Give Strength to Our Community

YearEndAppeal_2014_graphic_qu2Right now, Komen St. Louis funding supports six local organizations that deliver critical, life-saving breast health services – including free mammograms and navigation through the complex health care system – to individuals in our community who may not otherwise have access. Komen St. Louis funding allows Debra Custer and the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation’s START NOW program to provide patient navigation and other breast health services to women who have low income or no insurance or who face other barriers to accessing this care. We can’t do this without the support of our community. Your support is vital and helps us fund:

  • Local, life-saving breast cancer screening, education and patient navigation programs
  • Cutting-edge research that will one day find the cures
  • A caring, compassionate community

Please help give strength to the local fight against breast cancer by giving to Komen St. Louis. Thank you!

Give Strength on #GivingTuesday

YearEndAppeal_2014_web_lgGivingTuesday_logoAs you get ready for the holidays, please take a moment to think of those who are fighting breast cancer right here in our community, and do something today to help us save lives. That’s the spirit of #GivingTuesday – to pause and add deeper meaning to the holidays by giving to a cause that’s important to you.

Please give a gift to Susan G. Komen® St. Louis in honor of #GivingTuesday.

Your gift helps us save lives in the St. Louis region.

With your gift, we can offer assistance to individuals and families facing breast cancer in your neighborhood. Plus, you can help us support research to find better treatments and to find the cures.

Please join the #GivingTuesday movement by giving to Komen St. Louis today. You’ll help us in our urgent efforts to help save lives right here in our community.

Please give a gift today.

Thank you!

Your Support Gives Strength

YearEndAppeal_2014_web_lgGuest Writer: Helen Chesnut, Komen St. Louis Executive Director

Since 1999, Susan G. Komen® St. Louis has built a reliable reputation in the St. Louis region. This is due, in large part, to the contributions, both financial and otherwise, of people who share our commitment to meeting the breast health needs of the women, men and families most at risk and most in need right here in our community.

Thank you for the role you play in supporting Komen St. Louis as we focus every day on our mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Your support gives strength to individuals in our community – individuals like Tondaleia.

Florissant resident Tondaleia, age 35 and mother of three, did not have health insurance when she found a painful lump in her breast last spring. She received a free mammogram, paid for by Komen St. Louis, through one of our community partners. After an ultrasound, a biopsy, genetic testing and a double mastectomy, Tondaleia is due to finish her chemotherapy treatments by Thanksgiving.

Knowing that we can help women like Tondaleia and others in our community every day gives me strength.

As an eight-year breast cancer survivor, I celebrate the sources of my strength: family, friends, faith. I was lucky. I knew I could get a mammogram when needed. I knew where to go for breast health services. I just knew I was going to live. Not everyone is as confident when they find a lump, and that is when Susan G. Komen St. Louis can give strength.

Right now, Komen St. Louis funding supports six local organizations that deliver critical, life-saving breast health services – including free mammograms and navigation through the health care system – to those, like Tondaleia, who may not otherwise have access due to low income, lack of insurance or other barriers. Right now, Komen-funded researchers in St. Louis are working to develop personalized breast cancer vaccines, to develop drugs that will prevent breast cancer recurrence and to determine a treatment for triple negative breast cancer.

Because breast cancer knows no boundaries and never takes a day off, I’m asking you to help Komen St. Louis by contributing to our 2014 Annual Giving Campaign today. Through the consistent and valued support of donors like you, we are able to make a difference in the care and survival of women like Tondaleia.

Your contribution will help give strength to hundreds of lives through the programs supported by our Komen St. Louis grants. I hope you will consider a gift in support of our mission. Please make a one-time or monthly donation today.

I thank you for your support.

Save the Date for the 2015 Race!

Race_2015_WebBanner_largeThe 17th Annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure® will take place in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, June 13, 2015!

Race registration opens in February 2015.

Collaboration: National Treatment Assistance Fund

SGK_NBCAM_2014_CollaborationThe costs of breast cancer treatment can impose a significant financial burden on survivors. The Susan G. Komen® National Treatment Assistance Fund helps bridge the gap for individuals who are actively undergoing breast cancer treatment.

