Wow! As we look back on the last few weeks, we cannot begin to express the awe and gratitude we feel for the tremendous support you have demonstrated during Breast Cancer Awareness season. When we think about it, we are quite overwhelmed.
Dozens of businesses, school groups, civic organizations, and individuals have organized fundraising and awareness events. Large or small, each effort is precious and valuable to our efforts. You are indeed our Community Partners (see list of Community Partners in the pink sidebar).
In addition to fundraising, we have had volunteers out in the community manning education tables and passing out many thousands of pieces of educational literature – all to raise awareness and promote early detection. Our team of volunteer Educators has been indispensable over the past few weeks. You are much appreciated!
You have made it possible for us to fund 13 grants totaling over $587,000 throughout Central Virginia that provide education, screening and treatment to your communities. We are also able to make a significant contribution to Komen National research grants, which will one day find the cures.
Komen has always been a grassroots organization and you are our grassroots army in the fight against breast cancer. It only works because of your tremendous efforts, but you continue to surprise us year after year with your creativity, commitment, and hard work. It doesn’t seem like enough to say, but THANK YOU!
Grantee Spotlight: CrossOver Ministry, Richmond
The “Breast Health Initiative“ improves access to breast health services for 2,000 low income, uninsured women in the Richmond area by providing breast cancer screenings, culturally competent treatment for breast conditions, and breast cancer education. CrossOver hopes that their project will inform patients about the importance of regular breast exams and discourage them from skipping important breast health screenings. Komen Central Virginia is proud to partner with CrossOver in providing critical breast health services and education to women in our community.
For more information about the program contact Julie Bilodeau at email@example.com or 804-426-7710. To learn more about CrossOver Health Ministry, visit www.crossoverministry.org.
To read about all of the community organizations that are currently providing breast health services or education with Central Virginia Komen funding, click here.
Volunteer Spotlight: Lynn Lewis
Prior to her involvement with Komen Central Virginia, Lynn Lewis had experienced some abnormal mammograms and minor surgeries. Thankfully, the results were benign, but the experience raised her awareness of the importance of breast health. In 2008, Lynn signed up for her first Race for the Cure at a community health fair thinking that was the least she could do to support the cause. Since then, she has continued to participate in the Race, volunteered as a Komen Educator at health fairs, and served as a training facilitator and speaker at many community events. As a member of the Affiliate Education/Volunteer Committee, Lynn has taken on the responsibility for recognizing the members of our large and invaluable volunteer corps.
Lynn says that her commitment to Komen and the fight against breast cancer is a wonderful avenue for her to fulfill her life’s mission of helping women by showing them empathy, encouragement, and inspiration. She especially “enjoys assisting with training new volunteers and engaging the guests who visit Komen information stations at community outings.” Lynn claims that her personal goal is to “get more men and African American women involved.” Komen Central Virginia is grateful to Lynn for her dedication to making a difference in the lives of others. We are also thankful for her husband and biggest supporter – Keith - one of our favorite KoMen!
Rally for the Cure®
Rally for the Cure® is an awareness program that provides a simple platform for people to educate their friends, family and community about breast health and breast cancer. These volunteer organized golf, tennis and social events have communicated the important message that early detection saves lives and have generated over $60 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® since 1996.
More information about the program is available on the Rally for the Cure® website. Or call 800-327-6811 to learn how Rally staff can help you plan your event.
Calling All Komen Educators
Are you a trained Komen Educator? We need your help to staff several events. Click here to view our current needs.
A Special Thank You to Our Breast Cancer Awareness Month Community Partners!
Blue Star Colts
Captain Kirk's Tattoos
Cha Cha's Cantina
Colonial Heights Fire and Police
Cox Media Group Richmond
Deep Run High School
Dixie Gas & Oil Corporation
Dominion Women's Health Inc.
Farmington Country Club
Hermitage High School
Ingleside Resort Country Club
Jason L. Bomgardner Pumpkin Sales
JMU Students for Minority Outreach
Lake Monticello Golf Course
Lee Davis High School
The Lucky Buddha
Manchester High School
Quaker Steak & Lube
Quality DME, Inc.
Richmond Times Dispatch
River City Charities
Spring Arbor of Salisbury
Stacie Page Event
Stafford High School
Stop In Food Stores
Swift Creek Middle School
The Tobacco Company
Victoria Park Apartments
Virginia Center Commons
Walker-Grant Middle School
Kool CrAzE will perform a concert to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for Komen Central Virginia. The concert will be held at the Salem Fields Community Church on November 30 from 6 to 9 PM. Admission is a minimum $1 donation.