Jernigan continues prominent role on national advisory board for Susan G. Komen

Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City is proud to continue local representation on the Susan G. Komen Scientific Advisory Board (SAB): Cheryl Jernigan, CPA, FACHE. Jernigan also serves on the Komen Kansas City Board of Directors. Her focus continues to be on patient and research advocacy; clinical trials, clinical data research; big data (BD4BC); and cancer prevention. Jernigan is also a 21-year breast cancer survivor and one of the leading team captains (based on dollars raised) for the local Race for the Cure.

Cheryl Jernigan - Mission Advisors Roster FY18_Page_1She was previously CEO of the Kansas City Area Hospital Association, and has over 20 years of experience in health policy, advocacy and community/national leadership on behalf of hospitals. She is Chair of the Breast Cancer Prevention Center’s Advocate Advisory Board for The University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Hospital, and she is the Lead Advocate of Patient & Investigator Voices Organizing Together (PIVOT), a new University of Kansas Cancer Center initiative. Jernigan is a founding and current board member and Chair of the Strategic Mission Committee of the Greater Kansas City Komen Affiliate, and a member of the Steering Committee of Komen’s Advocates In Science program. An active research advocate, Jernigan is a member of many clinical trial initiatives, including the National Cancer Institute’s Central Institutional Review Board for Adult Late Phase Clinical Trials. Jernigan is also one of the experts involved with Komen’s big data initiative.

In addition to Jernigan, the Greater Kansas City community is fortunate to be the home of Komen Scholar Danny Welch, PHDProfessor and Chair, Adjunct faculty of Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology. Welch, a researcher at the University of Kansas Medical Center, focuses on laboratory and translational research; metastasis; as well as mitochondrial genetics and mutations that lead to breast cancer. Welch is also a multi-year recipient of Komen Promise Grant dollars for his work on metastasis.

Click here to see a full list of the 2017-2018 Komen Mission Advisors..

Komen’s Mission Advisors

Komen’s Mission Advisors are the best and brightest researchers, clinicians, advocates & other experts who guide/help implement our mission programs.

Thanks to their efforts, we’re driving discovery, affecting change & accelerating progress in the fight against breast cancer.

The Scientific Advisory Board are providing strategic guidance for our research & scientific programs. They play a key role in prioritizing our global research investment. The SAB is led by the chief scientific advisors & acts as the executive committee of the Komen Scholars.

The Komen Scholars (KS) are an international group that has a wide range of expertise (clinical & laboratory research, surgery, pathology, prevention, disparities, radiation   oncology & other specialties).

They contribute in many ways to Komen’s mission programs & other activities/events with primary responsibility for leading & reviewing during Komen’s scientific peer review process. KS serve as ambassadors & experts in our communities and across the Affiliate Network.

Several of the KS are Advocates in Science who ensure that the unique perspectives of those affected by breast cancer are fully integrated in our decisions at every step of the research process.

Thank you for working to save lives & end breast cancer forever!



October has come to end and we’re thrilled at the support we’ve received as we work together towards a world without breast cancer.

But even though National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is over, our fight to save lives continues.

This is not a one day, one week or even one month effort – It takes a year round focus on screenings, education, awareness, treatment, advocacy and research to attack this disease on all fronts. Our work is not done until this becomes a treatable illness and no one dies from breast cancer.

Having said that, October is still necessary. NBCAM and all of the focus on this disease is critical to our work and ultimately needed if we want to achieve our bold goal of reducing breast cancer deaths by 50% over the next 10 years or sooner!


Because of the national spotlight on breast cancer last month we saw the following:

– More than $115,000 raised via 49 events to support our efforts locally as well
as cutting edge research (Click here to host your own event)

69 pieces of original breast cancer educational content shared via our Website,
blog and social media (Click here to see our NBCAM content)

3,000+ individuals participating in the Worship in Pink program through their
places of worship (See how you can organize your own event)

– The launch of our Rock the Ribbon II benefit concert featuring Barenaked
Ladies on January 13, 2017 (Check out the fun at

Kansas City, Missouri City Council and Mayor Sly James proclaiming October 13 as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

– The State of Missouri and Governor Jay Nixon proclaiming October as Breast
Cancer Awareness Month

– Komen KC participated in 49 events held to raise awareness and provide
education and support for the breast cancer community

– Numerous Kansas City landmarks bathed in pink lights to recognize National
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (See selected photos here)

– More than 3,000 Pink KC Heart shirts sold (benefiting Komen KC) and four
survivor videos created by Charlie Hustle (Click here to see highlights)

Another important event took place at the beginning of October: our MORE THAN
PINK platform was launched and has been woven into everything we do!

MORE THAN PINK is about taking breast cancer awareness and turning it into action! It’s one thing to talk about a cause; it’s another to do something about it.

We want more doing. We want you to Act . Donate . Get Involved .
We’re not one’s to get lost in a crowd of pink. Pink isn’t always as pretty as it sounds.

And the one thing is, We are more than just a color.


Watch for more information on how you can take the #MoreThanPink pledge and show how you are taking awareness and turning it into action.

On behalf of those we serve we thank you for your continued support of Susan G. Komen and the work we do locally and throughout the country.

Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City

Angela Figus-Miratsky                            Carli Good, MSW
President, Board of Directors                   Executive Director