St. John Receives Komen Grant

LaFortune Cancer Center Awarded Grant by Komen for the Cure

February 20, 2007 -- LaFortune Cancer Center at St. John Medical Center has been selected as one of four Tulsa-based non-profit organizations to receive grants totaling $265,000, with an additional $92,707 earmarked for national breast cancer research. The announcement was made by Komen for the Cure's Tulsa affiliate president Chris Payne during a ceremony at Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa.

LaFortune Cancer Center was awarded $5,000, benefiting St. John’s wig loan program. The program provides fresh, updated wigs for women undergoing cancer treatment. The wigs are loaned at no charge to an estimated 200 women who request them every year.

Komen grants are offered to organizations that can demonstrate innovative projects in the areas of breast health and/or breast cancer education, outreach, screening or treatment support. They include projects targeting services not otherwise available to the medically underserved populations of the Tulsa metropolitan area.

In 10 years it has hosted the Komen Race for the Cure, the Tulsa affiliate has awarded approximately $2.6 million in local and national grants.

About St. John Medical Center
St. John Medical Center opened its doors to the Tulsa community 81 years ago. The mission of St. John is to provide healthcare and related ministries for the people served, especially the sick, the poor and the powerless. Today, St. John is one of the area’s leading hospitals providing care for the uninsured. Indigent care makes up 20 percent of the medical center’s patient care. This number has grown approximately 50 percent in the past few years. St. John Medical Center is a regional leader in radiology, cardiology, oncology, urology, wellness and physical rehabilitation.

LaFortune Cancer Center

St. John is home to the LaFortune Cancer Center. The LaFortune Cancer Center offers a variety of classes and support groups to assist cancer patients, family members and survivors. The LaFortune Cancer Center proudly sponsors a survivor team for the Komen for the Cure's annual race.

LaFortune Cancer Center Wig Program
The wig room is located within the LaFortune Cancer Center Resource Center on the first floor of the Holliman Building at 1705 E 19th St. in Tulsa. Hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about the resources available, please contact Julie Kinzie at 918-744-3189. To receive a complete listing of classes and support groups, contact the St. John PulseLine at 918-744-0123 or visit

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