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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was a huge success, and we have YOU to thank. Thank you for being part of our family – we appreciate you! Whether you read our stories about friends who are living with metastatic breast cancer, spread awareness to friends and family or held your own fundraiser - we appreciate you for being MORE THANK PINK®.

We want to challenge you to show your support and be MORE THANK PINK® not just during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but all year long, because 113 people die of breast cancer every day. This is why we must be more than cheerleaders. We must become change leaders. Leading change for greater funding, more research at the national level, and stronger support to better serve those in the breast cancer community.

Together, we are strong. Together, we bring hope and support to those facing breast cancer. Together, we’re making progress toward our Bold Goal of reducing the current number of breast cancer deaths by half in the U.S. by 2026.


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Agape Family Life Church
Ariya Family Chiropractic Center, PC
Baylands Family Credit Union
BB&T Securities
Belk Apple Blossom Mall
Belk Charlottesville
Belk Spotsylvania Mall
Belmont Ladies Golf Association
Boar's Head Provisions
Byrd Theatre
Capital One Be Well Health Center
Capital One, Chester
Carreras Jewelers
Cedar Street Baptist Church
Central VA American Poolplayers
Chief Cornerstone Full Gospel Church
Clarke County Historical Association
Colonial Webb
Connie Lapallo
County Line Baptist Church
Deep Run High School
Diamond Springs
Dillard's Short Pump Town Center
Dillard's Stony Point Fashion Park
Dixie Gas & Oil Corporation
Goochland Professional Firefighters
Great Big Green House
Home Team Grill
Irvine Charitable Fund
Ivy Foundation of Northern Virginia
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community
College School of Nursing and Allied Health
Jasmine Turner, NBC12
Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Lilly Pulitzer
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Lustre by Adolf
Macy's Short Pump Town Center
Manchester High School
Manchester Moose Lodge
Max's on Broad
McCool's of Bon Air
Melwood Horticultural Training Center
Merle Norman - Richmond
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P. Buckley Moss Foundation for
Children's Education
Pello Bikes
Penterson and Booth Dentistry
Priority Nissan
Priority Toyota
Priority Volkswagen
Pull the Flag on Breast Cancer
Pure Barre Short Pump & Alyssa Hall
Quilting Adventures
Rappahannock Oyster Company
Richmond Association Of
Government Accountants
Sarah Bloom, NBC12
Shirley A. Leonard Foundation
Southside Regional Medical Center
St. Paul's Baptist Church
Tarrant’s Café
Ten Thousand Villages
The Jefferson Hotel
The Melting Pot
The Supply Room
Virginia Commonwealth Bank
Virginia State University Student Health Services
West Point High School
Womans Club of Essex County
Wreaths by Linda
Zion Grove Baptist Church

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2018 11 Komen Conversations - Nutrition Through the Holidays

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A Special Thank You to Priority Richmond
for Helping Us Drive Away Breast Cancer

Priority Pinktober logo - squareCongratulations to our incredible NBCAM Automotive Sponsor, Priority Automotive Richmond, on the Third Annual Priority Pinktober which raised over $22,600 for Komen Central Virginia! Thank you, Priority Richmond - and all those who supported the fight against breast cancer by buying a new car at Priority Nissan, Priority Toyota, or Priority Volkswagen in October - for making saving lives and finding a cure your Priority. To each of those new car owners, we hope you enjoy your beautiful new ride and know you have made a difference. We couldn't do this important work without you!

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Komen Announces $26 Million Investment in New Research

Komen recently announced an investment of $26 million to fund 62 new research projects that seek to answer some of the toughest questions facing breast cancer. This new funding is part of our efforts to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S.by 50 percent by 2026 and brings our total research investment to $988 million to date – the largest nonprofit investment outside the U.S. government.
2018 Komen HQ Grants“This year, Komen is investing in a number of areas that will help us achieve our bold goal and save lives. We are seeking answers to why our current drugs work for some patients, but not all, or why they work at first, but later become ineffective.” said Komen Chief Scientific Advisor, George Sledge, M.D., Chief of Oncology at Stanford University Department of Medicine. “We are also looking into aggressive forms of the disease like triple negative and inflammatory breast cancer, which tend to have poorer outcomes. By investigating novel techniques and therapies, we hope to bring new treatment options to patients.”
The newly announced grants will investigate critical areas in breast cancer research, including (but not limited to) projects focused on one or more of the following:

  • Drug Resistance and Metastasis (40 grants, representing 70 percent
    of the grants awarded)
  • Triple Negative Breast Cancer (23 grants)
  • New Treatments (38 grants) such as Immunotherapies (9 grants)
  • Health Disparities (8 grants)

To learn more about Komen's breast cancer research, click here.

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Two Girls with Two Ovens Make a Big Impact

Mother/daughter baking duo Carla and Aidyn Mentry held their 8th Annual Think Pink Bake Sale this year at their home in Glen Allen, selling 3,286 treats and raising over $4,400 to benefit Komen Central Virginia.

