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Make plans now to join us for our 11th Annual Survivor Celebration on Friday, September 30. Each year, we gather for a special luncheon to celebrate breast cancer survivors who have been diagnosed, fought through treatment, and come out on the other side surviving and thriving! This is a unique opportunity for survivors, their co-survivors, and guests to network, celebrate, pamper themselves, and support each other during an afternoon at Richmond’s landmark Jefferson Hotel.

This year's speaker is Heidi Floyd, a breast cancer survivor, author, speaker, and advocate. At two months pregnant with her son and happily married with three children (and now four), Heidi was diagnosed with breast cancer. While undergoing treatment, she faced the challenges of balancing her faith, her family, her own health, her son’s health, and a full-time workload during an otherwise joyful time in her life. You'll leave the event inspired, after hearing Heidi share her personal experience with breast cancer and her compelling message about the importance of research, support, and compassion.

Tickets are $25 for breast cancer survivors and $35 for all other guests. Tables of 10 may be purchased for $250. This is one of our most popular and inspirational events each year, so don’t wait to get your ticket.

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Stories of Discovery: Using Ingenuity and Duct Tape to Improve Breast Cancer Screening

Mammography is good at detecting breast cancer, but it’s not perfect, especially for women with dense breasts. Overall, it can accurately detect breast cancer about 84 percent of the time. But some studies estimate that mammography detects fewer than half of cancers in dense breasts. This is primarily because breast tumors and dense breast tissue look similar on a mammogram, making it difficult to distinguish between them.

A Simple Roll of Duct Tape  Scientists and clinicians have been working for decades to develop better methods for breast cancer screening in women with dense breasts, but Komen-funded researcher Dr. Deborah Rhodes and a team at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, may finally have a solution by using molecular imaging, a technology already used for imaging the heart. Working closely with nuclear physicist Dr. Michael O’Conner, who was instrumental in developing MBI, Dr. Rhodes and the Mayo team used an everyday engineering marvel – duct tape – yes, duct tape – and a bit of ingenuity to modify an existing mammogram machine.

A Big Boost in Accuracy  With her first grant from Komen, Dr. Rhodes and her Mayo colleagues found that molecular breast imaging (MBI) plus mammography was more sensitive than mammography alone, with a 91 percent chance of accurately detecting breast cancer compared to 27 percent with mammography alone. Dr. Rhodes received a second grant from Komen to conduct another clinical trial, with MBI resulting in four times greater accuracy in the diagnosis of breast cancer when compared to using a mammogram alone.
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Click here to learn more about how Dr. Rhodes and other Komen Scholars are making a difference through research.

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Volunteers Needed for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is just around the corner, which means our calendar is filling up with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month events. 

Help support our vision of a world without breast cancer by volunteering for one of the following exciting opportunities. For a complete list of all events and volunteer opportunities, click here.

If you’re interested in becoming a Komen Educator, please contact Ryan Foulds at rfoulds@komencentralva.org.

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Belk Spotsylvania
Fit for the Cure
September 16
various shifts
Spotsylvania Towne Center
500 Towne Center Boulevard
Fredericksburg, VA  22401
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Belk Charlottesville
Fit for the Cure
September 17
various shifts
1581 East Rio Road
Charlottesville, VA  22901
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Sisters Network Central Virginia Health Fair September 24
various shifts
721 N. 35th Street
Richmond, VA  23223
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Sisters Network Richmond Gift for Life Block Walk

October 1
8:00 AM-12:30 PM

117 Engleside Drive
Richmond, VA  23222
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Dillard’s Short Pump
Fit for the Cure
 October 5
various shifts
11800 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA  23233
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Dillard’s Stony Point
Fit for the Cure
October 7
various shifts
9208 Stony Point Parkway
Richmond, VA  23235
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In honor of a new school year, the Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen would like to invite your school community to join us in the fight against breast cancer by hosting a Pink Out event this fall. Each year, schools across Central Virginia partner with Komen to educate about breast health and to engage students in philanthropy as they help raise awareness and funds in support of our mission to end breast cancer forever. With National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, fall sporting events and student activities can be the perfect opportunity to begin this important conversation and empower students to make a difference in our local community. In fact, over the past five years, schools in our service area have raised over $100,000 to help save lives right here in Central Virginia. What an impact!

