You Save Lives. Thank you!

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If anyone knows the importance and impact a volunteer makes it’s YOU!

Over the past 25 years, you helped save lives by volunteering for the Race for the Cure and we cannot thank you enough. We know your time could be spent anywhere and you chose us. Every volunteer has a story about why they volunteer for Komen Kansas City and your story gives another person hope.

Today, we have a BIG ASK of you. We are 7 weeks away from Race for the Cure on Saturday, October 6, 2018, and we need more volunteers — just like YOU.

If YOU ARE currently registered to volunteer — thank you. Would you please consider bringing a few friends with you this year? Because we all know more fun is had with friends.

If YOU ARE NOT currently registered to volunteer — we would love to have you back in one of our many roles as a volunteer during race week. You know how hectic it can be and we are not able to save lives without the generosity and kind hearts of our volunteers.

During race week, the following days need volunteers — just click on the link to find a spot for your name:

  • Saturday, September 30 (Various shifts scheduled from 10A to 2P at the Komen KC offices) Click Here to Volunteer!
  • Wednesday, October 3 (Various shifts scheduled from 10A to 7P at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Leawood) Click Here to Volunteer!
  • Thursday, October 4 (Various shifts scheduled from 10A to 7P at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Lee’s Summit) Click Here to Volunteer!
  • Friday, October 5 (Various shifts scheduled from 10A to 7P at Dick’s Sporting Goods at Zona Rosa) Click Here to Volunteer!
  • Friday, October 5 (Various shifts scheduled from 12P to 9P at the Komen KC offices and at the Race site, Black & Veatch in OPKS) Click Here to Volunteer!
  • Saturday, October 6 (Various shifts scheduled from 7A to 9P at the Race site, Black & Veatch in OPKS) Click Here to Volunteer!

It does matter if you picked up 1 bottle of water or 100 bottles of water, your time given helped save a life and every year, we need nearly 700 volunteers to make the race a success.

And here is what we know — volunteers on the same mission who join forces are the strongest and make the biggest impact.

  • To see our entire list of volunteer opportunities for Race for the Cure Click Here!

We look forward to seeing you during race week, helping Kansas City to save lives and ending breast cancer together.

Sang & Paula

Sang Thi Duong & Paula Hoffman
2018 Race for the Cure Co-Chairmen
Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City

For more information on Race for the Cure go to www.komenkcrace.org!

Susan G. Komen-Funded Research Reveals How Obesity Impacts Breast Cancer Treatment and Patient Outcomes

Dallas – July 26, 2018 – Susan G. Komen®, the world’s largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research, today hailed work led by Komen researcher Dr. Elizabeth Wellberg and team at the University of Colorado Cancer Center which sheds new light on how obesity can negatively impact treatment and lead to poorer outcomes for postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor (ER+) breast cancer.

This new laboratory research, published today in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, shows that obesity promotes the way ER+ tumors progress and become resistant to endocrine therapy through a protein called FGFR1. Though more research is needed, targeting FGFR1 could help reverse the negative effects that obesity has on treatment response, ultimately improving survival for ER+ breast cancer patients who may be overweight or obese at the time of treatment.

“Dr. Wellberg’s work shows us that to deliver effective breast cancer treatment and improve outcomes, it’s important to look at the full picture of a patient’s health, and not just the characteristics of their tumor,” said Victoria Wolodzko, SVP of Mission at Komen. “This work not only provides a treatment target (in FGFR1) which may someday help women and men facing ER+ breast cancer but supports a growing body of evidence that weight loss could play a critical role in breast cancer treatment in the future.”

“Dr. Wellberg exemplifies why Komen continues to invest in early career breast cancer researchers with promising ideas that will help us achieve our goal of reducing the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by half by 2026,” said Wolodzko.

To date, Komen has invested more than $956 million in breakthrough breast cancer research – the largest nonprofit breast cancer research investment outside of the U.S. government. Read more about this groundbreaking research from the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

About Susan G. Komen®
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $956 million in research and provided more than $2.1 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 60 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. That promise has become Komen’s promise to all people facing breast cancer. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.