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!