Webinar Wednesday | September 24: Progress Towards a Cure for Breast Cancer

WebinarWednesday_2014Join Susan G. Komen® and Susan G. Komen St. Louis as we kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the first of several informative webinars over the next six weeks:

Progress Towards a Cure for Breast Cancer: Small Steps and Big Leaps

Wednesday, September 24

11:30 am to 12:30 pm CT

Click here to register for this webinar.

Presented by Dr. George Sledge | Professor of Medicine and Pathology, and Chief of the Division of Oncology in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University

Hosted by the North Central Region of Susan G. Komen

While we are making real progress, the cure has been an elusive goal in breast cancer, particularly in the setting of advanced disease. Where are we today, and where are we headed in the near future? How can we use the emerging technologies of genomics and tumor immunology to improve the lot of breast cancer patients? And what is Susan G. Komen’s role in the emerging biologic revolution that will transform breast cancer care?

Dr. George Sledge

Dr. Sledge is recognized internationally for his work in breast cancer research and treatment. A clinical trialist and pioneer in the development of novel therapies for breast cancer, Dr. Sledge directed the first large, nationwide trial that studied the efficacy of paclitaxel as a therapy for advanced breast cancer. Since then, he has served as the principal investigator for many nationwide clinical trials involving new therapies for breast cancer. His research focuses on molecular and tumor biology, growth factors and anti-angiogenic therapy. With his Komen-funded grant, Dr. Sledge is searching for new, druggable targets in triple negative breast cancers, investigating the process of angiogenesis (tumors forming new blood vessels) and identifying genetic clues that will help us better understand how this occurs. He is also evaluating new technologies that capture tumor cells circulating in the blood stream, which may provide doctors with better tools to understand and treat metastatic breast cancer.

When asked about his partnership as a Komen Grantee, Dr. Sledge replied: “Komen’s role is not just at a funder of research, but as a convener of researchers. We bring researchers together at our Scientific Advisory Board, at our Komen Scholars meeting, in our study sections that judge the merits of grants, and in the grant applications themselves. We are an eminently social organization: we actively create the “Great Weave” of breast cancer research. And that is why I love working with Susan G. Komen.”

Click here to register for this webinar.

Bowl to End Breast Cancer at Spare Nothing for the Cure on Oct. 19

Spare Nothing Web Banner 2014_Large_reg_sponsSpare some time to help save lives and strike out breast cancer at the 6th Annual Spare Nothing for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 19. This family-friendly bowling fundraiser benefits breast cancer research and local breast health programs funded by Komen St. Louis.

New for 2014, participants can choose to compete for top bowler prizes or bowl Just for Fun. A costume contest — whether it’s all about pink or inspired by Halloween — will add creativity and spirit to the day.

Bowlers can choose from two locations: Brunswick Zone in Chesterfield or Brunswick Zone XL in St. Peters. Each bowling alley hosts two sessions: noon-2 pm and 3-5 pm.

The entry fee is $30 per bowler. Each registration includes two hours of unlimited bowling, shoe rental and a chance to win prizes while contributing to the cause. Plus, participants can bid on raffle baskets, participate in a 50/50 raffle and a “Spare $5 for a Strike” raffle.

During the past five years, hundreds of Spare Nothing for the Cure bowlers have helped raise more than $87,000 for the fight against breast cancer. These funds directly impact the breast health needs of local women, men and families.

Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised by Komen St. Louis stays in the local community to fund life-saving breast health screening, education and patient navigation programs. The remaining 25 percent funds groundbreaking breast cancer research in St. Louis and beyond.

Join in the fight against breast cancer by bowling on Oct. 19. Register here: www.komenstlouis.org/SpareNothing

Komen St. Louis’ 2014 Survivor of the Year: Dede Hoffmann

There are more than 3 million breast cancer survivors in the US today. At our 5th Annual Power of a Promise luncheon, we recognized an outstanding breast cancer survivor who is committed to the Komen mission.

Although she could not be with us in person to receive the award, it was a pleasure to present the Komen St. Louis 2014 Survivor of the Year Award to Dede Hoffmann.

Dede is a two-time, 12+-year breast cancer survivor who is currently living with breast cancer – and kicking cancer with her “cancer-kicking boots”!

Her involvement with Komen St. Louis began in the early 2000s when she started volunteering for the Race for the Cure. She chaired the Komen St. Louis Race for two years. She has chaired our breast cancer survivor luncheon as well as our grants committee.

Dede Hoffmann and family at the 2014 Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure

Dede Hoffmann and family at the 2014 Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure

She just completed her third year as President of the Komen St. Louis Board of Directors and remains on our Board.

Dede has served as a passionate spokesperson, leader and advocate for the Komen St. Louis Affiliate and for Komen. Even when faced with a re-diagnosis of this disease, she continues to devote herself tirelessly to Komen St. Louis and to the mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever.

Congratulations and thank you for all you do, Dede!

Komen St. Louis’ 2014 Corporate Partner of the Year: Schnuck Markets, Inc.

The support of our corporate and community partners throughout the year is so important as we fulfill our promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Such support and sponsorship helps ensure that more funds can go directly to the fight against breast cancer.

Joanie Taylor, Schnucks’ Director of Consumer Affairs, accepted the Komen St. Louis Corporate Partner of the Year Award on behalf of Todd Schnuck and the Schnucks organization.

Joanie Taylor, Schnucks’ Director of Consumer Affairs, accepted the Komen St. Louis Corporate Partner of the Year Award on behalf of Todd Schnuck and the Schnucks organization.

At our 5th Annual Power of a Promise luncheon, we presented the Komen St. Louis 2014 Corporate Partner of the Year Award to Schnuck Markets, Inc. Schnucks has supported Komen St. Louis as a sponsor every year since our inaugural Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure in 1999.

Schnucks employees have always gone above and beyond for Komen St. Louis and the Komen St. Louis Race. They take delivery of Race collateral at their warehouse. They volunteer their time on Friday night before the Race to move and unload T-shirts and on Saturday morning to move and unload water for Race participants. They are there by 3:30 a.m. on Race morning to greet the first arrivals on the Race site. Their employees volunteer in the Survivor Pavilion, serving breakfast to hundreds of breast cancer survivors.

This sense of community support and philanthropy starts at the top with their leader, Todd Schnuck. In fact, he fine-tuned our Team T-shirt pick-up at the Schnucks Distribution Center to help us avoid traffic jams and keep the process flowing smoothly.

Komen St. Louis Executive Director Helen Chesnut presents the Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award to Schnucks employees John Jones and Kevin Redell

Komen St. Louis Executive Director Helen Chesnut presents the Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award to Schnucks employees John Jones and Kevin Redell

At our Power of a Promise luncheon, we also recognized the individual efforts of two Schnucks employees, presenting both of them with our Komen St. Louis 2014 Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award. John Jones and Kevin Redell give so much of their time and are a tremendous help to us before, during and after the Komen St. Louis Race.

Thank you, Todd Schnuck, John Jones, Kevin Redell and the Schnucks organization! We appreciate your continued support and partnership.

Komen St. Louis’ 2014 Community Partner of the Year: Christian Hospital’s Protecting and Healing Women Program

Susan G. Komen St. Louis’ community grants support breast cancer screening, education and patient navigation services not otherwise available to underserved individuals in our 17-county service area.

Our grant recipients are community partners in our year-round mission to save lives and end breast cancer.

At our 5th Annual Power of a Promise event, we presented the 2014 Komen St. Louis Community Partner of the Year Award to one of our grantees, Christian Hospital’s Protecting and Healing Women Program.

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

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

Hundreds of uninsured and underserved women have been cared for through this program with the help of Komen St. Louis funding.

The program provides women in need with screening and diagnostic mammograms. Patricia Polk and her outreach staff also help navigate patients through the process of additional testing and treatment as needed.

The Protecting and Healing Women program is heavily invested in the community, with a focus on reaching out to women facing hardships such as unemployment and lack of transportation or child care.

This is the seventh year of Komen St. Louis funding for this program.

Congratulations to Patricia and the program team! Thank you for all you do every day.

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.