This weekend in Palm Beach, Florida, Komen kicks off the 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series with the 20th anniversary of the South Florida Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. There are now more than 1 million people running in more than 140 Komen races in countries all around the world – a huge jump from the 800 brave souls who first gathered in Dallas for the first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in 1982.
Some run to win, others to remember or celebrate a friend or loved one who is surviving a breast cancer diagnosis. They raise funds for research and the Komen programs that serve millions of women every day.
The Komen Race for the Cure series is open to everyone– young, old, rich, poor, and the famous. Among the famous? Hoda Kotb, NBC network host, who is a breast cancer survivor and honorary chair of the Palm Beach race.
Hoda talks here with Kelley Dunn of Channel 5 in Palm Beach about her own experience with breast cancer, what that first Race as a breast cancer survivor meant to her – and why the movement matters.
If you’ve had reconstructive surgery or are thinking about it, take note.
Yesterday, the FDA announced a possible link between saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). While ALCL is extremely rare, the FDA believes women with breast implants may have a very small but increased risk of developing this disease in the scar capsule adjacent to the implant.
The disease is diagnosed in only 3 of 100 million women in the United States without breast implants and the FDA is aware of about 60 cases of ALCL worldwide in women with breast implants, which is small compared to the estimated 5 to 10 million women who have implants worldwide. The FDA is asking health care providers to be vigilant in considering ALCL and reporting confirmed cases to the FDA for further study. Additionally, the FDA does not recommend that women without symptoms consider removal of their implants, nor do they suggest any change in routine medical care or follow-up.
We encourage you to know your body and what is normal for you. Report any changes to your breast to your oncologist or plastic surgeon and if you’re considering the procedure, talk to your surgeon about the risks and benefits.
As you may have seen, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams aired a segment this evening that focused on Susan G. Komen for the Cure trademark issues around use of the words “for the Cure.” While there are aspects of the segment that we feel could have been more balanced, we do recognize that this issue needs additional clarification. If we’ve been perhaps a bit overzealous in protecting our name, it’s because we feel a huge responsibility to our family of volunteers and donors and all of those who are helped by our mission to discover and deliver the cures for breast cancer.
Of course, we are always evolving and looking at how we can improve, and that includes an examination of our trademark protection strategy—an examination that started long before this controversy began brewing. As we made clear in the Nightly News segment, this work is actively underway, and we expect to share a new strategy within the next 30-60 days. Read more
It is with profound sorrow that we mourn the passing of our friend R. Sargent Shriver, Jr., one of the nation’s—indeed, the world’s—finest and most accomplished champions of peace and progress. Throughout an exemplary and compassionate life dedicated to the highest ideals of equal opportunity for all and the greater promise of humanity, Sargent Shriver served with distinction in a truly extraordinary number of capacities. In such benchmark roles as the first director of the Peace Corps and the leader of the Center for the War on Poverty, and as founder of such essential organizations as Special Olympics, Head Start and VISTA, he led by conviction, by brilliance and by example. War hero, husband, father, activist, leader and great American, R. Sargent Shriver, Jr. represented the very best of what we all hope to achieve. His inspiration as a man of uncompromising principle lives on. We offer our deepest condolences to his children, Robert, Maria, Timothy, Mark and Anthony.
Our time in the Bahamas ended appropriately on Sunday morning as we gathered to celebrate with the more than 1000 runners who participated in Marathon Bahamas. Franklyn Wilson, Chairman of Sunshine Holdings, Ltd., presenting sponsor of Marathon Bahamas, as well as the event organizer, invited our delegation to what was billed as a “VIP Breakfast” on beautiful Junkanoo Beach. More accurately, it was a family reunion, as elite runners from all of the world reunited with one another and enjoyed the warm hospitality of the extended Wilson family.
I couldn’t help but think how perfect it all was. We often refer to Komen as a family. After all, our organization was founded on a promise between two sisters and then grew with the support of our Founder’s family and friends…And grew further with the support of their family and friends. And now here we are, nearly 30 years later, continuing to add to our family as we work to tackle the toughest issues facing the breast cancer movement: aggressive disease and access to quality care. Read more