Meet Our Intern: Nicky Althoff

Guest Writer: Nicky Althoff, Komen Missouri Events and Fundraising Intern

My name is Nicky Althoff, and I am excited to be one of the newest members of the Komen Missouri team as an event planning and fundraising intern. I’m a freshman at WashU in St. Louis, currently undecided but most likely pursuing a major in political science. At WashU, I’m a member of pre-law society, Model United Nations, and the varsity track team. Originally from Roscoe, Illinois, which is right on the border of Wisconsin, I’ve loved familiarizing myself with St. Louis and all of its Midwestern glory, aside from maybe the baseball fans.

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Nicky Althoff, event planning and fundraising intern for Komen Missouri

I first encountered the internship with Komen Missouri in the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement’s WashU newsletter. It initially stuck out to me because Komen has been a household name in my family for many years: from cereal boxes to breast cancer apparel, the Komen logo is a common sight in the Althoff house. Aside from my familiarity with the Komen organization and mission, I was enticed by the opportunity to immerse myself in the St. Louis community by spreading Komen’s message and engaging the community in such a great cause.

As the cofounder and chairperson of a 5k benefitting breast cancer in my hometown, the internship with Komen Missouri seemed like the perfect extension of my prior experiences. It also seemed like the perfect opportunity to honor my mom, whom I lost to breast cancer in 2010. She was very involved in my local community’s breast cancer walk-a-thons and fundraisers and inspired me every day throughout her battle with her persistent smile and determination. Interning with Komen Missouri has been a great way to continue her fight against breast cancer, which truly is relevant to so many people.

As an event planning and fundraising intern, I get to see and help with all the behind-the-scenes planning of the signature Komen Missouri events like Trivia Night, the Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure, and Dine Out for the Cure. I keep committee members for these events up-to-date and on-task and talk to sponsors and donors about contributing to our events. I often get to offer my opinion on matters such as how to engage more of the community and have even done some hands-on work redesigning the website.

From taking calls inquiring about mammograms to attending committee meetings, volunteering with Komen Missouri has kept me busy, but knowing that every data entry, phone call, and meeting is in some way contributing to the fight against breast cancer makes the internship the most rewarding experience I’ve had so far in St. Louis. I love working with the small but mighty Komen Missouri staff and I look forward to all of the events to come!

Be Bold on Giving Tuesday

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Your support is More Than Pink.

Every donation helps us turn awareness into impact. And the more support we get, the more we can help low-income women in our community get access to quality breast health care. The more we can help fund research that helps make breakthroughs for metastatic breast cancer patients who need it the most. And the closer we can come to reducing breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% in the next decade. With your support, we can make an even bigger impact.

On #GivingTuesday, you can help us put an end to breast cancer for good.

Be Bold. Be Fearless. Be Generous. Contribute to our 2016 Holiday Giving Campaign.

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Be Bold. Be Fearless. Be Generous.

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Susan G. Komen® Missouri is an independent, local nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the breast health needs of the women, men and families most at risk and most in need in our 38-county Missouri/Illinois service area.

This past year, Komen Missouri grant funding helped provide more than 23,789 screening and patient support services for individuals in our community who otherwise may not have had access.

Through your donation, we can continue to strengthen our investment in the local fight against breast cancer.

Eighty-one cents of every $1 raised enables Komen Missouri to grant funds for life-saving local breast cancer screening, breast health education and patient support services plus cutting-edge global breast cancer research.

508 women lost their lives to breast cancer in Missouri last year. Your $100 gift could fund a life-saving mammogram this year.

Be Bold. Be Fearless. Be Generous. Every dollar makes an impact.

Please contribute to our 2016 Holiday Giving Campaign today.

Thank you for your support!

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Give MO Love, Save More Lives!

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$1 Million for Our Mission!

The Challenge Starts Today!

We’re part of the Revlon LOVE IS ON 2016 Million Dollar Challenge. The Challenge is a fundraising competition launched by Revlon where organizations that support women’s health causes compete for cash prize donations from Revlon. The charity that raises the most money will win a $1 Million donation to support their cause.

