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Walk with Me
My Story of Faith, Fortitude, and Choosing a Grateful Heart

Hello friends,

2016 March - Kristin HarrisIf the title of this new blog series piqued your interest or spoke to your heart, welcome.

I am Kristin Harris, Executive Director of Komen Central Virginia, but this series is a personal one. At the encouragement of my Komen colleagues, family, and friends, I am endeavoring to pen a heartfelt response here to two of the most frequent questions I receive in both my professional and personal life:

“You must hear some powerful stories in your work. Which ones stand out to you?”

And the big one:  “What is it really like to live with metastatic breast cancer every day?”

So here it is -- my original account of the most inspiring moments in the work we do every day at Susan G. Komen in our mission to save lives from breast cancer. And an honest, authentic reflection of my day-to-day experience living with metastatic breast cancer. Our hope is that my story – our stories – will touch your heart, lift your spirit, offer you courage, or bring you peace. With tales of trial and triumph, we embark on this journey together. Come, dear friends…

Walk with me.

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Why We Fundraise

The statistics are staggering...

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But we can fight these statistics together by fundraising for the Race for the Cure®. We need your help to make the biggest impact possible against breast cancer by raising funds for breast cancer screenings, treatment, and education programs that save lives in our community and also fuel national research programs.

Fundraising is easy with online fundraising tools and social media. When you register for the Race, you automatically receive your own fundraising website, which can be personalized. Your personal Fundraising Center is your starting point for spreading the word and maximizing your fundraising impact. And our Facebook app is a quick and easy way to ask your family and friends to support your efforts.

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Our Race is your opportunity to turn your support for the breast cancer movement into action. Prove that you are More Than Pink™, and help us end breast cancer forever.

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dr. billy - komen conversationsThanks to the incredible generosity of our Survivor Sponsor Bon Secours Health System, in February, we launched our exciting new educational series, "Komen Conversations." With four programs planned in 2018, we are thrilled to provide survivors, co-survivors, health care professionals, and those at risk for breast cancer an opportunity to connect and share in this important conversation about their unique needs and concerns.

Dr. Billy Irvin, MD, Medical Director of Medical Oncology, Virginia and the Director of Clinical Research for the Bon Secours Cancer Institute, helped us launch the series by presenting on “Long-term and Late Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment.” Thank you to all our attendees for joining us for this inaugural program and for your wonderful feedback. In the words of one attendee, "I loved all the information. Dr. Irvin was super-approachable and helpful."

We would like to say a special thanks to the Komen Central Virginia Survivor Committee for hosting the event, Jason's Deli at Willow Lawn for providing complimentary boxed lunches, and of course, Bon Secours Health Systems and Dr. Irvin for making this event possible.

We hope to see you at the next "Komen Conversations" to discuss "Nutrition for Survivors" with Laura Watkins, RD, on Friday, April 20. Reserve your seat today!

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Join Us in the Fight - Volunteer at the Race for the Cure®

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The Komen Central Virginia Race for the Cure® is made possible by our incredible volunteers. These passionate individuals go beyond simply supporting our cause; they get out there and make this important fundraising event a success. Our volunteers truly are More Than Pink.

Join us as a volunteer for Race for the Cure®! Show your passion for the breast cancer cause and take action. Prove that you too are More Than Pink. We welcome any and all fun-loving, enthusiastic, hard-working, and reliable individuals who are willing to contribute to the success of this important event.

Read about all of our current volunteer needs here.

Event Date Location Sign Up
Race for the Cure®
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May 10-11
various shifts

Richmond Ford Lincoln
4600 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA  23230
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21st Annual
Race for the Cure®
 May 12
various shifts
Brown's Island
7th and Tredegar Streets
Richmond, VA 23219
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Want to have a year-round volunteer presence at Komen? Fill out a volunteer application and stay up to date on all of our opportunities.

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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 to learn more about fundraising for Komen.

 pink sparkling drinks Survivor Meetup: Thursday, March 15
The Komen Central Virginia Survivor Committee invites you to join them on Thursday, March 15 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at The Shaved Duck Restaurant (15408 Westchester Commons Way, Midlothian, VA  23112) for a social event where breast cancer survivors can come together in a relaxed environment to meet, laugh, and have fun while comparing stories and supporting each other.
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Komen Conversations: Friday, April 20
Sign up now for the upcoming "Komen Conversations” Lunch & Learn on Friday, April 20 from noon to 1:30 PM featuring Laura Watkins, RD CSO CNSC / Oncology Dietitian, who will present on “Nutrition for Survivors.” Complimentary lunch will be provided for those who RSVP by Wednesday, April 18.

Our goal with Komen Conversations is to 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!

Come meet fellow survivors and engage in thoughtful conversation.

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Join us on Saturday, May 12 for the 21st Annual Komen Central Virginia Race for the Cure®. It's more than just a 5K. It's our community coming together to end breast cancer. Together, we will raise awareness of breast cancer, celebrate survivors, and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease.

Register today!
2018 pink & black tie affair 2018 Pink and Black Tie Affair: Saturday, October 13
Save the Date for the 2018 Pink and Black Tie Affair on Saturday, October 13 hosted by the Shirley A. Leonard Foundation. Proceeds from the event benefit Susan G. Komen Central Virginia. Tickets will go on sale in July.

ONGOING LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS

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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 $40,000 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®: This year marks the 18th anniversary of Wacoal’s Fit for the Cure® program benefiting Susan G. Komen®! For every woman who gets a professional bra fitting at an event, Wacoal will donate $2 to Komen (no purchase necessary). Wacoal will also donate $2 to Komen for every Wacoal bra, shapewear item or b.tempt’d bra purchased at these events. Together with all other promotions conducted by Wacoal, Wacoal will donate an aggregate guaranteed minimum donation of $250,000.00 in 2018 to support Komen’s National Treatment Assistance program and other local community health programs. For more information and to find an event near you: http://ow.ly/s8JP30i1xsI.

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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