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  • Inaugural Perfect Pink Party Recap

    Susan G. Komen for the Cure presents The Perfect Pink PartyA special thanks to our emcee Donald Trump and all who helped raise $800,000 for Komen’s research and community programs during the first Perfect Pink Party at the Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach last Friday night. The event marked the  promise that our founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker made to her sister, Susan G. Komen, to end breast cancer forever. It was great to celebrate with terrific guests in a sea of pink!

    Trump – who is a Susan G. Komen for the Cure New York Ambassador — donated an additional $25,000 during the evening. Among our special guests were: Stage 3 triple negative breast cancer survivor, FOX News correspondent and Komen for the Cure Global Ambassador Jennifer Griffin, who introduced four Komen research grantees: Amelie Ramirez of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Dr. Powel Brown, professor and chairman of Clinical Cancer Prevention at MD Anderson (Ramirez and Brown are both members of our Scientific Advisory Board), Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and Dr. Thomas Buckholz chair of the radiation oncology department and executive director of the Morgan Welch Inflammatory Breast Cancer center at MD Anderson.

    As the 2011 Perfect Pink Party winds up, the Pink Passions Auction is in full swing. The auction features many one-of-a-kind designer creations and exclusive experiences from the worlds’ greatest luxury brands. To see the items and participate, visit www.charitybuzz.com/PerfectPink through March 23, 2011.

    Be sure to check out more photos from the gala on the Palm Beach Post website.

  • The Komen Scholars Meet in Person for the First Time!

    Guest post from Patty Spears, Cheryl Jernigan, Mary Elliott and Sandy Finestone, breast cancer research advocate members to the Komen Scholars.

    The Komen Scholars was established in 2010 to provide the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Scientific Advisory Board with advice and expertise in scientific peer review of research applications. The Komen Scholars are a diverse group of breast cancer experts and leaders in research coming together as one council, for one cause: to put an end to breast cancer! The Scholars met for the first time last week to discuss the current Komen for the Cure grant review process and current research projects.

    The meeting started with a welcome lunch where the Scholars connected with each other prior to the discussion. Komen president, Liz Thompson, and the rest of the staff introduced the organization and presented an overview of the grant review process. In a room full of renowned scientists and research advocates, all comments were welcomed and listened to!

    Each session encouraged conversation resulting in suggestions for future processes. Comments and concerns were provided, and our collective knowledge resulted in many suggestions that will enhance the Komen grant review process and outcomes.

    We also heard presentations from each of the researchers leading several Komen Promise Grants – some of the most innovative and translational research funded by Komen. Based on particular areas of expertise, many of the Scholars offered new ideas or possible enhancements to the research projects already underway.

    There is still much work that needs to be done and our ability to fund leading breast cancer research is becoming more crucial to achieving an end to breast cancer.

    The scientific leadership of the Komen Scholars is very impressive and we are proud to be valued partners with Komen in this fight. Research advocates and scientists working together as Komen Scholars can ensure the research we fund will change the breast cancer landscape and lead to better prevention, diagnosis, treatments and, ultimately, the cures.

  • The Caterpillar Foundation Joins the Fight Against Breast Cancer in Latin America

    Today we are very excited to announce we have joined forces with the Caterpillar Foundation in a $2 million, three-year partnership to increase breast cancer awareness and improve screening and early detection outcomes in low-resource communities in Latin America. This isn’t something to be taken lightly- this is the largest gift from a single foundation ever awarded to us in three decades!

    The partnership will award grants to local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to establish and further develop comprehensive early detection programs with the goal of increasing breast cancer screening rates in Monterrey, Mexico; Sao Paulo, Brazil and Panama City, Panama. In Latin America, more than 70% of cancers are diagnosed when the disease is very advanced, and cancer is stigmatized and viewed as a ‘death sentence.’ The Caterpillar Foundation’s generous support gives us a unique opportunity to help fund critical programs that will ultimately save lives.

    In keeping with our philosophy of building on existing infrastructure, each of these communities was chosen because they already had screening services in place, and we have already laid the foundation through our Course for the Cure™ program to scale-up screening efforts through community assessment and grassroots training initiatives. One of the key components of the Course for the Cure training program is the community assessment model, which identifies screening gaps and unmet needs within each community in an effort to better understand and define each region’s priorities and objectives for future action. These gaps guide the development of new, evidence-based community programs that improve local breast health outcomes.

    The grants will support public awareness campaigns, breast self-awareness training, training for medical practitioners and infrastructure improvements. Additionally, our Global Initiative staff will support sustainability by convening community roundtables to develop guidelines for effective screening policies, increase screening resources for uninsured, poor and/or rural women and by conducting training workshops in coordination with the community roundtables. Stay tuned because the first round of grant recipients will be announced this summer!

    Recognizing the growing global impact of breast cancer, the shared challenges among countries worldwide, and the value of coordinated advocacy in the battle against this disease, we began exploring outreach outside the U.S. in 1999. We have provided more than $27 million in funding for international breast cancer research and more than $17 million for international community education and outreach programs in more than 50 countries.

    This support gives us a unique opportunity to truly make a life-saving impact for thousands of women and men in communities throughout Latin America.

    Read the official press release here.

  • In-Depth Interview With Nancy G. Brinker

    In support of International Women’s Day (March 8), our founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker had an in-depth interview with the Huffington Post’s Rahim Kanini. They discussed the challenges still ahead for women’s health, the evolution of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the state of breast cancer, her role as Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control, cause-related marketing and the urgent need for cancer control programs worldwide.

    The interview can be found at the link below.

    Huffington Post: In-Depth Interview with Nancy G. Brinker

  • Join Us and Fight Breast Cancer on International Women’s Day

    International Women's DayToday is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a day when we acknowledge the advocacy still needed for women all over the world. It’s also a day that showcases women’s issues – health, economic development and family. Of course, we are a women’s health organization, focused on ending breast cancer, and we’ll tell you one way you can show your support for our mission further down in this post.

    For now, we’d like to start by thanking all of you — volunteers, donors and partners — for building a global community fighting for women’s health. Breast cancer is still the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women (nearly 1.4 million women around the world will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year) and the second leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide (approximately 465,000 deaths attributed to breast cancer).

    This discouraging news points to the urgent need for all women to support each other. The good news is that we’re making progress with lower mortality rates and higher five-year relative survival rates for early stage cancers. We are committed to the research that will deliver answers for aggressive and lethal forms of the disease, while supporting women through a breast cancer diagnosis in thousands of communities worldwide.

    Today, we encourage you to learn about your breast health and talk with your health care provider about appropriate screening. This is an especially important conversation to have if breast cancer or other cancers, run in your family. But don’t be complacent if breast cancer isn’t a family disease: the most important risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older. Know your normal – understand what your breasts usually look and feel like and report changes to a health care provider. View our recommended screening guidelines and information here. Finally, make healthy lifestyle choices that may reduce your risk of breast cancer, including maintaining a healthy weight, adding exercise into your routine and limiting alcohol intake.

    We are the only breast cancer organization selected to be recognized by Google in connection with its International Women’s Day events. We elected to participate in Google’s “Join Women on the Bridge” events – one of many events being conducted in the United States in connection with International Women’s Day. Our virtual bridge can be found by searching “Dallas, TX” at http://www.google.com/iwd2011.