Meet Our Intern: Sarah Reed

Guest Writer: Sarah Reed, Komen Missouri Communications and Marketing Intern

My name is Sarah Reed and I am the summer Communications and Marketing Intern at Komen Missouri. In the fall, I will be a senior at Mizzou. I am in the Journalism program emphasizing in Strategic Communication with an interest in Public Relations. I am originally from right outside St. Louis in O’Fallon, MO. I am an active Delta Delta Delta member and American Advertising Federation member, and I also am very active in Mizzou Alternative Breaks. Through these organizations I strive to continue improving my leadership abilities, enhancing my learning opportunities, and giving back to the community and other philanthropies.

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Sarah loves pink and promoting the #KomenSTLRace

As for a career path, I am currently exploring the non-profit route due to many experiences through my collegiate organizations. Tri Delta’s national philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is one of the main reasons why I chose to be a Tri Delta three years ago. Working with my sisters towards the goal of saving children’s lives has been one of the highlights of my college career. Also, this past spring break, I had the opportunity to travel to Kissimmee, FL with a group of 11 other students to volunteer at Give Kids the World and New Hope For Kids. This experience was truly life changing. You can check out the work we did along with other groups who volunteered across the nation at our blog: http://muasb.blogspot.com/. I am also leading a weekend trip in the spring with another student.

I discovered this internship with Komen Missouri through a guest speaker at one of my AAF meetings. I was interested in what he did at his internal relations job at a local hospital. After meeting with him, he referred me to Janet at Komen Missouri. I knew of Susan G. Komen through the Race for the Cure in St. Louis and other events they have done in the past. I did some research on Komen Missouri and really connected with their mission. Whether it be a family member or friend or friend of a friend, I believe that everyone is affected by some sort of cancer. I was really inspired Komen’s amazing dedication to finding the cure to breast cancer. Komen Missouri offers many opportunities to receive help for people who at most risk and really need the help.

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Sarah at KSDK NewsChannel 5

My expectations for this internship were pretty broad. I knew it was a small staff with a lot of important things to accomplish, so I figured I would be doing a little bit of everything to help out the staff as much as possible. I was right! Because my internship started after school ended in late May, I was thrown into a very busy time of the year for Komen Missouri. Dine Out for the Cure and the Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure were weeks away, so it was pretty hectic around the office to say the least. I got a little taste of everything and learned a lot about the organization nationally and locally right off the bat. I even participated in one of the phone banks at KSDK promoting the Race for the Cure on my second day on the job.

Although it was a crazy time here at Komen Missouri, I have thoroughly enjoyed every day at the office. The staff here is constantly encouraging each other and staying positive. They are also always willing to help each other out even if it’s technically not their specific job. Everyone here has different personalities and different backgrounds; however, they all come together to work towards the one mission of ending breast cancer forever. This team of amazing women have welcomed me with open arms and have made this internship thus far a great, helpful and hands-on learning experience that I know will help me further my education and career goals.

I can’t wait for what new learning experiences and tasks come next!

 

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2016 Komen Greater St. Louis Race Registration + Packet Pickup

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2016 Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure In-Person Registration + Packet Pickup!

Individuals who have registered for the 6.11.16 Komen Greater St. Louis Race can pick up Race bibs and T-shirts at one of three locations June 4, 5 or 8. 

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

Saturday, June 4 (8 am – 6 pm)
Sunday, June 5 (11 am – 5 pm)
Wednesday, June 8 (9 am – 7 pm)

St. Louis Premium Outlets (near Food Court) – 18521 Outlet Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63005
St. Clair Square (lower level, JC Penney Court) – 134 St. Clair Square, Fairview Heights, IL 62208
Sports Authority/Brentwood (parking lot) – 8340 Eager Road, Brentwood, MO 63144

Online Race Registration Continues Through Race Day at http://www.komenmissouri.org/STLRace

Participants Registered on a Team: Team members (including Timed runners and those who registered for Sleep in for the Cure or Kids for Komen) pick up their Race bibs and T-shirts from their Team Captain. 

