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Published on May 25, 2011

Rush Copley Receives $75,000 Grant from Susan G. Komen For The Cure, Inc.®
Program to educate Latina women about breast health

(May 24, 2011) –  Rush Copley Foundation has received a one-year grant award of $75,000 from the Chicagoland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For The Cure, Inc.® to support the implementation of the Let’s Chat About Breast Health program, also called ¡Charlemos! Sobre la Salud del Seño.

The Let’s Chat initiative will provide targeted breast cancer education to Latina women and others in Kane County, raising awareness about the importance of prevention and early detection, and linking women to breast screening and diagnostic services.

A bilingual Breast Health Outreach Coordinator will reach women in places where they live, work and congregate, through collaboration with local churches, health clinics, workplaces and social service agencies.  During its first two years under the name of RC-BEAT, this program touched the lives of 1,300 women, more than 260 of whom received breast cancer screening and/or linkage to diagnostic follow up services.

“Without early detection, Latina women are more likely to suffer from advanced stage cancer leaving fewer treatment options,” said Mary Shilkaitis, Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Rush Copley Medical Center and Project Director of the grant.  “With this support from Susan G. Komen, we will be able to establish stronger connections with women to promote the importance of early detection and link them to screening, diagnostic, and treatment services.”

To learn more about Let’s Chat About Breast Health (¡Charlemos! Sobre la Salud del Seño), and how to schedule the program for your community group, church or other organization, visit


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Courtney Satlak
Director of Marketing

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