Holiday Giving to Help All Year Long

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“This past year, our Komen St. Louis-funded Breast Health Screening Access Project provided patient navigation services to more than 1,000 women.”

– Chereese Agard, Breast Health Navigator at Family Care Health Centers

Imagine a woman’s overwhelming sense of not knowing what to do next after she’s diagnosed with breast cancer.

Thanks to Komen St. Louis funding, local organizations like Family Care Health Centers are easing such fears. The Komen St. Louis-funded patient navigation program helps guide women through the complex health care system and gain access to life-saving breast health services.

Komen dollars make a difference in the lives of breast cancer patients every day.

And we can’t do this without your support.

Our goal is to raise $20,000 this holiday season. This amount could help provide 880 hours of patient navigation to guide women through their breast cancer journeys.

Your year-end donation to Komen St. Louis will help ensure women and families in our community have access to quality breast health services all year long.

Thank you for giving back to Komen St. Louis. Thank you for supporting our mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

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Missouri Breast Cancer Patients, Survivors, Co-Survivors: We Need Your Testimony

Guest Writer: Theresa Osenbaugh, Community Health Manager at Susan G. Komen® Greater Kansas City Affiliate

A Missouri Oral Chemotherapy Parity Interim Committee was appointed by Governor Nixon this fall to consider cancer patients’ access to oral chemotherapy treatments.

The committee was created to study the disparity in patient co-payments between orally and intravenously administered chemotherapies, the reasons for the disparity, and the patient benefits in establishing co-payment parity between oral and infused chemotherapy agents. The information gathered from this study will be utilized in decisions regarding the passing of legislation in the upcoming State of Missouri sessions.

Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City has been advocating for law that requires health benefit plans to cover oral cancer chemotherapy at a cost equal to that of intravenous cancer chemotherapy.

Currently, a patient’s cost-sharing obligations are much higher for oral anti-cancer drugs than for drugs delivered through formats like intravenous (IV) or injection, and high cost-sharing places these drug therapies out of reach for far too many patients.

Additionally, despite the cost associated with the drug, in many cases there are no equivalent treatments that can be substituted for the prescribed oral drug.

We Need Your Help, Your Voice

We are seeking testimony for those who have or could have benefited from oral chemotherapy drugs. Additionally, if someone you love has been touched by oral chemotherapy or has not been able to access oral chemotherapy drugs, we are interested in speaking with you.

It is our hope to find at least one person who could provide written testimony or speak to the committee about your experience next Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The meeting will occur in Jefferson City, MO, between 11 am and 4 pm. Once testimony is provided, you will not be asked to stay for the entire meeting unless you choose.

Komen Kansas City believes breast cancer patients should not be forced to choose a less appropriate treatment option — or forego drug therapy all together, where no other options exist — simply because an insurer provides less coverage for a cancer drug that happens to be administered by mouth rather than by IV/injection.

Please let us know if you or someone you know can assist us in this effort.

Contact Theresa Osenbaugh at 816.245.7352 (direct), 816.842.0410 (main) or tosenbaugh@komenkansascity.org (email).

Thank you for your consideration.

Give Back on Giving Tuesday

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“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

You’ve made it through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Welcome to Giving Tuesday, the second annual national day of charitable giving.

We invite you to give back to Komen St. Louis and help ensure all women in our community have access to quality breast health services.

Please consider making a one-time or monthly donation today.

Our goal is to raise $20,000 this holiday season. This amount could help fund screening mammograms for 200 uninsured women in our community.

Your donation to Komen St. Louis will make a direct impact in our 17-county Missouri/Illinois service area.

Thank you for giving back on Giving Tuesday. Thank you for supporting our mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever!