Komen St. Louis’ 2014 Health Professional of the Year: Theresa Taylor

Komen St. Louis is fortunate to work with so many dedicated health care professionals who deliver quality breast health and breast cancer services to individuals in our community.

Theresa Taylor (center) with Komen St. Louis Board Member Lillie Thomas and Executive Director Helen Chesnut

Theresa Taylor (center) with Komen St. Louis Board Member Lillie Thomas and Executive Director Helen Chesnut

At our Power of a Promise luncheon, we presented our 2014 Health Professional of the Year Award to one such dedicated person, Theresa Taylor.

Theresa is Outreach Coordinator at the Breast HealthCare Center at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

Theresa goes the extra mile to help as many women as she can make the connection to lifesaving breast health and breast cancer services. She does this figuratively and literally – driving many miles to make sure women in rural areas get the mammograms they need.

Theresa is a gentle voice of authority when speaking with a woman who is worried about “the lump” and has no insurance.

She is a two-time breast cancer survivor herself, the mother of two sons, and is training for her 4th Komen 3-Day walk event. Clearly, she has a personal commitment to the cause.

Congratulations and thank you, Theresa!

The Race Goes On!

Race_PostRace_banner_photo_2014Just one month ago, tens of thousands of people came together to Race for a World Without Breast Cancer at the 2014 Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure.

You can still make an impact in the local fight against breast cancer through post-Race registrations, donations and fundraising through July 31, 2014.

The more money raised means more mammograms, breast health education and breast cancer patient navigation in the greater St. Louis region.

With your help, we can help more individuals in our community gain access to quality breast health care.

Register, make a donation or fundraise to support the 2014 Komen St. Louis Race.

Komen St. Louis’ 2014 Young Philanthropist of the Year: Jessica Kuca

Our community benefits from so many individuals and groups who are dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. We’ve seen a lot of creative, personal ways to generate awareness and raise funds to help save lives and end breast cancer.

We are particularly inspired by the younger philanthropists among us who are making an impact in our mission so early in their lives.

Komen St. Louis Executive Director Helen Chesnut with Jessica Kuca, 2014 Young Philanthropist of the Year

Komen St. Louis Executive Director Helen Chesnut with Jessica Kuca, 2014 Young Philanthropist of the Year

At our 2014 Power of a Promise luncheon, we presented our 2014 Komen St. Louis Young Philanthropist Award to one dedicated young girl in our community, Jessica Kuca.

For the past six years, Jessica has organized a lemonade stand for charity, allocating part of the proceeds to Komen St. Louis.

Over these past six years, Jessica has raised nearly $8,500 for local breast health programs and breast cancer research funded by Komen St. Louis.

She is proof that you’re never too young to make a positive impact in your community.

Thank you, Jessica! (We love your sparkly pink dress and your sparkling personality!)

Komen St. Louis’ 2014 Volunteer of the Year: Kim Naumann

At Komen St. Louis, we truly appreciate our volunteers, who devote their time and their passion to the fight against breast cancer throughout the year.

The recipient of the 2014 Komen St. Louis Volunteer of the Year Award is someone who provides invaluable, year-round volunteer service.

Kim Naumann, Komen St. Louis' 2014 Volunteer of the Year

Kim Naumann, Komen St. Louis’ 2014 Volunteer of the Year

Kim Naumann began her involvement with our organization by participating in the second Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure and then forming a Race team the next year in support of a coworker.

A few years later, wanting to do more to support the Komen mission, she volunteered to contribute her particular skill sets.

Ever since then, she has served Komen St. Louis as our key website manager and IT volunteer.

In addition to helping us almost every day, Kim goes beyond this volunteer role by serving on committees for Komen St. Louis events, including the Race for the Cure Steering Committee, Spare Nothing for the Cure and Power of a Promise.

It was a pleasure to present this award to Kim at our 5th Annual Power of a Promise luncheon in May.

Thank you, Kim!

A Survivor’s Story: Lorry Blath

At the 16th Annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure on June 14, Lorry Blath was honored as the 2014 Honorary Team New Balance Member.

Kim Burns (left) of New Balance with Lorry Blath at the 2014 Komen St. Louis Race

Kim Burns (left) of New Balance with Lorry Blath at the 2014 Komen St. Louis Race

Nearly 11 years ago, Lorry was diagnosed with breast cancer. Once her treatment was completed, she thought she was done thinking about cancer. And then her daughter organized a team to fundraise and walk a Komen 3-Day event.

Two days prior to their first of four Komen 3-day, 60-mile walks, Lorry’s daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 35. Now, Lorry and her daughter are both breast cancer survivors.

