Committed to the fight against breast cancer locally, statewide and in Washington, DC!

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Today, more than 250 Susan G. Komen advocates from across the country are coming together with one voice to call on federal legislators to support funding and policies that improve the lives for those impacted by breast cancer. We will be holding hundreds of meetings asking legislators to:

  • Preserve women’s access to breast cancer screening and diagnostic services by funding the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program at $275 million in the FY20 budgets;
  • Make biomedical research an unwavering national priority by increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health in the FY20 budget;
  • Support legislation that increases access to medically-necessary diagnostic breast imaging by reducing out-of-pocket costs for patients; and
  • Ensure breast cancer patients can access the treatments they need to save their lives by becoming a cosponsor of the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, H.R.1730/S.741.

Even if you are unable to be in D.C., you can make your voice heard today. Echo our message and reach out to your lawmakers now!

After you send letters to your legislators, help spread the word by asking your friends and family to join you in support of these vital policies. Thank you for continuing to join us in this important fight!

Sincerely,

Susan G. Komen Kansas & Western Missouri
Susan G. Komen Advocacy
Susan G. KOmen

Amy Patel Named 2019 Biggest BigWig

Dr. Amy Patel was named Biggest BigWig at the 2019 Susan G. Komen Kansas & Western Missouri BigWigs Happy Hour Celebration last week. Patel was one of six inaugural BigWigs crowdfunding to support the lifesaving work done by Susan G. Komen. She raised more than $4,800 as part of the affiliate-wide campaign that generated nearly $40,000 between Giving Tuesday & February 21, 2019.

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“I feel so honored and honestly, just grateful to all of those who contributed to my campaign,” Patel said during the Happy Hour at Boulevard Brewing Company. “The reason (I wanted to serve) is simple; I live this every day. As a breast radiologist, I see the struggles women are facing in this part of the state with access to care, including financial disparities, transportation issues, and numerous other challenges which leads to either no evaluation or evaluation when breast cancer has already progressed when we could have detected and treated it early.” Patel was joined by friends, family members and colleagues from Liberty Hospital where she works as the Medical Director of Liberty Hospital Women’s Imaging

“Our goal was to collect a group of women and men dedicated to raising critical funds to support the work we do at Komen,” said Maddison Watkins, Director of Community Outreach. “Amy took on that challenge and exceeded our goals with her energy, tenacity, and results. Our BigWigs shined bright as they served as ambassadors for the work we do at Komen. They involvement was engaging and connected us to many others who hadn’t previously been involved with our organization,” she added.

Funds will still be collected through March 31, 2019, to support the BigWigs campaign. To see all six BigWigs and read about their “Why?” click here.

“It’s so crucial to support organizations like Komen in our fight because honestly, many women’s lives literally depend on it. I was proud to be a part of such an incredible campaign, and I encourage you to spread our message in the community as we continue to work tirelessly towards saving the most lives,” Patel said from the podium after receiving her award.

Watkins said funds raised during the BigWigs campaign will enhance their existing community grants program, support funding for their mobile mammography partnership with Diagnostic Imaging Centers, and will serve to enhance education and awareness efforts throughout Western Missouri and all of Kansas.

The 2019 BigWigs Happy Hour Celebration was the first event hosted by the newly merged Komen Kansas & Western Missouri. Komen Greater Kansas City & Komen Kansas merged efforts last fall to maximize efficiencies and minimize overhead as they worked to reduce breast cancer mortality by 50%.

For more about the new Komen Kansas & Western Missouri go to komenkswmo.org.