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You can't end breast cancer by sitting on the sidelines! That's why we need you to register today for the 2018 Komen Central Virginia Race for the Cure®!

For the past 20 years, families and friends have been coming together for our Race to show the world that we can conquer this disease. We’re making real progress and making a real impact in the lives of women living in Central Virginia. Help us keep that momentum going.

Whether you walk, run or just enjoy the fresh air and celebratory atmosphere, the Komen Central Virginia Race for the Cure is a beautiful way to spend the morning, and we would love to see you there on Saturday, May 12.

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February is American Heart Month, and what do heart health and breast cancer survivorship have in common? Join us on Friday, February 16 to find out!

Thanks to the generosity of our Survivor Sponsor Bon Secours Health System, Komen Central Virginia is excited to introduce “Komen Conversations,” an educational series tailored to the unique needs and concerns of breast cancer survivors. Hosted by our own Komen Central Virginia Survivor Committee, each event will allow survivors, co-survivors, family members, and individuals at risk for developing breast cancer to hear from local experts from Bon Secours who will speak to topics relevant to the survivor experience, such as advancements in breast health care, long-term and late effects of treatment, nutrition for the breast cancer survivor, complimentary therapies, and more!

Please join us for our first “Komen Conversations” Lunch & Learn on  Friday, February 16 at noon at the Bon Secours Cancer Institute at St. Francis Medical Center, featuring Dr. Billy Irvin, MD, who will present on “Long-term and Late Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment.” Dr. Irvin is the Medical Director of Medical Oncology, Virginia and the Director of Clinical Research for the Bon Secours Cancer Institute. Complimentary box lunches will be provided.

Come meet fellow survivors and engage in thoughtful conversation. Reserve your seat today by calling (804) 320-1772 or emailing info@komencentralva.org.

What: “Komen Conversations” Lunch & Learn
When: Friday, February 16, 2018 at Noon
Where: Bon Secours Cancer Institute at St. Francis Medical Center
14051 St. Francis Boulevard
Midlothian, VA  23114

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The Importance of Clinical Trials
By Guest Contributor, Dr. William J. Irvin, Jr., M.D.

2018 William J. Irvin Jr. MD

Since the 1990s, deaths from breast cancer have decreased by nearly 40%. The reasons for this are (1) better screening (e.g., mammography) and (2) better treatments. A 40% decrease is good, but not good enough. Unfortunately, most metastatic disease (breast cancer that has spread to other organs) is treatable, but not curable in 2018, and 1 in 5 breast cancer patients will die of their breast cancer.

This is why research is key, and clinical trials are a critical resource in the discovery of new prevention, diagnostic, and treatment methods for cancer. Most of today’s most effective prevention and treatment modalities are based on previous clinical trial results. Clinical trials are an opportunity to provide “tomorrow’s treatment today.”

At Bon Secours, we are excited to be able to offer 13 different clinical trials in breast cancer alone, including 7 for triple negative breast cancer. Clinical trials are an important tool to try to reduce the risk of breast cancer returning, to improve the quality of life of our patients, and to treat metastatic disease.

For more information about clinical trials that may be of interest to you, please speak with your doctor, or visit www.clinicaltrials.gov or www.clinicaltrialsva.com.

William J. Irvin, Jr., M.D.
Medical Director, Medical Oncology, Virginia / Director of Clinical Research /
Bon Secours Virginia Health System / Bon Secours Cancer Institute

Board Member, Komen Central Virginia

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Our Race Teams are MORE THAN PINK™!

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You likely already have friends, coworkers, and family members who are passionate supporters of the breast cancer cause. Race for the Cure® is your chance to take action and show that you are all More Than Pink™! Form a team in honor or in memory of someone you know who has been impacted by breast cancer, or simply to help make a difference—together.

Our teams are the backbone of the Komen Central Virginia Race for the Cure. They make up over 60% of our Race participants and raise more than 80% of the Race donations. Our teams drive the fundraising that allows us to provide grant funding to local organizations where women in our community receive the services needed to detect and survive breast cancer and to fund breast cancer research that will find the cures.

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Make sure to check the list below for information about upcoming Komen activities and third party events and promotions. Click here to learn more about fundraising for Komen.

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Komen Conversations: Introducing "Komen Conversations" Presented by Survivor Sponsor Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Please join us for our first “Komen Conversations” Lunch & Learn on Friday, February 16, featuring Dr. Billy Irvin, MD, who will present on “Long-term and Late Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment.” Complimentary box lunches will be provided.

Come meet fellow survivors and engage in thoughtful conversation. Reserve your seat today by calling (804) 320-1772 or emailing info@komencentralva.org.

What: “Komen Conversations” Lunch & Learn
When: Friday, February 16, 2018 at Noon
Where: Bon Secours Cancer Institute at St. Francis Medical Center
14051 St. Francis Boulevard
Midlothian, VA  23114

ONGOING LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS

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 $39,000 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 over $25,000 to Komen Central Virginia.
Kroger Community Rewards **NEW** Kroger Community Rewards: Enroll in Kroger's Community Rewards' program and your shopping can benefit Komen Central Virginia. You can enroll your Kroger Plus Card in the program either online (at Kroger.com/communityrewards) or at the store (ask an employee to link your card the next time you're in the store). All you have to do is select Susan G. Komen Central Virginia (NPO #91312).

ONGOING NATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

2017 Bank of America

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 $8 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 using golf, tennis and other social programs to raise more than $80 million for Komen-funded breast cancer research and local breast cancer community programs nationwide. As of 2017, management of the Rally program operates from Susan G. Komen®’s national headquarters, located in Dallas, TX.

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 in connection with Fit for the Cure and other events in 2016. Since 1999, Wacoal has donated more than $4.6 million to Komen

Upcoming Wacoal Fit for the Cure® Events:

March 15 - Dillard's Short Pump Town Center, Richmond, VA
March 16 - Dillard's Stony Point Fashion Park, Richmond, VA
April 21 - Belk Spotsylvania Mall, Fredericksburg, VA
April 21 - Belk Charlottesville, Charlottesville, VA
April 21 - Belk Apple Blossom Mall, Winchester, VA

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