Give Thanks and Give Back

Guest Writer: Dede Hoffmann, Komen St. Louis Board President

As an 11-year, 2-time breast cancer survivor, I am more than familiar with my treatment facility, the nurses and the procedures. There’s a bit of comfort and a tiny sense of control in knowing those pieces in my breast cancer battle. I recently witnessed the fear and confusion in the eyes of a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient as she stepped up to the check-in desk. On the brink of tears, she offered her name to the breast cancer navigator. The navigator gently cradled the woman’s elbow and assured her that she would have a companion to help her find her way along the complicated, endless maze of floors, rooms and appointments.

As Komen St. Louis Board President, I was proud to recognize Komen dollars at work. This breast cancer patient navigator program is but one of the instances where Komen dollars make a difference in the lives of breast cancer patients every day. Right now, Komen St. Louis funding supports 25 local organizations that deliver life-saving breast health services – including free mammograms; navigation through the health care system; and emergency financial assistance, meals and medical supplies – to those who may not otherwise have access due to low income, lack of insurance or other barriers.

Because so many need our help, I’m asking you to help Komen St. Louis by contributing to our 2012 Annual Giving Campaign. Your donation will make a difference to women, men and families in our community facing a breast cancer diagnosis.

As a Komen St. Louis volunteer, I know your donation will make an immediate impact. As a breast cancer survivor, I thank you for giving back this holiday season. With your support, together we are saving lives in our community!


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