“It’s complicated and emotional when one’s child is afflicted,” says Lorry. “This time, I didn’t want to be done with cancer; I wanted to act.”

So Lorry got involved in Susan G. Komen St. Louis’ Research Advocacy Committee, which is one of the only groups of its kind in the country.

Through the Komen St. Louis Research Advocacy Committee, “we learn the science of breast cancer, attend national breast cancer and oncology conferences, mentor others, hold workshops, organize community educational programs, sit on hospital Institutional Review Boards, collaborate with researchers on grants, and review Susan G. Komen and government grants,” explains Lorry.

Lorry has been co-chair of the committee for more than five years, and she continues to be motivated and inspired. She is making a positive impact in her community and beyond as an advocate for Komen.

Thank You for a Beautiful Day!

Race_PostRace_LargeBanner_2014On June 14, tens of thousands of people came together to Race for a World Without Breast Cancer at the 2014 Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure. What a beautiful day – from the perfect weather to the individuals, teams, survivors and supporters all united for one cause.

From the bottom of our hearts, we sincerely thank every participant, volunteer, donor and sponsor who helped make our 16th Race a success!

More than 30,000 registered participants helped us raise $1.6 million…and counting.

Seventy-five percent of these net funds will be invested in our community through grants to local organizations providing breast health services to our underserved neighbors. And the remaining 25 percent will be invested in groundbreaking breast cancer research.

You can still make an impact in the local fight against breast cancer through post-Race registration, donations and fundraising through July 31.

Top 10 Reasons to Dine Out for the Cure on June 12

DineOut_Sauce_webbanner_2014Guest Writer: Diana Haynes, Komen St. Louis Intern

10. You Have to Eat Anyway
So you already need to eat anyway, right? You might as well stop by one of the many participating restaurants in your area. The price you would normally spend stays the same. The only difference is part of your bill will go toward lifesaving breast health programs in the St. Louis region, plus vital breast cancer research. The best part is you don’t even have to cook or clean up!

9. You Can Save Someone’s Life
When you dine at one of our participating restaurants, you will also support local organizations that offer breast health and breast cancer services to underserved and uninsured women – including free mammograms, breast health education and navigation through the health care system. It’s so easy to Dine Out and make a world of a difference in someone else’s life.

8. Your Contribution Stays Local
There’s nothing like seeing your contribution make a difference right in front of you. When you purchase a meal, you support your community. Not only will you be supporting your chosen restaurant, but you’ll also be providing individuals within 17 Missouri/Illinois counties funding for needed breast health programs.

7. Someone Else Cooks for You, Serves You, and Does The Dishes
It might cost a little more than eating at home, but just think of it as saving what little time and energy you have left at the end of the day. Not only does someone help you by preparing the meal, but you also get the chance to help someone else in need.

6. Your Co-Workers Need a Break
Whether it’s a business meeting or a group of you just want to do something different for lunch, it’s always fun to get out of the office for a little while. For one day out the year, your office party can raise money for your local breast cancer organization and help save lives. You can treat everyone’s taste buds to something different and maybe even earn a gold star in the eyes of your boss!

5. You Just Got Your Nails Done – Enough Said
We understand what it’s like to have a fresh manicure that you’re so happy about, then it gets chipped two hours later because you nicked it in the kitchen cooking dinner. Save that next paycheck from the nail salon and have a hassle-free meal. You even get to help others in the process.

4. You Want to Impress Your Date
Sure, it’s sweet that you bought flowers and opened the car door for your date, but this is your chance to really shine. Suggest not only a romantic dinner for two, but one at an establishment that is giving a portion of their proceeds to a worthy organization.

3. So You Didn’t Get to Go on Vacation – But You Can Still Have New Experiences 
So money came up a little short and you didn’t get to go on your cross-country road trip or rendezvous to Europe. You can still get a new experience and try some place new by checking out our participating restaurants and picking a place you’ve never been before. You can try a new cuisine and help save a life with no extra cost!

2. You Really Want to Try Something Different
Tired of the same ol’ places when you go out to eat? Do you like supporting local businesses? Do you just want an excuse to get out of the house? You can check out our list of participating restaurants and find some place new in your area to Dine Out while also contributing to a local cause.

1. There’s No Way Easier to Give
Your meal will cost just as much as it would any other day of the year, only this time a portion of what you’re spending goes to fight breast cancer. All you have to do is Dine Out at one or more of our many participating restaurants (or food trucks) throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. The best part is, we won’t judge you if you splurge a little bit by ordering that extra appetizer or dessert.

Visit komenstlouis.org for a complete list of 2014 Dine Out for the Cure participating restaurants and food trucks, hours of service, and locations categorized by neighborhood.