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2018 Race Survivors

On May 12, thousands from all across Central Virginia converged on Brown’s Island for the 2018 Race for the Cure®. What a great day it was!

We would like to again thank all those who were there to stand beside us in the fight against breast cancer, whether a co-survivor, sponsor, donor, Race participant, caregiver, friend or volunteer. We would also like to extend special thanks to all the breast cancer survivors who allowed us to honor and celebrate them on Race Day. You are and will always be the heart of our Race.

We hope to see you at next year's Race!

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Help Us Finish Strong

The Race for the Cure is our largest fundraiser each year. Funds raised support our neighbors here in Central Virginia who face a diagnosis of breast cancer. Through the generosity shown by participants, sponsors, supporters, and friends like you, we will be able to add significantly to the more than $8 million that Komen Central Virginia has been able to contribute over the past 20 years to fund much-needed community grants and groundbreaking national research.

We would like to thank and recognize this year's Top 10 Fundraising Teams and Individuals.

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You can still make an impact in our community after the Race by fundraising or making a personal donation. We will continue to accept Race donations through the end of June.

Remember, up to 75% of Komen’s net revenue is used to support local community-based education, screening, and treatment programs. The remaining 25% of our net income supports cutting-edge scientific research through the Susan G. Komen® Grants Program.

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Interested in learning more about how breast cancer survivors may benefit from therapies such as acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more? Please join us for the June "Komen Conversations” presented by Bon Secours Health System on Thursday, June 21 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM featuring Susan W. Schaffer, DO, an oncologist who will discuss Complementary Medicine for breast cancer survivors. Appetizers will be served.

Through Komen Conversations, our goal is to bring together our community of survivors, co-survivors, family members, and individuals at risk for developing breast cancer to hear from local experts from Bon Secours who will speak to topics relevant to the survivor experience:  advancements in breast health care, long-term and late effects of treatment, nutrition for the breast cancer survivor, complementary therapies, and more!

We hope to see you at this event. Come meet fellow survivors and engage in thoughtful conversation. Reserve your seat today!

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Race Wrap-Up

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Please take a moment to fill out our 2018 Komen Central Virginia Race for the Cure® Survey. A few minutes of your time will provide us with important feedback and will help us continue to improve the Race. All those who take the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Kroger gift card.

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Race Photos

This year's photographers captured some great Race Day moments. The pictures are available for download on our Facebook page.

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Race Timed Results

Did you run the Race with a timing chip? Take a look at how you did! Click here to view your Race results and Finish Line Video. Congratulations to our medal winners!


1. Alice Bolden
2. Karin Levesque
3. Marcie Shea

Masters (50+)
Alice Bolden


1. Cathy Cosner
2. Debbie Goodpasture
3. Laurel Goodpasture

Masters (50+)
Sally Young


1. Elija Benesh
2. Sam Kohler
3. Rodney Ragin

Masters (50+)
Rodney Ragin

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Komen In the News... Study Recommends Potential Treatment Change for Many

In early June, the results of the Trial Assigning Individualized Options for Treatment, or TAILORx, study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The study shows that many women with early stage breast cancer may not need to undergo chemotherapy treatment. The study was partially funded by Susan G. Komen®.  
chemotherapy.jpgThe study found that 70 percent of women with early stage breast cancers that are HER2 negative and are sensitive to estrogen, may be able to forgo chemotherapy and its toxic side effects. By using individuals’ Oncotype DX Genomic testing score, researchers found some patients need take only hormone therapy, drugs that block the hormone estrogen or stops the body from making it. This statement can be attributed to Victoria Wolodzko, Komen’s Senior Vice President of Mission.

“Susan G. Komen has been concerned for years about the toxic side effects of chemotherapy, because while it can save lives, it also can potentially cause heart and nerve damage, and also leave patients vulnerable to infection and increase the risk of leukemia later in life. This is why we have funded a body of research that seeks to more precisely treat breast cancers and potentially avoid chemotherapy. This study, which was supported in part by Komen funding, suggests that we have the potential to use Genomic testing to tell some women more precisely whether they would benefit from chemotherapy or not.”   

According to the researchers, the study definitively identifies the 70% of women with early-stage, hormone-receptor positive, HER-2 negative, node-negative breast cancer who do not benefit from chemotherapy and the 30% of those women for whom chemotherapy can be lifesaving. This important finding reveals how Oncotype DX testing can lead to a new level of precision treatment.

The TAILORx trial was independently designed and conducted by ECOG-ACRIN under the sponsorship of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and was the largest adjuvant breast cancer treatment trial ever conducted. It enrolled 10,273 women with early-stage breast cancer across approximately 1,200 sites in the United States and 5 additional countries. Komen funded Dr. Joseph A. Sparano of Montefiore Medical Center in New York, the leader of the study, to create a biospecimen bank focused on defining tumor and host factors contributing to recurrence of breast cancer occurring more than five years after diagnosis.

Komen has invested more than $266 million in over 590 research grants and nearly 100 clinical trials focused on precision medicine.

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Thank You 2018 Komen Central Virginia Race Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our incredible 2018 sponsors. Their generosity will help us move one step closer toward our vision of a world without breast cancer!

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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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Komen Conversations: Thursday, June 21
Sign up now for the upcoming "Komen Conversations” presented by Bon Secours Health System on Thursday, June 21 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM featuring Susan W. Schaffer, DO, who will present on Complementary Therapies for breast cancer survivors.

Come meet fellow survivors and engage in thoughtful conversation. Reserve your seat today!

2018 pink & black tie affair 2018 Pink and Black Tie Affair: Saturday, October 13
Save the Date for the 2018 Pink and Black Tie Affair on Saturday, October 13 hosted by the Shirley A. Leonard Foundation. Proceeds from the event benefit Susan G. Komen Central Virginia. Tickets will go on sale in July.


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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 **NEW** 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 #91312).
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 of $250,000 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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