news - Local 'Jacki' cancer recovery program receives $39,876 Komen grant

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Courtesy photo Pictured, from left, Maureen Cardinal, Health Project director of A Little Easier Recovery, receives a donation check presented by Jeanette Beltran, director of Community Initiatives for the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Local 'Jacki' cancer recovery program receives $39,876 Komen grant

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. Mon Jun 29, 2009, 02:10 PM EDT – The Massachusetts affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently presented North Andover's A Little Easier Recovery with a grant of $39,876 to fund “The Jacki Program.”

This program distributes free Jacki recovery jackets at nurses' and surgeons’ discretion for many who must endure extensive surgery, mastectomy and reconstruction involving multiple post-surgical drains.

Each feature, including innovative pocketing for drains, makes it “a little easier” for women who need it most. The Jacki dramatically improves the quality of life during an emotionally and physically devastating time, while reducing pain, increasing mobility, enhancing mood and restoring hope.

“A Little Easier Recovery is an exceptional organization working hard to help local women through the treatment and recovery phases of breast cancer,” said Jeanette Beltran, Director of Community Initiatives for the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “Thanks to our affiliate’s annual fundraisers, we are able to provide grants, such as this one, to help fund local services and programs that address breast health needs throughout Massachusetts.”

“We cannot express our appreciation for the ongoing support and tireless, unsurpassed efforts of the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” said Maureen McGrath, Project Director for A Little Easier Recovery. “We are both honored and privileged to move forward and serve thousands more women and now men diagnosed with breast cancer, who need it most, making it ‘a little easier’.”

The goal of the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is to ensure 100% annual screening and access to healthcare in the State by funding education, screening and treatment programs, with an emphasis on the medically underserved. With the help of the community and events such as the annual Komen MA Race for the Cure 5K Run/Walk, in 2009 the Affiliate was able to grant over $1 million to 29 organizations in Massachusetts. This year’s 17th annual Race for the Cure will take place September 26, 2009 at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston and will celebrate, support, and remember those who have been affected by breast cancer while raising funds to save lives and end breast cancer forever. To walk or run in the Race or contribute, please visit

The mission of A Little Easier Recovery is to make it "A Little Easier" for the next person that must endure cancer treatment and recovery. Their goal is to reach Massachusetts women statewide through well-established, collaborative relationships and empower women now to succeed in their fight, not only for their lives…but their lives back.

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