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The Komen Promise
To save lives and end breast cancer forever.

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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 2017 Komen Central Virginia Race for the Cure® - Our 20th!

For the past 19 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.

Register by January 31 with discount code EARLYBIRD for $10 off your registration.

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 13.

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Race Team Captains are More Than Pink

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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.

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.

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A Perfect Storm:
Highlighting Breast Cancer Disparities Among African-American Women

young african american womanOverall, white women are slightly more likely to get breast cancer, but African-American women are more likely to die from it. In fact, breast cancer mortality (death) is roughly 40 percent higher in African-American women than in white women. But why?

Even looking at mortality rates – which have decreased for all women in the U.S. since 1990 – the decrease began earlier and is greater for white women than for African-American women. A recent review of many scientific studies, led by Komen researcher Dr. Funmi Olopade of the University of Chicago and her colleague Dr. Robert Daly, explores the reasons behind these disparities and some possible solutions.  

Drs. Olopade and Daly argue that tumor biology and genomics, along with differences in the patterns of care African-American women receive, including delays, misuse, and underuse of breast cancer treatment, lead to this higher mortality rate for African-American women. They also look at possible interventions to close this disparity gap. Find out more in this new reader-friendly article and learn how Komen is working to save lives and ensure every person has access to high-quality breast cancer care.
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 2017 January - Volunteer Spotlight - Kai Sommer

Over the years, Kai Sommer has known many whose lives were impacted by breast cancer and other cancers. He had a desire to help for some time, and after losing his father to lung cancer in 2014, Kai knew he needed to act. "I’m a father of two daughters and my life has been so positively influenced by many remarkable women. Combating breast cancer - which effects such a disproportionate number of women – is where I wanted to focus my energies,” says Kai. A CPA, Kai joined the Komen Central Virginia Board of Directors two years ago and has served as the chair of its Finance Committee.

Komen is the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding in the fight against breast cancer and through volunteering, Kai feels more connected to some of the incredible research that is going on today. “With so many talented and creative researchers approaching the disease from so many different angles – and with so many new technological advances and ways to share information - it truly feels like we’re on the verge of a major breakthrough.”

Kai also is inspired by Komen Central Virginia’s local impact – where 75% of its mission dollars are spent. He recalls running his first Race for the Cure in downtown Richmond, “As I crossed the Manchester Bridge and looked back at literally thousands of other runners – a river of pink as far as I could see – it hit home how many lives we’re impacting. I’m so proud of the work we do.”

Kai adds, “Of all my experiences at Komen though, what has perhaps affected me most profoundly has been meeting the survivors and their families – and those currently undergoing treatment. These are mostly ‘everyday’ people who have suddenly found themselves fighting for their very lives. I’m so humbled by the courage, love, and grace I’ve seen here.”

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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.

 2017 February - University of Richmond

University of Richmond - Spiders for the Cure: The University of Richmond is once again hosting Spiders for the Cure in partnership with Komen Central Virginia. Come cheer on the Spiders as they play Rhode Island on Wednesday, January 25 at 8:00 PM.

Be sure to stop by the Komen booth to chat with Komen Volunteers, pick up educational materials or make a donation to win a signed Spider basketball. Make sure to wear pink!

Tickets for $5 may be purchased at RichmondSpiders.com/Promo with code CEDARFIELD or by calling the Robins Center Ticket Office at
1-8777-SPIDER-1.

ONGOING LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS

2014 Capitol Clothing Recyclers - Clothing for the Cure
Capital 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. To date, Capital Clothing Recyclers has donated over $31,000 to Komen Central Virginia.
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 $35,000 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.
 AmazonSmile AmazonSmile: Are you are an avid Amazon shopper? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Komen Central Virginia every time you shop with Amazon, at no cost to you. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. All you have to do is shop Amazon from this link http://bit.ly/CentralVASmile.

ONGOING NATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

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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 $7 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 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 $77 million for Susan G. Komen®. Click here for a full list of local Rally events.

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 million to Komen. Click here for complete information on local Fit for the Cure events. 

MORE THAN PINK  PARTNERS 

The MORE THAN PINK™ movement, which kicked off in October 2016, is a series of initiatives that celebrate the heroes who have made a significant impact in the fight to end breast cancer.

The movement is supported by American Airlines, Bank of America, Condé Nast, Simon Property Group, and WWE, who together have raised more than $100 million on behalf of Komen since 1982.

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