Individual Timed Runners: Pick up your Race bib and T-shirt at any of the above locations on June 4, 5 or 8 OR at one of these locations…

Saturday, June 4 (10 am – 5 pm)
Sunday, June 5 (12 – 5 pm)

FLEET FEET Chesterfield – I-64 & Boone’s Crossing; in Chesterfield Commons
FLEET FEET Des Peres  – 11731 Manchester Rd., Des Peres, MO 63131
FLEET FEET St. Charles – 3813 Mexico Rd., St. Charles, MO 63303
FLEET FEET South County – 12494 Tesson Ferry Rd., St. Louis, MO 63128

Individual participants also may pick up their Race bibs and T-shirts on Race day, June 11, beginning at 6:30 am at the Registration area on the Race site. Pre-registered individuals are strongly encouraged to pick up their Race bibs and T-shirts prior to Race day.

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REMINDER: YOUR 2016 KOMEN GREATER ST. LOUIS RACE BIB SERVES AS YOUR ADMISSION TO THE RACE COURSE AND SPONSORS’ ROW ON JUNE 11.
Race participants must wear their 2016 Komen Greater St. Louis Race bib and have it visible at all times. Registration for the Race supports the year-round Komen Missouri mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever. Registered participants receive a Race bib and a T-shirt.

Online Race Registration Continues Through Race Day at http://www.komenmissouri.org/STLRace

Your Race registration fee, fundraising and donations give strength to the local fight against breast cancer!

Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure Helps Eliminate Financial Barriers, Fear for Breast Cancer Patients

No stranger to bad news, Kim Beard-Morris also knows a thing or two about surviving. The 53-year-old is finishing a second successful fight against breast cancer 11 years after the first. It’s a team effort, she said.

“This is very, very difficult and stressful,” Beard-Morris said about being diagnosed a second time. “But my breast-health navigators help me out. I don’t know what I’d do without them.”

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Kim Beard-Morris

She is one of 4,000 breast cancer patients helped every year by the Navigator Project at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. The program, funded in large part by Susan G. Komen Missouri, assists women from medically underserved areas who are undergoing diagnosis and treatment. Navigators coordinate services and provide referrals to community and social-service resources.

The navigators, including Nedra Bramlett-Stevenson of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, offer a sympathetic ear, too. She and Beard-Morris have forged a bond, and the two shared a hug before Beard-Morris’ recent doctor’s appointment

“When I first talked with her,” Bramlett-Stevenson said, “she was upset because she didn’t want to go through this again. She thought her world was going to end.”

Since 1999, the Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure has raised more than $30 million for local breast cancer programs, including more than $7 million for the Navigator Project at Siteman. Registering for the Race is about more than raising breast cancer awareness or honoring a loved one. Contributions to the race, held this year on June 11, make a difference in the lives of thousands of St. Louis-area women.

Susan Kraenzle, RN, who manages supportive care at Siteman, said an application process determines which patients qualify for assistance through the Navigator Project. If screening results are abnormal or clinical follow-up is needed, the program ensures patients may access financial help needed to complete treatment.

“The Navigator Project is a perfect example of what Race for the Cure does for the larger community,” Kraenzle said. “With funding from the event, we’re working to eliminate not only financial barriers to treatment but also the confusion and fear that often come with a breast cancer diagnosis.”

Up to 75 percent of net money raised by the Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure stays in the region to fund education, screening, treatment and support programs such as the Navigator Project.

When Beard-Morris shared her worry about being treated a second time for breast cancer, Bramlett-Stevenson discussed how therapies had improved considerably since 2005.

“I thank God they sent me to her, said Beard-Morris, who is cancer-free again.

 Learn more about Susan G. Komen Missouri at http://www.komenmissouri.org. Register for the 2016 Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure at http://www.komenmissouri.org/STLRace.