A Survivor’s Story: Lorry Blath

At the 16th Annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure on June 14, Lorry Blath was honored as the 2014 Honorary Team New Balance Member.

Kim Burns (left) of New Balance with Lorry Blath at the 2014 Komen St. Louis Race

Kim Burns (left) of New Balance with Lorry Blath at the 2014 Komen St. Louis Race

Nearly 11 years ago, Lorry was diagnosed with breast cancer. Once her treatment was completed, she thought she was done thinking about cancer. And then her daughter organized a team to fundraise and walk a Komen 3-Day event.

Two days prior to their first of four Komen 3-day, 60-mile walks, Lorry’s daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 35. Now, Lorry and her daughter are both breast cancer survivors.

“It’s complicated and emotional when one’s child is afflicted,” says Lorry. “This time, I didn’t want to be done with cancer; I wanted to act.”

So Lorry got involved in Susan G. Komen St. Louis’ Research Advocacy Committee, which is one of the only groups of its kind in the country.

Through the Komen St. Louis Research Advocacy Committee, “we learn the science of breast cancer, attend national breast cancer and oncology conferences, mentor others, hold workshops, organize community educational programs, sit on hospital Institutional Review Boards, collaborate with researchers on grants, and review Susan G. Komen and government grants,” explains Lorry.

Lorry has been co-chair of the committee for more than five years, and she continues to be motivated and inspired. She is making a positive impact in her community and beyond as an advocate for Komen.

Thank You for a Beautiful Day!

Race_PostRace_LargeBanner_2014On June 14, 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. What a beautiful day – from the perfect weather to the individuals, teams, survivors and supporters all united for one cause.

From the bottom of our hearts, we sincerely thank every participant, volunteer, donor and sponsor who helped make our 16th Race a success!

More than 30,000 registered participants helped us raise $1.6 million…and counting.

Seventy-five percent of these net funds will be invested in our community through grants to local organizations providing breast health services to our underserved neighbors. And the remaining 25 percent will be invested in groundbreaking breast cancer research.

You can still make an impact in the local fight against breast cancer through post-Race registration, donations and fundraising through July 31.

Top 10 Reasons to Dine Out for the Cure on June 12

DineOut_Sauce_webbanner_2014Guest Writer: Diana Haynes, Komen St. Louis Intern

10. You Have to Eat Anyway
So you already need to eat anyway, right? You might as well stop by one of the many participating restaurants in your area. The price you would normally spend stays the same. The only difference is part of your bill will go toward lifesaving breast health programs in the St. Louis region, plus vital breast cancer research. The best part is you don’t even have to cook or clean up!

9. You Can Save Someone’s Life
When you dine at one of our participating restaurants, you will also support local organizations that offer breast health and breast cancer services to underserved and uninsured women – including free mammograms, breast health education and navigation through the health care system. It’s so easy to Dine Out and make a world of a difference in someone else’s life.

8. Your Contribution Stays Local
There’s nothing like seeing your contribution make a difference right in front of you. When you purchase a meal, you support your community. Not only will you be supporting your chosen restaurant, but you’ll also be providing individuals within 17 Missouri/Illinois counties funding for needed breast health programs.

7. Someone Else Cooks for You, Serves You, and Does The Dishes
It might cost a little more than eating at home, but just think of it as saving what little time and energy you have left at the end of the day. Not only does someone help you by preparing the meal, but you also get the chance to help someone else in need.

6. Your Co-Workers Need a Break
Whether it’s a business meeting or a group of you just want to do something different for lunch, it’s always fun to get out of the office for a little while. For one day out the year, your office party can raise money for your local breast cancer organization and help save lives. You can treat everyone’s taste buds to something different and maybe even earn a gold star in the eyes of your boss!

5. You Just Got Your Nails Done – Enough Said
We understand what it’s like to have a fresh manicure that you’re so happy about, then it gets chipped two hours later because you nicked it in the kitchen cooking dinner. Save that next paycheck from the nail salon and have a hassle-free meal. You even get to help others in the process.

4. You Want to Impress Your Date
Sure, it’s sweet that you bought flowers and opened the car door for your date, but this is your chance to really shine. Suggest not only a romantic dinner for two, but one at an establishment that is giving a portion of their proceeds to a worthy organization.

3. So You Didn’t Get to Go on Vacation – But You Can Still Have New Experiences 
So money came up a little short and you didn’t get to go on your cross-country road trip or rendezvous to Europe. You can still get a new experience and try some place new by checking out our participating restaurants and picking a place you’ve never been before. You can try a new cuisine and help save a life with no extra cost!

2. You Really Want to Try Something Different
Tired of the same ol’ places when you go out to eat? Do you like supporting local businesses? Do you just want an excuse to get out of the house? You can check out our list of participating restaurants and find some place new in your area to Dine Out while also contributing to a local cause.

1. There’s No Way Easier to Give
Your meal will cost just as much as it would any other day of the year, only this time a portion of what you’re spending goes to fight breast cancer. All you have to do is Dine Out at one or more of our many participating restaurants (or food trucks) throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. The best part is, we won’t judge you if you splurge a little bit by ordering that extra appetizer or dessert.

Visit komenstlouis.org for a complete list of 2014 Dine Out for the Cure participating restaurants and food trucks, hours of service, and locations categorized by neighborhood.

Get Ready to Race! Komen St. Louis Race Registration Blitz is June 7, 8 and 11

Race T-shirt 2014Ready to Race for a World Without Breast Cancer?

Individuals who have registered for the June 14 Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure® can pick up their Race T-shirts during the Registration Blitz at one of five local malls this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8.

Those who have not yet registered for the Race can register in person at any of these malls this weekend.

For those who have pre-registered as an individual Race participant (not on a Race team) and those who wish to register for the Race in person at a local mall, these are the locations and times:

Saturday, June 7, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chesterfield Mall – Lower level, outside Dillard’s

Mid Rivers Mall – Lower level, Center Court

Saint Louis Galleria – Garden Court

St. Clair Square, IL – Lower level, JC Penney Court

South County Center – Lower level, outside Sears

The Registration Blitz/T-shirt pick-up continues at three of the malls on Wednesday, June 11:

Wednesday, June 11, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Chesterfield Mall – Lower level, outside Dillard’s

Saint Louis Galleria – Garden Court

St. Clair Square, IL – Lower level, JC Penney Court

Individual timed run/walk participants can pick up their Race bibs and T-shirts at the Saint Louis Galleria or St. Clair Square on Saturday, June 7 (8 a.m.-6 p.m.), Sunday, June 8 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) or Wednesday, June 11 (9 a.m.-7 p.m.). Individual timed run/walk participants also have the option of picking up their Race bibs and T-shirts at one of four FLEET FEET Sports locations (Chesterfield, Des Peres, South County, St. Charles) on Saturday, June 7 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) or Sunday, June 8 (12-5 p.m.). Individuals also can register for the Race at these locations during these dates/times.

Race participants who have registered on a team must pick up their T-shirts from their team captain.

Online registration for the 16th Annual Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure continues at www.komenstlouis.org through Friday, June 13, at noon. Individuals also can register in person at the Race site on Saturday, June 14, beginning at 6:30 a.m.

The Twitter hashtag for the Race is #KomenSTLRace.

The Komen St. Louis Race raises funds for the local fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivors, and honors those who have lost their battle with breast cancer. See you at the Race on June 14!