In 2008, we were very proud to have expanded the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® series beyond its domestic Komen Affiliate network by establishing successful partnerships with leading nonprofit organizations from around the world to organize Race for the Cure events outside of the United States. The International Race series has changed the way communities around the world view and react to the words “breast cancer” and how breast cancer survivors are regarded in their respective countries.
While each International Race is unique, they all have the common goal of increasing breast cancer awareness, providing a sense of hope and community to those who have suffered from the disease and educating the public and local governments about breast health. Race events create a positive environment in which breast cancer is put in the public eye. Despite local taboos, we have seen the power of women around the world breaking the silence about breast cancer. On Race day, brave survivors acknowledge their disease and continue to dispel myths about breast cancer, serving as ambassadors for the cause. As a result, other survivors feel hopeful and women are empowered to take control of their health.
But the impact of our International Race series doesn’t stop on Race day. Thanks to these events, local survivor support groups have been established, access to screening, diagnosis and treatment has been increased, breast cancer awareness programs for key target groups have been created, and patient support programs continue to grow.
Over the past month, Race events took place in Belgium, Greece, Germany, Italy, Puerto Rico, Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Republic of Georgia and Tanzania. In this four-part series , we recap these international events while providing information about their local mission work.
We continue the series with recaps from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Puerto Rico.
From San Diego to Shreveport, survivors and supporters put on their pink to support the last three Races of 2013.
On Saturday, November 2, a sea of pink covered Balboa Park in sunny San Diego as more than 13,000 people attended the 17th annual Susan G. Komen San Diego Race for the Cure®.
“The Race for the Cure is fun and festive, but this Race is more than just a celebration,” said Laura Farmer Sherman, executive director of Komen San Diego. “The Race provides critical funding for families in San Diego County touched by breast cancer.”
Guest post by Julie Guevara, Marketing & Communications Manager, Komen Orange County.
Susan G. Komen Orange County recently embarked on an exciting partnership with MemorialCare Medical Group and the Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center. The Komen Tissue Bank (KTB) is the only repository in the world for normal breast tissue and matched serum, plasma and DNA. To more deeply understand the evolution of breast cancer, it is necessary to compare abnormal, cancerous tissue against normal, healthy tissue. By studying normal tissue, research for the causes and prevention of the disease may be accelerated.
While the Komen Tissue Bank is not in their service area, Komen Orange County organized the event with the goal of helping to diversify the pool of specimens. On Saturday, November 2, the Komen Tissue Bank collected healthy breast tissue samples from 201 Orange County women of Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Tongan, Hispanic, African-American and Caucasian descent. Two Komen Orange County staff members and four Affiliate board members were also among those who donated healthy breast tissue at the event. This was the first time a collection event has been held on the West Coast.
The idea for the collection came after three Orange County women, Charlene Kazner, a Hawaiian Islander living in Garden Grove; Angela Acevedo-Malouf, a Latina living in Mission Viejo; and Jang Pang, of Chinese and Japanese descent of Huntington Beach, flew to Indianapolis so researchers could extract and store samples of their healthy breast tissue for the Komen Tissue Bank. Then they brought their experience and their passion for inclusion of diverse populations in breast cancer research back to Orange County.
We’re back from Thanksgiving break today and I hope that everyone’s holiday was safe and happy. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, I’m very excited about #GivingTuesday tomorrow, December 3rd. I hope you are, too.
Set for the Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year, Giving Tuesday is becoming a movement all on its own – a time to remember those who need our help during the holidays and beyond. Charities, families, businesses, community centers and others are coming together to contribute to their communities and make this the biggest giving season yet.
More than 50 million people participated in the inaugural Giving Tuesday last year, donating more than $10 million to start the giving season in the U.S. That’s huge. And we can do even better this year.
I hope that you’ll join the millions of people making a difference, by donating or showing your support for Komen using #GivingTuesday in your posts on Facebook and Twitter. You can become a social media ambassador for this day or share your story: there are many ideas on the Giving Tuesday website: www.givingtuesday.org.
Every year, thousands of individuals and corporations across the country participate in Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink®, a fundraising program that supports individuals and organizations who want to help end breast cancer in their communities and across the country.
All of our Passionately Pink fundraisers come up with the most amazing ideas to support our mission to end breast cancer! Whether it’s holding a casual pink-out day at work, hosting a bake sale, or turning volleyball game pink – it’s the creative fundraising from our passionate supporters that’s helped us raise more than $23 million since Passionately Pink began in 2006!
This week, we were excited to welcome one of our top fundraisers, Account Control Technology (ACT), to our offices. For the past two years, ACT has participated in the Passionately Pink program. This year alone, ACT offices in California, Texas and Ohio held bake sales, cook-outs and a variety of contests, raising more than $31,000 for Passionately Pink and bringing ACT’s total donation to more than $50,000!