The Challenge runs from September 14 at 11 am CT and through October 26 at 12:59:59 pm CT, and over $1.4 Million will be given away in prize money to organizations participating in the Challenge. We’re ready to raise as much money as we can so can win the $1 Million grand prize!

How You Can Help

Please consider joining our Susan G. Komen Missouri team as a fundraiser. By reaching out to your network of supporters, you can help us make an even bigger impact in the fight against breast cancer.

It takes less than five minutes to set up a fundraiser. All you have to do is go here and click ‘Fundraise for This Campaign.’

If for some reason you can’t fundraise for our campaign, we ask you to give to our cause. Every donation makes a difference, no matter how big or small.  Thank you in advance for your support!

P.S. If you have any questions at all, please email CrowdRise, our fundraising platform partner, at Lucy@CrowdRise.com, and they’ll help solve everything. Thank you!

Help Finish the Race Strong!

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Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure post-Race registration and fundraising continues through July 31.
Help us get closer to our 2016 event fundraising goal so we can help more people in our community who are most at risk of breast cancer and most in need of access to quality breast health care.
Thank you for your support!

2016 Komen Greater St. Louis Race Honorary Co-Chairs: Kolten and Alissa Wong

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St. Louis Cardinals Second Baseman Kolten Wong and his wife Alissa will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the 18th Annual Susan G. Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure®, to be held Saturday, June 11, in downtown St. Louis.

Kolten Wong is the second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, and played college baseball for the University of Hawaii, where he met his wife, Alissa. He has a big place in his heart for fighting cancer as he has lost both his mother and his uncle to their battles recently. Through losing people that he cared so much about, he knew he wanted to make a difference and help raise awareness and funding. He wants to help give an opportunity for more people to beat breast cancer.

Alissa Wong was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was raised in Ohio. She furthered her track career running for University of Hawaii. Like Kolten, Alissa has had family members battle with cancer, including a grandmother and an aunt who are both breast cancer survivors.

“Kolten and I are extremely honored to have the opportunity to be this year’s Honorary Co-Chairs of the 2016 Susan G. Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure,” says Alissa Wong. “The opportunity to give back to the community of St. Louis and those who are battling breast cancer is extremely humbling. Our hope is that this year’s Race gives those who are battling breast cancer or celebrating life as a breast cancer survivor the comfort in knowing that the St. Louis Cardinals as well as the St. Louis community are cheering for them along the way. We are so humbled to be a part of this.”

“We are thrilled to have Kolten and Alissa Wong serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 2016 Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure,” said Helen Chesnut, executive director of Susan G. Komen Missouri. “With their support of Komen Missouri’s mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever, there is great potential to make an important impact in the fight against breast cancer in the Greater St. Louis region.”

Register now for the 2016 Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure.

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!

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!

Komen St. Louis’ 2015 Corporate Partner of the Year: Dowd Bennett LLP

The support of our corporate partners is instrumental to the success of Komen St. Louis and the fight against breast cancer. These partners ensure that more funding is put directly toward our mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

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Jim Crowe of Dowd Bennett LLP accepts the 2015 Komen St. Louis Corporate Partner of the Year award from Komen St. Louis Executive Director Helen Chesnut

Our 2015 Corporate Partner of the Year is an organization that has helped to advance Komen St. Louis’ mission year-round.

The employees of Dowd Bennett LLP support the Komen St. Louis Race for Cure with a Race Team and participate in other Komen St. Louis events throughout the year.

On several occasions, this St. Louis law firm has stepped up as the lead sponsor of Komen St. Louis events, providing essential sponsorship dollars to help us make the biggest impact with our fundraising event efforts.

This year, Dowd Bennett stepped up to serve as presenting sponsor for our 6th Annual Power of the Promise luncheon.

We look forward to a continued partnership with our 2015 Komen St. Louis Corporate Partner of the Year. Thank you, Dowd Bennett!