Susan G. Komen to centralize, close affiliate offices nationwide

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A northeastern Pennsylvania-based service to help breast cancer patients is closing for good.

It’s the result of a decision by the breast cancer foundation Susan G. Komen to shut down all of its affiliate offices nationwide.

“So what’s in the box are breast awareness take action book markers,” Dolly Woody said. She is packing up materials for good from the job she’s held for three decades. Her role as director of Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania Scranton location is going away — the result of a plan even before the pandemic to centralize the Komen foundation.

“And so it’s not just the affiliates happening in Pennsylvania but also across the country,” Woody said. “I think the pandemic played a key role in it, yes.”

The Scranton site will close by the end of the month and cease providing funds for breast cancer education, screening and treatment services.

“It played a vital role, especially for people who were uninsured, had no other resources or means to access the healthcare system when they needed something with breast health related,” Woody said.

“They’ve been a great fund supporter to Candy’s Place and, you know, giving us referrals and access to various goods,” Candy’s Place Cancer and Wellness Center Director Lisa Orlandini said.

Candy’s Place Cancer and Wellness Center has received boxes of materials from the northeastern Pennsylvania Komen site in recent days along with a $25,000 donation. Orlandini says her organization will pay it forward by continuing to help the community.

As for the annual Race For The Cure and other community initiatives associated with Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania…

“You know, obviously we’ll have to consider that and give it some really good thought to see where we can maybe fill in and take on some of the responsibilities of the role that Dolly did with her organization,” Orlandini said.

In the meantime, Candy’s Place is carrying on with its own fundraisers including something called VirtuALL, a series of virtual-themed events throughout this month.

Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania, with locations in both Scranton and Pittsburgh, served 53 counties in all. For more information, you can click the available links, or you can call 570-714-8800. Susan G. Komen provided the following update:

“Any reports or rumors of Komen’s closing are untrue.  We are evolving, as we should, to ensure we are there for the breast cancer community for years to come,” said Paula Schneider, Komen’s President and CEO. “The unprecedented health and economic crisis we are undergoing as a nation has highlighted how important our patient support, research and advocacy are for people facing breast cancer – they need us now, more than ever, and we will continue to be here for them.”

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