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Several of us recently returned from the annual Komen Leadership Conference held in Dallas. We love this meeting each year because we have the opportunity to share ideas and inspiration with other Komen leaders throughout the U.S. and the world. Even better, we are given insight into the advances in science made possible by Komen funded research. This is research YOU help fund with your contributions to Komen Central Virginia. We were humbled to share conversations and meals with some of the greatest researchers in the country who have developed drugs and treatment protocols that have saved lives, maybe even your life or the life of someone you love.

This year, we were reminded that 100% of the donations you make to us benefit our community. We often talk about how 75% of your gift is used for local community grants to provide screenings and other services for our underserved neighbors. Another part of the story, one that we don’t talk about enough, is how the remaining dollars are donated to research that has resulted in advances in science, which are allowing women and men with a breast cancer diagnosis to have more options for treatments and more optimistic outcomes. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 30 years, this research has impacted YOU.

So thank you for what YOU are doing to make this possible. We heard over and over from each researcher at the conference that without continued Komen funding, the work they are doing would come to a halt. But with continued support from our community, the ability to better manage and cure breast cancer is getting closer every day.

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Grant Applicant Open House

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The Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® is proud to announce the availability of grant funds for fiscal year 2016. Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions serving the communities in our Affiliate service area are eligible
for funding. Applications are being accepted for community grants up to $40,000 to support local
breast cancer and breast health programs.

To be eligible for review, applications must be submitted online through the Grants Electronic Management System (GeMS) by 12:00 noon on Thursday, August 27, 2015. To learn more about the Central Virginia Affiliate Grant program, we invite you to visit the grants section of our website or stop by our office during the Grant Applicant Open House on Wednesday, July 22 between 10:00 a.m. and
4:00 p.m
. Komen staff will be available throughout the day to provide information about grant program guidelines and tutorials for the electronic application system. To register for the Open House, click here.

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Behind the Science: Dr. Neil Spector, MD

Neil Spector“Physicians are not there just to prescribe chemotherapy and order fancy tests, but to really get to know people. I don’t think you can really take care of someone without finding out who he or she is.“ – Dr. Neil Spector, MD

Dr. Neil L. Spector, MD, a Komen Scholar we had the pleasure to meet at Komen Leadership Conference in Dallas last month, is the Sandra Coates Associate Professor Breast Cancer Research, Department of Medicine as well as the Associate Director of Clinical Breast Cancer Research at the Duke Cancer Institute. This is his story.

We often talk about the “fight against cancer” and of “winning battles against cancer.” In these terms, Neil Spector is a gladiator. In his career as a researcher and clinician, he has strived to bring treatments to breast cancer patients on every front: he broke through conventional thinking to bring new treatment options to the arsenal of breast cancer drugs, fought naysayers to include rare subtypes in clinical trials, and worked to develop collaborations that helped transform laboratory successes into real therapies for patients. And he did all of this while fighting for his own life. Learn more >> 

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Now Inviting Applications for the Komen Teen Advisory Board 2015-2016

Komen Central VA Teen Advisory Board

What does it mean to be a Komen Teen Advisory Board Member?

The Komen Teen Advisory Board offers Central Virginia teens an opportunity to serve our community in a fun and meaningful way. KTAB members are representatives in their schools and communities across Central Virginia who join together to build relationships, demonstrate leadership, and become part of a powerful movement in the fight to end breast cancer forever. United by our passion for the mission of Komen Central Virginia, KTAB members are a dynamic group of teens who create and organize initiatives throughout the year, including local Pink Out events, fundraisers, and their own signature event, the In Color Station, at Komen Central Virginia Race For the Cure®.

New this year, teens are invited to complete an online membership application beginning July 2015 in preparation for the KTAB Leadership Retreat in August.

Are you interested in serving on the Komen Teen Advisory Board? Complete your Membership Application today!

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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

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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1433 Johnston Willis Drive, Richmond, VA 23235

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