Aidyn, now 15 and a sophomore at Deep Run High School, and her mother have been baking treats to raise money for the cause since a friend and neighbor was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. They raised $500 the first year and received an anonymous $500 matching gift to bring that year’s total donation to $1,000, and Aidyn’s Caring Cookies was born. To date, Aidyn and Carla have raised nearly $20,000!

Carla shared, “We're a two girl, two oven operation so we prepare for several weeks before the sale. The two of us make each and every treat we sell." Each item is sold for $1. They donate their time and the cost of ingredients so every penny from every item sold is donated. Due to the large number of requests, they have created an online process to handle pre-orders.

Their bestsellers include white chocolate dipped Double Stuf Oreos decorated with pink white chocolate awareness ribbons, pink ribbon shaped sugar cookies, M&M chocolate chip cookies, and salted caramel fudge brownies. Yum!

Aidyn also sells treats via Facebook for other occasions and holidays where she donates 10% of each sale to charity.

Aidyn and Carla, you are an incredible example of the impact each of us can make in the fight against breast cancer. Thank you for sharing your passion for baking to help save lives in our community!

Would you like to start a passion project with a purpose? Click here to learn more about how you could start a fundraiser for Komen Central Virginia. Everyone can make a difference!

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Get Involved

Make sure to check the list below for information about upcoming Komen activities and third party events and promotions. Click here to learn more about fundraising for Komen.

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"Clarke County and the National Pastime" - Pink Bat Silent Auction:
October through November 15
Drawing largely from the archives of the Clarke County Historical Association, this temporary exhibit examines how the sport of baseball was played and even reported in the first half of the 20th century. Complete with game-worn jerseys, bats, funny stories, and more, Clarke County and the National Pastime brings to life how local residents played the game nearly a century ago.

Also featured is a pink baseball bat made exclusively for this exhibit. The bat is available for purchase through a silent auction between now and November 15. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Susan G. Komen Central Virginia.

To make a bid, email director@clarkehistory.org or call the museum at (540) 955-2600.

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Komen Conversations: Thursday, November 15
Sign up now for the upcoming Komen Conversations presented by Bon Secours Health System on Thursday, November 15 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM featuring Laura Watkins, RD, CSO, CNSE, Oncology Dietitian, who will discuss Nutrition Through the Holidays for Survivors.

Come meet fellow survivors and engage in thoughtful conversation.

Reserve your seat today!
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Ten Thousand Villages Community Shopping Event: Thursday, November 29
Join us for a community shopping event at Ten Thousand Villages in Carytown on Thursday, November 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. A portion of purchases made at this event will benefit Komen Central Virginia.


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Dixie Gas & Oil Corporation - Delivering for a Cure: For every gallon of propane dispensed from the specially painted tank trucks, Dixie Gas will donate one cent to Komen Central Virginia. Since 2010, Dixie Gas & Oil has donated more than $40,000 to Komen Central Virginia.
Melwood donate your car logo Melwood Charity Car Donation Center: Donate your used car, van, truck, boat with a trailer, or recreational vehicle to the Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It’s as easy as filling out our online donation form. Vehicles accepted in any condition! To date, Melwood Charity Car Donation Center has donated over $25,000 to Komen Central Virginia.
Kroger Community Rewards Kroger Community Rewards: Enroll in Kroger's Community Rewards' program, and your shopping can benefit Komen Central Virginia. You can enroll your Kroger Plus Card in the program either online (at Kroger.com/communityrewards) or at the store (ask an employee to link your card the next time you're in the store). All you have to do is select Susan G. Komen Central Virginia (NPO #QF534).
AmazonSmile AmazonSmile: Are you are an avid Amazon shopper? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Komen Central Virginia every time you shop with Amazon, at no cost to you. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. All you have to do is shop Amazon from this link http://bit.ly/CentralVASmile.


2017 Bank of America

Bank of America Pink Ribbon Banking: Bank of America serves as the National Presenting Sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series in the United States. Bank of America also supports Komen through its Pink Ribbon Banking Affinity products, which have raised over $8 million to date. Employees of Bank of America also support Komen across the country by volunteering in their local markets. Bank of America has been a Komen partner since 2009. Click here for more information on the Pink Ribbon Banking program.

2016 Rally for the Cure - 20th Anniversary

Rally for the Cure®: Rally for the Cure is a grassroots program using golf, tennis and other social programs to raise more than $80 million for Komen-funded breast cancer research and local breast cancer community programs nationwide. As of 2017, management of the Rally program operates from Susan G. Komen®’s national headquarters, located in Dallas, TX.

2016 Wacoal Fit for the Cure

Wacoal Fit for the Cure®: This year marks the 18th anniversary of Wacoal’s Fit for the Cure® program benefiting Susan G. Komen®! For every woman who gets a professional bra fitting at an event, Wacoal will donate $2 to Komen (no purchase necessary). Wacoal will also donate $2 to Komen for every Wacoal bra, shapewear item or b.tempt’d bra purchased at these events. Together with all other promotions conducted by Wacoal, Wacoal will donate an aggregate guaranteed minimum donation of $250,000.00 in 2018 to support Komen’s National Treatment Assistance program and other local community health programs. For more information and to find an event near you: http://ow.ly/s8JP30i1xsI.

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