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Think Pink and Get Screened

Running Ribbon 96x96It’s October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when we pause to celebrate breast cancer survivors, remember those we have lost, and double our efforts to let others know the importance of breast health and early detection. Since we began using the color pink 30 years ago to bring us together in the fight to end breast cancer, the five-year relative survival rate for early stage breast cancer (cancer that has not spread beyond the breast) has increased from 74 to 99 percent.

While much progress has been made, women in the United States still  have a "1 in 8” (or about 12 percent) lifetime risk of getting breast cancer. We hope you will join us in becoming Breast Self-Aware - knowing your risk, getting screened, knowing what is normal for you, and making healthy lifestyle choices.

Komen also has a great tool to help you take charge of your health. Complete this simple form and each year on the date you choose, you will receive a reminder to schedule your mammogram or clinical breast exam. By taking this simple step, you may lower your risk of dying from breast cancer!

Grantee Spotlight:  Augusta Regional

2012 October - Augusta RegionalWith the help of Komen funding, 350 women in Augusta County will receive medical and clinical breast exams this year, while 1,500 new eligible women will receive much-needed preventive care and education. The Recognition-Accountability-Coordination-Education (RACE) program focuses on Recognition among targeted patient population for the need of regular preventive care; Accountability of each patient to be actively responsible for medical appointments and mammograms; Coordination of patient medical appointments and mammograms; and breast cancer Education to the currently underserved at-risk population. Augusta Regional Free Clinic grant program serves low income, uninsured women aged 40-64 residing in Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County. Learn more »

Volunteer Spotlight:  Evelyn Brooks

2012 October - Evelyn Brooks

Evelyn Brooks wanted to get involved with Komen because she thought it was important to let people know where they can get information on breast cancer. Because, Evelyn says, “Komen provides the best breast cancer information available.” As a six year breast cancer survivor, Evelyn knows best where to get answers to questions about diagnosis and treatment.  Learn more »

Breast Cancer Awareness Month PINK Events 

We are fortunate to have many community partners who plan “pink” events in October. Some events educate and raise awareness, some raise money to support our cause, but most do both. We are grateful for each and every one. As a grassroots organization, we depend on your support so we can continue funding local organizations who provide education, screening, and treatment to the uninsured and underinsured in our community. 

Click here for more information about each event listed below.

  • Baker's Crust - Color Me Caring
    September 1 to November 15
  • Cha Cha's Cantina & The Lucky Buddha - Pink Ghost Boo-Bies the month of October & Save the Boo-Bies Celebration on October 18
  • K&B Tattoing - Ink for the Pink
    the month of October
  • Nail Theory
    the month of October
  • Not Your Daughter's Jeans and Dillard's
    October 7 to 13
  • Quaker Steak & Lube - Chicken for Charity
    Thursdays in October
  • River City Charities - 6th Annual Pink Tie Gala
    October 20
  • Spring Arbor of Salisbury - Fall Fashion Show
    October 18
  • The Tobacco Company - Pink Carpet Affair
    October 11
  • Wacoal - Fit for the Cure
    October 25 and 26

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Help Us Keep the Promise! 

Last year, Komen Central Virginia grants totaling $587,944 funded 3,810 clinical breast exams, 1,992 mammograms, 267 diagnostics procedures, and many other treatments and services. In addition, we invested $217,568 in breast cancer research through Komen’s National Research Grant Program.

Help Us Keep the Komen Promise by making a tax-deductible gift to the 2012 Komen Central Virginia Annual Fund that will help ensure the uninsured and underinsured in our community will not go without critical breast health services. Give now. 

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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. 

Interested In Becoming a Komen Educator?

Join us for Komen Educator training on Tuesday, October 30 at 5:30 p.m. Click here for more information or to register.

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The Survivorship Journey:  A Conference for Cancer Survivors and Their Caregivers
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Saturday, November 3 from 9 AM to 3 PM

A joyful and free event! Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Conference participants will also be able to enjoy the botanical gardens during the day. For more information, contact Jaime Strohhacker at jaime@vbcf.org or 804-285-1200. Click here to register.

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Now Accepting College Scholarship Applications 

Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is accepting applications for college scholarships through October 15. The $10,000/year scholarships are designed to aid students who would find attending college to be a significant financial burden due to the loss of a parent or guardian to breast cancer or their own breast cancer diagnosis at age 25 or younger. Let your college-bound friends and family know!



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1433 Johnston Willis Drive, Richmond, VA 23235

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