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Rick Reeder, left, Susan G. Komen foundation's Austin board president, and Christy Casey, right, the group's former director, present Community Action Inc. of Central Texas staff members with a memento of a grant the Komen foundation recently awarded to the San Marcos-based nonprofit agency. Ana Sierra, Keri Worthy, executive director Carole Belver, Lydia Perez and Claudia Cantu represented Community Action. COURTESY PHOTO

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San Marcos-based Community Action Inc. of Central Texas has been awarded an $195,423 grant from the Austin affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

The one-year grant allows Community Action to continuing offering a program in Hays, Caldwell, Bastrop and Williamson counties that diagnoses breast cancer in women and then helps them navigate the health care system. Started in 2004, the navigation program  advises its clients in maneuvering through the financial, diagnostic, and treatment problems that breast cancer sufferers encounter.

Community Action has operated in San Marcos since 1965 when it was established as part of Lyndon B. Johnson’s war on poverty.

In addition to its cancer program, Community Action operates 14 Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Hays and Caldwell counties as well as other programs aimed at reproductive health for poor women; prescription drug assistance; HIV/AIDS screening and case management; adult literacy and GED preparation.

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