June 27, 2012 Breast Cancer, Education, Komen Leadership News, Komen News, Mission, Partners & Sponsors
Guest blog from Lynn Erdman, RN, MN, OCNS, FAAN - Vice President, Community Health, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
We were in Wyoming this morning to kick off a terrific new program that’s going to have tremendous value in terms of breast health for women in Wyoming and in other states with large rural areas. I was delighted to be with Governor Matt Mead and First Lady of Wyoming, Lynn Mead, with GE’s Sue Siegel and with our Wyoming Affiliate to officially christen the GE “Mammovan,” which will travel the state to screen women where they live. This is part of our new Wyoming Women First initiative and it’s another example of how public/private partnerships can benefit women in our fight against breast cancer. Here’s why this pilot project is important: Wyoming is one of the least sparsely populated states in the Union, where people live an average of 70 minutes from the nearest healthcare facilities. Like other states with large rural populations, screening rates for breast cancer are below average. To address this, GE Healthcare, Susan G. Komen and the State of Wyoming announced the Wyoming Women First program last year. Over time, we believe we’ll be able to bring the benefits of this pilot project to women in other rural stats.
The Mammovan is just one part of the program — Komen also announced $1.2 million in grants to the Caring Foundation of Wyoming, the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care and Women’s Wellness at Wyoming Migrant Health. These grants will help make screenings, and more coordinated breast cancer treatment, a reality. A link to the official press release announcing this program is here. I was so pleased to see the excitement, enthusiasm and dedication at our event today and grateful to GE, Wyoming health officials, the healthcare providers and local community groups for such a positive and meaningful partnership.
Despite the dreary weather, nearly 1,600 participants and 200 breast cancer survivors gathered in high spirits for the first Race for the Cure in Cologne, Germany on June 16. Local survivor Bianca Knop shared that immediately after her diagnosis at the age of 38, she received Komen Deutschland’s “Pink Infobag” with information about Komen’s work and invaluable information about breast cancer. She shared that the support she received and the Affiliate’s wonderful work made her proud to join the walk. Komen volunteer and Race Committee member Dirk Kleimann shared the story of his wife, who tragically lost her battle to breast cancer after receiving a late breast cancer diagnosis. He proudly presented Komen Deutschland with a check for 2,660 Euros at the Race, and continues to work to educate women and men about breast cancer.
More than 50,000 people came together this past weekend for the Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure. So far, the event has raised more than $2.45 million! Participants (and pooches!) were decked out in pink, proudly wearing bandanas, leis and tutus. Even Charlie the tortoise crossed the finish line in style. Check him out in the video below. The weekend included the Race, Dine Out for the Cure and Caliente for the Cure, making it an even more incredible weekend for the Affiliate and local women and men. STLToday (here as well), KSDK and Z6Mag all discuss the wonderful Race day.
Stay tuned! We’ll be back in a few weeks to share fun memories from the Brainerd Lakes and Aspen Races. Until then, you can find your local Komen Race for the Cure here.
Guest post by Tauane Araujo Cruz – Susan G. Komen for the Cure Program Manager, Latin America
Companies all over the world are actively encouraging female and male employees alike to take action for their health. In Latin America, Susan G. Komen has been privileged to deliver educational sessions detailing key breast self-awareness messages to more than 1,250 employees of companies such as American Airlines, Bank of America, Caterpillar, Cable and Wireless, Hologic, Maersk and more.
With the knowledge that breast cancer can affect anyone, anywhere, creating opportunities in the workplace that foster increased understanding of breast health is crucial to increasing prevention efforts in the industrial sector. That’s why, with support from Komen’s International Community Grants, community-based organizations are driving home this concept of workplace awareness and creating opportunities to empower those around them and further the mutual vision of a world without breast cancer.
Project “Empresa Amiga da Mulher”, in other words, “Women Friendly Company”, is a notable example of Komen community grants in action. The project, developed by Rede Rioclarense de Combate ao Câncer de Mama Carmem Prudente focuses on creating breast cancer awareness in companies throughout the city of Rio Claro in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Owens Corning, the world’s leading producer of glass fiber materials used in composites, was the first company in Rio Claro to join the project realized in collaboration with CIESP (Center for Industry in Sao Paulo) and with funding provided by Komen this past May 2012.
Lectures presented by Fernanda Piazentini allowed 60 women employees, contractors and family members to clarify doubts, ask questions and obtain guidance on breast health issues. To emphasize their commitment, Renato Urvaneja, Director of Finance for Owens Corning, highlighted the importance of this partnership and noted that the health of employees is of vital importance for future projects.
In communities like Rio Claro and through partners such as Rede Rioclarense, Komen is promoting education, facilitating screening and building the capacity of the global community working to end breast cancer forever. To date, Komen has invested more than USD $27 million in funding for international breast cancer research and more than USD $17 million for international community education and outreach programs.
As Program Manager for Latin America, I am pleased with our advances, implementation and mobilization efforts. Even so, as I celebrate each accomplishment, I am thrilled about what the future holds!About Rede Rioclarense de Combate ao Câncer de Mama – The Rioclarense Network Against Breast Cancer, which is also known as the Network of Women Against Cancer is a nonprofit charity and volunteer organization whose goal is to create awareness in the medical care, hospital and pharmaceutical industries and provide support to those undergoing cancer treatment. About CIESP – The Center for Industry in Sao Paulo is a nonprofit civil organization founded in 1928 that brings together industry, its founders and linked associations in the production sector, as well as companies focused on activities directly related to the interests of industry.
Dedicated Komen supporters came in every shade of pink this past weekend. Race participants stayed spirited through the rain, embraced their Texas pride, and survivors shared their inspiring stories.
WIVB reports that it was a sea of pink Saturday at Delaware Park as more than 6,000 people turned out for this year’s Komen Western New York Race which raised over $500,000. WGRZ and Buffalo News covered the event as well, which featured a prerace Parade of Survivors and a post-race party. According to the Western New York Affiliate, “The rain could not dampen the spirit or enthusiasm of the 6,000+ participants who joined in the festivities.”
On the streets of Moline, more than 8,600 people gathered under a beautiful sky for the Komen Quad Cities Race. Participants enjoyed a band, pink glove dance, Kids Zone and much more, and the event raised almost $4.9 million – pretty impressive for the event’s first fundraising year. Quad-City Times, Quad Cities Online, KWQC and WHBF covered the event, pointing out that for many, the event brought hope and support.
The Plano Star Courier highlighted the 22nd annual Komen North Texas Race in Plano. The special survivor area had a western theme, and was decked out in cowboy hats, wagon wheels and bandanas. And, in true Texas style, the scenic Race course took participants right past longhorns and buffalo!
A cheering crowd kicked off runners at the Komen NC Triangle Race, and several survivors shared their personal ties to the cause with NBC 17. One special element of the NC Triangle Race was a “Wall of Hope” where survivors and their friends and family members left messages of courage, strength and love, and local residents decked their yards with pink lawn art. Local Duke University researcher Dr. Kimberly Blackwall spoke passionately to survivors about the “good news” that is coming from research and the importance of continued funding. WRAL, Examiner.com and News Observer also feature the Race and those that were excited to come out and enjoy the perfect weather while getting closer to ending breast cancer forever.
Komen Deutschland’s Race in Cologne, Germany is coming up next weekend, so stay tuned!
You can find your local Komen Race for the Cure here.
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