Susan G. Komen Oregon and Southwest Washington

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Issue:  November-December 2016

Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington priorities include:  early detection (education, screening and diagnostic services), survivor and fighter support (financial assistance and resources during and after treatment), advocacy, and cutting-edge research.



October’s breast cancer awareness month has concluded, and we are happy to highlight, in this publication, just a few of the many events we enjoyed with our partners across Oregon and Southwest Washington. I also want to share with you an important issue as it relates to our new, bold goal. Read more>>


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This holiday season become a monthly donor - a Cornerstone member and a MORE THAN PINK champion among our family of supporters at Komen Oregon & SW Washington!  Members create a solid foundation of life-saving services, and promising research right here in our communities with gifts of $12 or $25 a month.  Join today.


AMBASSADOR BOARD - member highlight!

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October was an incredible, full month of stories from every corner of Oregon and SW Washington! We invited people to share their personal journey and why they are involved with us. Their stories were inspiring and heart breaking; hopeful and real; thought provoking and honest. These people received our services and / or gave back to us and community - volunteer support, donations and pure commeraderie.  Thank you, Komen family!



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During the month of October, over 30 churches in the Portland-metro area got together to spread the word about breast health awareness and the importance of screening in early detection. Volunteer Ambassadors were trained in the message by Komen and then planned activities within their congregations. Seven of these churches are participating as African American Initiative Pilot Churches, where the Ambassadors have the added task of assisting those who request assistance in getting a mammogram. Photos from the activities can be found on the Worship in Pink FaceBook page.



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On October 1, the Komen Ambassador Board hosted their inaugural Kick for Komen Foot Golf Tournament at Glendoveer Golf Club. This lively and fun event raised more than $11,000 to fund important services in Oregon and SW Washington. Thank you to all of the participants, sponsors, and Ambassador Board members for making this event a success!



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On October 22nd, Komen hosted a Breast Cancer Forum in Eugene, where keynote speaker, Rebecca Nellis, of Cancer and Careers, talked about how to navigate the workplace after a cancer diagnosis. Following her presentation, a panel of local HR and health professionals talked, more in depth, about local resources, regulations, and experiences in this area. Check out photos here.



COMMUNITY PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT - PeaceHealth SW Washington Medical Center

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PeaceHealth Southwest Washington administers the free mammogram and diagnostics portion of the Washington Breast, Cervical, and Colon Health Program to eligible people in Clark, Cowlitz, and Skamania Counties. Their goal for this year is to enroll nearly 600 clients into the screening program, provide patient navigation, assist with Apple Health medical coverage, and provide treatment support. 


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Actor Gabrielle Union urges women not to put off breast-cancer screening. Read More.


UPCOMING EVENTS! - View more here>>



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We have moved the date of the Eugene Race for the Cure to March 5, 2017, so as to host the recent Breast Cancer Forum, giving us a chance to be engaged with the community at multiple times of the year. Join us again in our walk, run and fight against breast cancer at Valley River Mall! Register here>>



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We are excited to have David B. Page, MD, Providence Cancer Center and Researcher at the Earle A. Chiles Research Center, as the keynote speaker for our annual Regional Breast Cancer Issues Conference on March 11, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland. Dr. Page’s keynote session will center on how the immune system can recognize and cure cancer, and new ways in which immunotherapy is being investigated in cancer treatment. Put the date on your calendar and look forward to registration materials in January.



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Lunch for the Cure is back, and we are honored to have Dr. Brian Druker, M.D., Director of OHSU Knight Cancer Institute as the keynote speaker on April 27, 2017 at our NEW location at the Sentinel Hotel. Lunch brings together business and community leaders who recognize the importance of investing in saving lives and ending breast cancer. Register here. See you April 27, 2017!



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A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS! As the saying goes, “It Takes a Village” and it really did to have another successful and smoothly run Race in September. 627 people volunteered over 2,300 hours, from signing up new participants, Race committee with months of planning, course marshals to ensure the safety of all of our walkers & runners, cheerleaders to welcome everyone back at the finish line, and environmental helpers to keep the park clean, to the moving crews from Tektronix to Waterfront Park!! Thank you all - the Race would not happen with you!!!

There are immediate openings for interns to assist with our Community Programs and Special Events. Do you know someone who might be a great fit?  If so, have them contact us or check here!



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Thank you for making this year’s breast cancer awareness month so meaningful! You watched, shared, fundraised, and for that we are grateful. Our Community Partners raise over $130,000 yearly. Their support helps us address urgent needs across Oregon and SW Washing all year long.


COMMUNITY PARTNERS - Activities & Events

You too can become a community partner. Many people and organizations make a difference by raising money to benefit Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington. One such way is to organize a community partner fundraising event. You can participate in an activity that you enjoy while supporting a good cause, the fight against breast cancer. Play in an athletic tournament or shop for the cure, the choices are endless! But the results are the same, supporting Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington. Learn more>>


Ryan's Pink Lady Cider

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the delicious Ryan's Pink Lady Cider will benefit Susan G. Komen. Please join them and "Drink Pink for the Cure."  Learn more>>


Open Eyes Open Heart

Open Eyes Open Heart is an Oregon-based organization that offers a large selection of exquisitely crafted fine jewelry, and donates 50% of all sales to charities of its customers’ choice. People who shop here make a personal statement about who they are, what matters to them, and that they are conscious shoppers who want their money to go beyond a seller’s bottom line.




Wells Fargo ATM Program

Support Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington by simply pressing a button at any Wells Fargo ATM in Oregon and make a donation. They make it easy! Learn more>>



Fred Meyer Community Rewards 

Support Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington by shopping at Fred Meyer with your rewards card.  All you have to do is link your Rewards Card and scan it every time you shop at Fred Meyer.  Look us up by name!  Learn more>>




Ledbetter designed a pink headband and multiband to sell at their store website. A $3.00 donation will be made from every band sold to Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington. They are fantastic! Learn more>>



Pink Ribbon Banking presented by Bank of America


When you open a new eligible Pink Ribbon Banking account*, Bank of America contributes to Susan G. Komen®. This money will help save lives, ensure quality of care for all, and energize science and research in the fight to end breast cancer. Click here to learn more.

Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington®
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