Susan G. Komen Oregon and Southwest Washington

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Issue:  March-April 2017

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.



Spring is here, and we have so much to share about our work, and where we need your support.  Read more>>

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March was a busy month for advocacy. Andrew Asato and Cindy Fletcher joined other Komen affiliates in Washington, DC for the Komen Advocacy Conference. They talked with Oregon’s congressional delegation about funding for free mammograms and research, as well as about the importance of oral cancer drug parity. Komen’s legislative priorities, at the national level, can be found here.

At the state level, Cindy, Cristela Daniel, and 10 Komen volunteers, joined the American Cancer Society for the Cancer Action Network (CAN) Day at the Capitol on March 13th. They advocated about the importance of state funding for the Oregon Screenwise Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. If you have received Screenwise BCCP services and would like to share your story, please contact Cindy at



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This spring, Komen Oregon and SW Washington will launch its first Metastatic Breast Cancer Dinner Series event. An expert will talk about a topic of interest to people living with metastatic breast cancer, in a small group dinner setting. More details with dates and locations are to come. If you, or someone you know, are living with metastatic breast cancer and have a topic you’d like to know more about, please email Bridget at

Save September 22-23, 2017 for the Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference in Seattle, WA. A very informative program is in the works, created by and for people living with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. 



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The second annual Breast Cancer Forum is coming to Eugene this fall! If you live in the Eugene / Springfield area, please share what breast cancer topics are of interest to you. Please fill out this short survey. 



2017 Breast Cancer Issues Conference

More than 450 people attended the Breast Cancer Issues Conference, between Portland and five simulcast sites in Bend, Eugene / Springfield, Medford, Newport, and Roseburg, earlier this month! Photos and select session videos can be found on the BCI Conference web page.



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We partner with Medical Foundation of Marion Polk Counties, Northwest Family Services, and Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation, on our Latina Initiative. Community health workers from these organizations educate their communities on the importance of screening in the early detection of breast cancer. They seek out and help eligible Latinas to overcome barriers to care, assisting them in getting their clinical breast exam and mammogram, as well as in understanding the results. If additional diagnostic testing or treatment is needed, the community health worker facilitates a warm handoff to a patient navigator.



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The morning was wild with snow, rain and sunshine. But most of all, it was filled with much hope, strength and joy. More than 1,000 people (and pooches!) came together as a community to celebrate survivors and forever fighters, to raise $150,000 for services and programs in the region, and to have a good time. Thank you for your all of your support in the Eugene Race for the Cure. See you next March 2018! Please share your thoughts. Photos can be found here.


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Together, business and community leaders, and survivors, forever fighters, and their loved ones recognize the importance of investing in saving lives and making progress in the fight against breast cancer. We are honored to have Dr. Brian Druker, M.D., Director of OHSU Knight Cancer Institute as the keynote speaker at Lunch for the Cure. Other guests will join the discussion about current and future research. Great raffle and auction packages! Just a few seats left!



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It is time to get on board and join the Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington's Watercraft on the Water (WOW) event! Join us on July 29, 2017 at Vancouver Lake. 

This year is sure to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever with so many events! You can row, dragon boat, stand up paddle board, kayak and more. Join the hundreds of participants this summer for fun in the sun and help support Komen's mission at this epic fundraising event!



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Did you know that a gift of $12, $25, $50 or $100 each month makes sure life-saving services and promising research are available across Oregon and SW Washington? Become a Cornerstone Member and a champion among the family of supporters at Komen Oregon and SW Washington. BE MORE THAN PINK! See how your gift can make a difference.



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Are you looking for professional experience in an organization? Great internship opportunities are available for the spring and summer!

Internships are a great way to gain experience and support Komen Oregon and SW Washington. Interns work approximately 20-40 hours per week in volunteer management, community programs, communications, and with Race for the Cure. It's an experience you won't forget!



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The Portland Police Bureau and Portland Police Association joined forces with Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington in the fight again breast cancer last fall. As several officers at the bureau have been diagnosed with breast cancer, Chief Michael Marshman, with a personal connection to breast cancer, and the bureau took action. Pink police-issued patches, pins, shoelaces, and car and motorcycle ribbon decals sparked conversations with the public. Ann Berryman and Andrew Asato were honored to receive $5,035 from the entire bureau. THANK YOU!

Upcoming Activities & Events  

Do you have a great fundraising idea? Want to become a partner? Many people and organizations make a difference by raising money to benefit Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington. It's called the Do It Yourself program. You can participate in an activity that you enjoy while supporting a good cause, fighting breast cancer. The possibilities are endless - host an athletic tournament, donate a percentage or dollar amount of your services or products, host a jeans day. 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>>


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 affiliates in the NW. Please join us 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>>




Ledbetter designed a pink headband and multiband to sell at their store website. A $3 donation is made to Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington from each headband sold. 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®
1500 SW First Ave., Suite 270 | Portland, OR 97201 | Telephone (503) 552-9160 | Fax (503) 552-9161