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On May 9, everyday heroes from all across Central Virginia converged on Brown’s Island to 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 a 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 our superheroes.

Sean DeWitt Photography captured some great Race Day moments. His pictures are available for download or purchase from the Sean DeWitt website. We've also posted quite a few Race pictures on our Facebook page.

Thanks, and 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 who face a diagnosis of breast cancer. Through the generosity shown at this event, we will be able to add significantly to the more than $7 million that Komen Central Virginia has been able to contribute over 17 years to fund community grants and research.

We would like to thank and recognize the Top 10 Fundraising Teams and Individuals.

2015 Race Top 10s as of June 9, 2015

Knowing how passionate you are about helping us finish the fight against breast cancer, we're asking you to help us reach our 2015 goal. We’re just 7% away from our goal of $400,000. Additional donations to the 2015 Race for the Cure can be made at http://bit.ly/2015RaceDonate.

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 the net income supports the Susan G. Komen® Grants Program (scientific research grants).

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Local Community Health Grant Funding Available for Fiscal Year 2016

Thanks to you, Komen Central Virginia continues to save lives from breast cancer by funding the most effective screening, education, and treatment programs here in our home state. Your financial support, fundraising efforts, and volunteer time have made it possible for Komen Central Virginia to announce the availability of grant funds for fiscal year 2016. Nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and educational institutions serving the communities in our Affiliate service area are eligible for funding. Applications for up to $40,000 are being accepted until noon on August 27, 2015, for innovative community grant programs that reduce breast cancer death rates, especially among those who are disproportionately affected by this disease.

For application instructions, please visit the Grants section of our website. Applications may be submitted online beginning today, June 10, 2015. For more information about the Affiliate grant program, please contact Kristin Harris, Director of Community Health Programs, at kharris@komencentralva.org or (804) 320-1772.

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Science Buzz! Inflammation: A New Link Between Lifestyle and Breast Cancer Outcomes

2015 article on inflamation

Can lifestyle affect breast cancer outcomes?

There are many studies showing that lifestyle factors like diet, weight, and physical activity affect breast cancer risk. However, little is known about how these factors affect breast cancer recurrence (when breast cancer comes back) and survival. Even though survival rates for breast cancer are high, many women may experience recurrence 5, 10, and even 15 years after their initial diagnosis.

Understanding how lifestyle factors affect breast cancer recurrence is critical for improving long-term survival of breast cancer patients. Through his Komen-funded research, Dr. John Pierce, Professor at the University of California, San Diego, has begun to uncover the links between lifestyle factors and breast cancer outcomes. He believes he has found a culprit: inflammation. Learn more >> 

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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.

2015 Komen Central Virginia Ride for the Cure®: Saturday, September 26 - registration opening soon

10th Annual Survivor Celebration: Save the Date - Saturday, October 3


Capitol 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.

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 $24,000 to Komen Central Virginia.

Hanover Property Services: Through September 2015, Hanover Property Services will donate a minimum 1% of all proceeds to Komen Central Virginia.

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!

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 $73 million for Susan G. Komen®. Click here for a list of local Rally events.

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Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen®
1433 Johnston Willis Drive, Richmond, VA 23235

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