 2015:  WBBH Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Naples

By Lisa Spooner, Anchor

You have probably heard of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, but do you know where the money goes and who benefits?

Port Charlotte resident Mary Hajney recently turned 61 and had a mammogram that detected a mass. However, she didn't have the money to take the next steps.

"I'm working part-time. I don't have insurance. I don't have a couple of grand for a needle core biopsy," said Hajney.

So she turned to the Virginia B. Andes Clinic in Port Charlotte.

"We are a free, non-profit clinic for people in Charlotte County who are uninsured and who are living in the 200% poverty range," explained Cindy Neads, the Director of Nursing at the clinic.

The clinic is just one of the grantees benefiting from Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida. "

"Without Susan G. Komen, we would have no breast health program because we don't have the funds available," said Neads. "Through Susan G. Komen we are able to offer free mammograms, and free diagnostic mammograms to biopsy, and even up to surgery."

"Every dollar that's raised for Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida stays in Southwest Florida," said Neads.

And Hajney knows exactly where she'd be if it weren't for Susan G. Komen offering patients like herself free breast health. "

"Without them, who knows where'd I'd be. Either full of cancer or dead," she said.

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