For more information about Pink Out events, contact us at (804) 320-1772 or info@komencentralva.org.

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2017 Race Casting Call

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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 for additional information about any of the events or promotions listed below.

Click here to learn more about fundraising for Komen.

Firefighters for a Cure

Firefighters for a Cure:  Saturday, August 27
The Shenandoah Valley firefighters invite you to join them for the 1st Annual Firefighters for a Cure Softball Tournament. One hundred percent of the proceeds and donations will benefit Komen Central Virginia. Help them knock breast cancer out of the park.

Click here for more information.

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11th Annual Survivor Celebration:  Friday, September 30
Save the date for the 11th Annual Survivor Celebration. This year's event will be held at the historic Jefferson Hotel.

You won't want to miss out on this inspiring event where we honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors in every stage of treatment and remember those who have lost their battle to the disease.

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2nd Annual Pink and Black Tie Affair:  Saturday, October 15
The Shirley A. Leonard Foundation presents the 2nd Annual Pink and Black Tie Affair. Proceeds from the event benefit Susan G. Komen Central Virginia.

The event will be held at the beautiful Living and Learning Center at Virginia Union University. Formal attire is requested, but not required. Enjoy food, unlimited drinks, a live band, DJ/music, raffle giveaways, and a silent auction.

All breast cancer survivors in attendance will be honored on this night. To be included, please send your name to shirleyaleaonardfoundation@gmail.com. 

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 2016 Pink Tie Gala

10th Annual Pink Tie Gala:  Saturday, October 22
Come enjoy dancing, a buffet dinner, silent auction, live music by En' Novation Band, and be entertained by the all new "Celebration of Life Dance Team” with a special performance by Dr. James Pellicane, M.D.

This year's theme is the Roaring 20s. Period wear is optional. Flapper accessories will be available onsite for a small donation.

Funds raised from The Pink Tie Gala will benefit Komen Central Virginia.

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2014 Capitol Clothing Recyclers - Clothing for the Cure
Capital Clothing Recyclers - Clothing for the Cure: Capitol Clothing Recyclers will donate $.05 per pound of the gross receipts of donated clothing, shoes, textiles, blankets, sheets, and household items with a minimum donation of $10,000 per calendar year. To date, Capital Clothing Recyclers has donated over $31,000 to Komen Central Virginia.
2016 June - Dixie Gas & Oil
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 $33,000 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 almost $25,000 to Komen Central Virginia.

AmazonSmile: Are you are an avid Amazon customer? 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.


2015 Bank of America bundle

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 $7 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 that works to educate women about breast cancer and to remind them to get their annual screening through volunteer organized golf, tennis, and social activities. Since 1996, Rally events have generated over $77 million for Susan G. Komen®. Click here for a full list of local Rally events.

2016 Wacoal Fit for the Cure

Wacoal Fit for the Cure®: Each year, Wacoal holds more than 1,000 Fit for the Cure® events across the United States. At these events, Wacoal offers complimentary bra fittings, and for each woman who participates, Wacoal donates $2 to Susan G. Komen®. Wacoal also donates $2 for every Wacoal or b.tempt’d bra or shapewear piece purchased at a Fit for the Cure® event. As part of this Fit for the Cure program, Wacoal has guaranteed a minimum donation of $250,000 to Komen from January 1 – December 31, 2016. To date, Wacoal has donated more than $4 million to Komen. Click here for complete information on local Fit for the Cure events.

Upcoming Wacoal Fit for the Cure® Events:

September 16 - Belk Spotsylvania Mall, Fredericksburg, VA
September 17 - Belk Charlottesville, Charlottesville, VA
October 5 - Dillard's Short Pump Town Center, Richmond, VA
October 7 - Dillard's Stony Point Fashion Park, Richmond, VA

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Phone: 804-320-1772 · Fax: 804-320-1774 · Email: info@komencentralva.org