The 2013 Komen for the Cure season shifted into full gear with the April affiliate meeting and awarding of more than $317,000 in grants to seven organizations providing breast care/breast cancer services in El Paso, Pueblo and Teller counties.

Another $80,000 went to research grants on the national level.

The meeting also was an opportunity to introduce the new executive director, Nancetta Westcott, and to announce that Safeway stores had raised $35,000 for Komen.

Grants went to Memorial Health System Foundation Access to Breast Care; Peak Vista Community Health Centers Foundation Mammogram Screening and Homeless Breast Health Program; Penrose-St. Francis Foundation Early Detection; St. Mary-Corwin Health Foundation, Pueblo, Continuum of Care; Teller County Public Health Women's Breast Health Project; and Affiliate-wide Breast Cancer Financial Assistance.

The volunteers receiving awards were Chris McCloy, a breast cancer survivor who is retiring from the grants committee; Joyce Ann Velez, who advocates for Spanish-speaking women and arranges refreshments at the Komen race, which is Sept. 8 this year; and Patty Borish, race organizer for 19 years.