The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, awarded a $25,000 grant to Susan G. Komen Maryland to help low-income women receive treatment for breast cancer.

The program helps women of any age and at any stage of the disease in the lower Eastern Shore counties of Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester. Funding is also available for Delawareans in Kent and Sussex counties.

​“This generous grant from the Perdue Foundation will enable us to increase our Patient Assistance Program on the Eastern Shore. This program can help ease the financial burden for those dealing with breast cancer as well as connect them with life-saving resources,” said Michael Jessup, executive director of Komen Maryland, which also serves Sussex and Kent counties in Delaware.

Financial assistance is given to patients with a breast cancer diagnosis who are in active treatment and have income at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty line. At least 80 women will be helped with this grant.

Kim Nechay, executive director of the Perdue Foundation, said Komen Maryland saves lives by meeting the most critical needs in local communities.

“We’re longtime supporters of health and wellness programs like those offered through Komen Maryland,” she said. “These programs give hope and strength to so many people in our communities, including our own Perdue associates.”