With a recently announced $125,000 grant, the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure© will continue its support of physicians in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine who provide breast cancer care to Houston's medically underserved and uninsured at Ben Taub General Hospital.

"We are committed to our efforts at Ben Taub Hospital," said Dr. Mothaffar Rimawi, medical director of the Smith Breast Center. "With the continued support from Komen Houston, we are able to provide the level of access to breast cancer care and prevention that all women deserve."

Ninth year of support

This is the ninth year in a row that Komen Houston has renewed their support for Smith Breast Center physicians at Ben Taub Hospital, which is part of the Harris County Hospital District.

The Houston Affiliates' support has enabled Ben Taub Hospital to offer state-of-the-art care, screening and prevention services. With the renewed grant, the funding support is expanded to help encourage education and enrollment of Ben Taub Hospital patients in clinical trials and to recruit bilingual nurses and research coordinators.

"There is a great need for increased representation of minorities in clinical research," said Rimawi.

In addition to providing care to breast cancer patients at the Baylor Clinic, physicians in the Smith Breast Center, including Rimawi and Drs. Kent Osborne, Julie Nangia and Sao Jiralerspong at BCM, provide care to more than 2,800 patients every year at Ben Taub Hospital's breast center.

Other funding support of the Ben Taub Hospital breast clinic includes the Smith Foundation, Avon Foundation and Pink Ribbons Project.

Komen Houston will also recognize 21 other local organizations who have received 2011 grants at the Impact Awards luncheon to be held Tuesday, June 7, at 11:30 a.m. at the InterContinental Houston.

For more information on sponsorship or to buy tickets for the luncheon, visit the Komen web site. More information on Komen Houston and the grant process may also be found on www.komen-houston.org.