The aim of the National Treatment Assistance Fund is to increase the number of individuals who remain in the breast cancer continuum of care by providing financial assistance to ensure adherence and completion of breast cancer treatment. Funding helps individuals of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, at any stage of the disease.

The fund provides two types of financial assistance – assistance grants and co-pay – based upon need and eligibility requirements. This limited financial assistance program is currently administered by CancerCare and the co-pay program is currently administered by Patient Advocate Foundation.

Limited financial assistance grants of $300 are awarded to underinsured or uninsured individuals across the country in need of:

  • Pain and anti-nausea medication
  • Lymphedema support and supplies with a prescription
  • Durable medical equipment ordered by their physician
  • Transportation to and from treatment
  • Childcare and/or eldercare necessitated by treatment
  • Oral medication for cancer treatment

Co-Pay Relief up to $5000 is provided for insured patients who qualify medically and financially to help with the co-pays for their prescriptions and/or pharmaceutical treatments.

For both programs, financial assistance is granted to individuals who meet pre-determined eligibility criteria.

Learn more:

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Collaboration: Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance

SGK_NBCAM_2014_CollaborationMetastatic breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other organs in the body. In the U.S., most women with metastatic cancer develop it when cancer returns at some point after their initial breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

An estimated 155,000 women and men are living with metastatic breast cancer in the U.S.

In October 2013, Susan G. Komen® joined forces with 14 other cancer charities and advocacy groups to form the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance (MBC Alliance).

MBCAlliance_logoThe MBC Alliance aims to unify the efforts of its members and to increase awareness and education while advancing research and policy – efforts for metastatic breast cancer that have the potential to extend life, enhance quality of life and ultimately find a cure.

Learn more at

Watch the MBC Alliance’s video about the experiences of women living with MBC:

Additional information on Metastatic Breast Cancer:

We’re celebrating National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Connect with and follow Komen St. Louis and use the hashtag #bcjourney to join in the conversation.

Komen Collaborations Focused on Young Women with Breast Cancer

SGK_NBCAM_2014_CollaborationThough most women who get breast cancer are over age 50, young women can and do get breast cancer. Five percent of all breast cancers diagnosed in the U.S. each year occur in women under 40.

A breast cancer diagnosis can be especially shocking and challenging for young women. At a time in life most often reserved for family and career, issues of treatment, recovery and survivorship take priority for young women with breast cancer.

Here are some Komen collaborations focused on young women with breast cancer:

Susan G. Komen/Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation/Young Survival Coalition

In Fall 2013, Susan G. Komen® partnered with the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation (DSLRF) and the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) to advance research into side effects of breast cancer treatment, along with research into the causes of, and preventive strategies for, breast cancer.

Learn more:

Young Survival Coalition – Research Think Tank

In February 2013, Komen was a sponsor for the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) Research Think Tank in order for approximately 60 researchers, medical experts, and educated research advocates to gather in Arlington, VA. In true think tank fashion, the attendees shared their knowledge and helped YSC prioritize unanswered research questions affecting young women with breast cancer.

Read the resulting report:

Conference Sponsorships

From 2008 through 2014, Komen was a proud to be Lead Sponsor of the Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer, funding travel scholarships to provide much needed financial assistance for young survivors and patients to attend the annual conference. More commonly known as C4YW, this meeting was a collaborative production between Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Young Survival Coalition. The final C4YW was held in February 2014 in Orlando, FL.

Komen is a sponsor of the international Breast Cancer in Young Women, funding travel scholarships specifically allowing patient advocates to attend this scientific meeting and ensure that the patient voice is incorporated into the research conversation. This bi-annual conference is an opportunity for the latest updates on this field and a platform for generating future research concepts and collaborations. It will cover epidemiology, molecular biology, genetics, pathology, surgery, radiotherapy, systemic therapy and fertility preservation in young women with breast cancer.

Komen is sponsoring patient and patient advocate travel scholarships for the inaugural YSC Summit in March 2015 in Houston, TX. This three-day national conference will feature inspirational speakers, workshops addressing the unique issues that young women with breast cancer face, and special wellness activities. Find the most up-to-date, evidence-based information and tools. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with a community of other young survivors and co-survivors from across the country.

Learn more:

We’re celebrating National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Connect with and follow Komen St. Louis and use the hashtag #bcjourney to join in the conversation.