Call for Nominations: Komen Missouri Pink Tie Guys 2016

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Susan G. Komen Missouri Pink Tie Guys are partners in the Komen promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. These men are not afraid to wear pink, for they know pink is a symbol of hope, courage, strength and survivorship.  

Do you have what it takes to be a Komen Missouri Pink Tie Guy?

Do you know someone who is Pink Tie Guy worthy?

Learn more and complete the 2016 Pink Tie Guy application/nomination form.

Applications are due by Feb. 22.

We Love Early Birds!

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Be among the first to register for the 2016 Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure – and save!

The Susan G. Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure® raises significant funds for local breast cancer programs and breast cancer research, celebrates breast cancer survivors and forever fighters, and honors those we have lost to the disease. 100% of the net proceeds are allocated to Komen Missouri’s mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer.

Early registration ends February 14.

Register today.

Your Race registration, fundraising and donations give strength to the local fight against breast cancer!

Statement from Susan G. Komen®: Women and Healthcare Providers Should Have the Final Say on Mammogram Schedules

Susan G. Komen® shared this statement regarding breast cancer screening:

Komen Renews Concern over Task Force Proposal to Raise Routine Mammography Age

DALLAS – Jan. 11, 2016 – The leader of the world’s largest breast cancer organization says women and their doctors should be the final decision-makers when it comes to breast cancer screening, and that screening tests, if recommended by a healthcare provider, should be covered by insurers and government regardless of a woman’s age.

The comments from Susan G. Komen President and CEO Dr. Judy Salerno came in response to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations, issued today, that would raise the recommended age for the start of routine mammograms from 40 to 50 for women of average risk. USPSTF issued similar recommendations in 2009.

These latest recommendations would not be implemented immediately due to a two-year moratorium imposed by Congress.

Nevertheless, Salerno said Komen is concerned that these recommendations could effectively bar access to screenings for millions of women under 50 because third party payers often use USPSTF recommendations to decide whether they will pay for certain tests.

“A lack of coverage would be most harshly felt in high-risk and underserved populations,” she said, “African-American women, for example, are often diagnosed at younger ages with aggressive forms of breast cancer – and die of breast cancer at rates over 40 percent higher than white women. Screening at younger ages is a critical tool for these women.”

“The medical field is moving toward determining individual needs for screening based on a woman’s risk,” she said. “Rather than establishing higher age-based standards that create potential barriers to care, women should be able to make informed decisions about breast cancer screening, develop a schedule that is right for them with their healthcare provider, and be assured that the screenings they need will be paid for.”

Salerno encouraged increased investment in research to develop better screening tools. Komen has funded more than $33 million to find more precise early detection methods such as blood and tissue tests. “Until those are available, mammograms are the most widely available and cost effective test that we have, and women and their healthcare providers should have access to them,” she said. Information about breast cancer risk is available on komen.org.

Just a Few Days Left

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Guest Writer: Helen Chesnut, Susan G. Komen Missouri Executive Director

Thank you for supporting our year-round work to help women and men facing the realities of breast cancer right here in Missouri and southwestern Illinois.

There are just a few days left for you to give a gift to Komen Missouri’s 2015 Holiday Giving Campaign.

Now is a crucial time of year to show your support and help us begin 2016 strong.

Your gift could help us:

  • Provide funding for local breast cancer screening, breast health education and outreach programs
  • Fund local community programs that provide nutritional support and patient navigation to underserved women and men
  • Fund the science that finds the next big breakthrough

You can help us make a difference! We still need $8,000 to reach our $30,000 campaign goal to support vital efforts to help those facing breast cancer.

Please make your year-end gift to Komen Missouri today.

If you’ve already given, thank you!

On a mission to help those in need and find the cures,

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Helen Chesnut
Komen Missouri Executive Director and 9-Year Breast Cancer Survivor

In Pursuit of an End to Breast Cancer: Trivia Night 2016

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Join in the local fight against breast cancer at Susan G. Komen® Missouri’s 2nd Annual Trivia Night on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Maryland Heights Community Center. This FUN fundraiser benefits breast cancer research and local breast health programs funded by Komen Missouri.

Trivia tables are $200 for a team of eight. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and trivia begins at 7 p.m.

Trivia table reservations are open now!

Mike Colombo, investigative reporter for KMOV News 4 and native St. Louisan, will return as master of ceremonies.

The event will consist of 10 rounds of trivia with prizes for the top three teams. Guests also will be able to participate in a basket raffle, a delicious dessert raffle, 50/50 drawing and more.

The funds raised at the event will directly impact the breast health needs of local women, men and families. Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised by Komen Missouri stays in the local community to fund life-saving breast cancer screening, breast health education and patient navigation and support programs. The remaining 25 percent funds cutting-edge, global breast cancer research.

Registration in advance is required.

Our 2015 Trivia Night sold out, so don’t miss your chance to join the fun!

Visit www.komenmissouri.org/TriviaNight or call 314.569.3900 to reserve a table.

Your Support Gives Strength

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Guest Writer: Helen Chesnut, Susan G. Komen Missouri Executive Director

Susan G. Komen® Missouri was founded in 1999 by dedicated volunteers fueled by a promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. It started with our inaugural Race for the Cure in St. Louis, attracting more than 10,000 survivors, co-survivors, families and friends and raising over $300,000.

Since then, our impact on the local fight against breast cancer has been strengthened by year-round supporters – 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 your local Komen Affiliate as we focus every day on our mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Your support gives strength to individuals and families – like Jeremy’s – in our community.

Jeremy Harmon’s family member found a lump in her breast at age 36 and, out of concern, she had it removed. Although it was not cancerous, as a result of the diagnosis she will now need to have an annual mammogram. This experience spurred Jeremy to take action in the fight against breast cancer.

“While our family is grateful for the outcome,” he said, “the potential impact opened my eyes to my desire to be more involved in the cause in some manner.” Jeremy is now one of our Pink Tie Guys, serving as a partner in the promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

Knowing that we can help families like Jeremy’s, empowering them to take charge of their health and inspiring them to take action every day, gives me strength. Your contribution will help give strength to hundreds of lives through the programs supported by our local grants.

Right now, our funding supports seven local organizations that deliver critical, lifesaving breast health services – including free mammograms and navigation through the health care system. Right now, Komen-funded researchers in St. Louis are investigating the growth of breast cell types that contribute to breast density and therefore may impact breast cancer risk.

Because breast cancer knows no boundaries and never takes a day off, I’m asking you to help continue to fight this disease by contributing to our 2015 Holiday Giving Campaign today. Through the consistent and valued support of donors like you, we are able to make a difference in the screening, care and survival of women, men and families in our community.

Your gift today could help us reach our Campaign goal of $30,000. This could provide funding for 300 mammograms or more than 1,300 hours of patient navigation. Please make a one-time or monthly donation today.

I thank you for your support!

Give Strength on #GivingTuesday

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As you look ahead to the holidays, please take a moment to help give strength to the local fight against breast cancer. 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 consider a gift to Susan G. Komen Missouri in honor of #GivingTuesday. Your gift helps us save lives in our 38-county Missouri/Illinois service area.

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

Give a gift today.