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Grants & Grant Recipients

The primary focus of the Alaska Run for Women’s fundraising efforts is to create awareness and decrease the impact of breast cancer on our Alaska communities through education, outreach, research, early detection and treatment.

Each year, the organization provides grant funds for special projects focusing on breast cancer issues. Funds are allotted annually through a set review process, which takes place in September. Grant applications are due Aug. 15, 2023.

Breast cancer touches so many in so many different ways. Have you, a friend or family member been impacted by breast cancer? Do you have a project that furthers the message, broadens awareness or provides resources for breast cancer information? Download the 2023 Grant Application.

2023 Grant Recipients – Total funds granted in 2023: $250,683


This project will take a multimedia approach specifically designed to raise awareness to the realities and concerns of women living with metastatic breast cancer, with a focus on community education and genetic testing.

Amount: $10,475

Alaska Community Action on Toxics

ACAT is an environmental action organization with a statewide focus. This year’s funding is focused on younger women, specifically creating an awareness of environmental toxins on their health now and in the future.

Amount: $25,875

Alaska Literacy Program

This funding will support continued development of a Peer Leader Navigator (PLN) project. The program is designed to create greater breast cancer awareness through outreach by PLNs in culturally diverse communities in the Anchorage area.

Amount: $2,000

​American Cancer Society

Funding is in partial support of an ACA-sponsored clinical research project focused on development of an Artificial Intelligence based technology to better predict future risk of breast cancer based on mammography images and risk factors across racial and ethnic groups.

Amount: $12,500

Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska

Provides funding for mobile mammography services, focusing on under-served populations of women, primarily in rural Alaska and at a fixed-site in Fairbanks. A support program funds both screening mammograms and maintenance expenses. The program travels to remote Alaska communities, providing quality services regardless of ability to pay.

Amount: $25,000

Casting for Recovery

Program is geared to women survivors of breast cancer, using the power of nature through the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. It marries the physical therapy of fly fishing with the emotional support of group therapy. Funding will support a fly fishing retreat in Alaska the summer of 2024.

Amount: $18,000

Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic

Women’s Health Outreach Program-This clinical provider reaches a significant number of medically underserved women for outreach and early detection of breast cancer on the Kenai Peninsula and villages across Kachemak Bay. Their range has expanded from Cooper Landing to Kachemak Bay, and their contribution to rural outreach is well documented on the Kenai Peninsula.

Amount: $40,000

Maniilaq Health Center

Funding will support a 3-day retreat for 20 Alaska Native women with breast cancer, who will travel to Pilgrim Springs, outside of Nome. The goal is to create a shared Inupiat community with those experiencing breast cancer.

Amount: $12,233

Providence Alaska Medical Center

This project will provide free post-mastectomy supplies that are not reimbursable by insurance to breast cancer patients.

Amount: $25,000

UAA Clinical Research

(Max Kullberg, UAA Research Professor)- “Eliminating Breast Cancer Immune Suppression Using Myeloid Targeted Nanoparticles.” This research project expands upon previously funded and published research supported by National Institute of Health Research, and attempts to improve the effectiveness of immunotherapy by targeting and activating antigen-presenting cells.

Amount: $57,500

Wild Energized Life

This grant will provide scholarships for Breast Cancer Survivors to take part in the Extra Toughs program. This integrated team approach was designed to support weight loss, healthy lifestyles, and survivorship for women with breast or gynecologic cancer.

Amount: $22,100