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Knight cancer center gives $50,000 giftto Virginia Garcia

The Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation and Health Center was recently awarded $50,000 from the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute to increase colorectal screening for low-income Latinos who receive care at their community health center in Beaverton and elsewhere in Washington and Yamhill counties.

The award to Virginia Garcia is one of 17 grants the Knight Cancer Institute recently gave to organizations across Oregon.

The total value of awards in this first funding round was more than $460,000.

“To impact the burden of cancer statewide, we know it is essential to work with organizations most in tune with the cancer needs of their communities. Working directly with these organizations will allow the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute to aid in the development of sustainable projects that will benefit the health of all Oregonians,” said Jackilen Shannon, Ph.D., R.D., who helps direct the Community Partnership Program and is co-leader of the institute’s prevention and control program.

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, named for Nike co-founder and chairman Phil Knight and his wife Penny, the center’s largest benefactors, has committed to provide $1 million annually to community health programs for a decade.

In addition, the Meyer Memorial Trust recently awarded the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute a two-year grant of $500,000 to enhance the program. A second round of funding for the Community Partnership Program will open for applications later in 2015.

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