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!

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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.

Calling All Artists: Design the 2016 Komen Race for the Cure® T-shirt!

TShirtContest_625x288_SubmitEach year, more than a million people across the globe participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® series. Each participant has a personal story. Race participants run in honor of someone they’ve lost. They walk to support a friend or loved one currently battling breast cancer. They walk for themselves. No matter their story, they rise before the sun, put on their Komen Race T-shirt and join a community to race for a better future.

As we look to the future, we need your help…and your creativity! We’re calling on all breast cancer survivors, co-survivors and our supporters to help us design the shirt that a million fellow walkers and runners will be wearing in 2016. Would you like to showcase your original art on the front of our 2016 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure T-shirts worn at Races around the world? Get creative and help us inspire!

Want to submit a T-shirt design? Simply follow the guidelines below: 

  • Design theme should be focused on the power and passion of a global community coming together for a common goal – to end breast cancer
  • Please do not use stock images, photos, copyrighted work or clip art, we are looking for your original designs
  • The design should include the color pink and up to 5 additional colors from this palette
  • Please submit your entry as a web-friendly image (.jpeg, png, pdf) not to exceed 5MB in size

This is YOUR Race T-shirt for YOUR community, so don’t wait! The due date is July 26.

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Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure: Survivors Standing in Solidarity

Guest Writer: Shelby Narike, Komen St. Louis Public Relations & Marketing Intern

I experienced the big, pink whirlwind weeks leading up to the Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure in the temporary position of intern; however, I experienced Race Day in my newly permanent role: breast cancer survivor.

Lexie Sprague and Shelby Narike, Komen St. Louis Public Relations & Marketing interns, Summer 2015

Lexie Sprague and Shelby Narike, Komen St. Louis Public Relations & Marketing interns, Summer 2015

I discovered the Komen internship opportunity because I was desperately trying to make sense of why I had breast cancer. After beginning my internship, I have learned that the why is unimportant; the how is what matters. How is this going to shape me? How am I going to use this? How am I going to make something good out of this?

I decided to make something positive out of my diagnosis by interning with Susan G. Komen, an organization that diligently fights the very breast cancer that rattled my life and continues to rattle the lives of others.

In the weeks leading up to June 13, 2015, I assisted the wonderful women of Susan G. Komen St. Louis in preparation for the 17th Annual Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure as a public relations and marketing intern. Lexie, my fellow intern, and I were warmly welcomed into the Komen St. Louis office. These first few weeks as an intern are a caffeine-fueled blur in my mind. My coworkers are magical women who somehow manage infinite tasks to insure the Race runs smoothly. Lexie and I tried our best to assist in anything and everything Race-related.

Lexie and I arrived in Downtown St. Louis at 5 am with eager anticipation of the day we had both only experienced vicariously through the memories of our coworkers. The office attire had been jeans and purple Komen Committee T-shirts all week long, but on Saturday, I transitioned from my well-worn purple tee to the pink shirt of survivors. Race Day was one day shy of the six “monthiversary” of my bilateral mastectomy and breast reconstruction. I put on my pink shirt with a brief wave of emotion at how far I had come.

Shelby and co-intern Lexie pink-ing their hair before dawn on Race day 2015

Shelby and co-intern Lexie pink-ing their hair before dawn on Race day 2015

I was diagnosed with stage one invasive ductal breast cancer on December 19, 2014 while home in St. Louis for winter break during my junior year at Tulane University. I was only 20 years old. My cancer experience has been a lucky one. I did not have to suffer through chemotherapy or radiation. At 21 years old now, I am cancer-free.

Wearing the pink survivor T-shirt was a big step for me. I spent the first few months of 2015 avoiding people. I do not mind talking about my situation, but I struggled to deal with people’s initial reactions. I felt an irrational guilt for watching people worry about me. I would much rather have cancer than have to watch someone I love have cancer. I know my loved ones feel the exact same way about me…they would rather be sick than have me be sick. I dreaded making people think that way.

St. Louis can feel so small to the point of always seeing someone who you know everywhere you go. I was sick of going out and having people ask me why I was not in New Orleans at school. I hated catching people off-guard with some variation of “Oh, yeah I’m not in school this semester because I have breast cancer. How are you?” I was tired of the shock, the sympathy, and the feeling I was ruining someone’s day. I did not want to leave my house.

Survivor Procession at the 2015 Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure

Survivor Procession at the 2015 Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure

Fast-forward a few months, and I’m leading the survivors’ procession at the Race for the Cure in front of thousands of people and multiple cameras. Helen Chesnut, Komen St. Louis executive director and breast cancer survivor, kindly asked me to join her in leading the procession. I was overwhelmed by the sea of pink-shirted survivors at the Race.

Raising money is not the only thing the Race does for those affected by the disease. The Race provides the opportunity for unity, for support, for awareness, for closure. The Race allowed me to be surrounded by survivors and loved-ones who were filled with conflicting relief, anger, hope, grief, comfort, pain, and resilience just like me. Not one person greeted me with shock or sympathy. I was greeted with immeasurable solidarity. We hugged, we shed tears, we breathed as a unified whole. It was in this moment that I found closure. I finally felt like I could close the short cancer chapter of my life.

It happened. It’s over. I’m standing here. We are standing here.

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Shelby is a senior at Tulane University majoring in public relations and English at the School of Liberal Arts. She is a member of Chi Omega.

Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure: An Intern’s Perspective

Guest Writer: Lexie Sprague, Komen St. Louis Public Relations & Marketing Intern

It’s May 18, 2015. I’m walking into the welcoming and friendly and entirely pink office that is going to be my second home for the summer. It is my first day as an intern at Komen St. Louis, so of course I am nervous beyond belief. Janet greets me as I walk in. “Hi, Lexie! It’s good to see you again. Come on back, we’re just having a staff meeting.” Oh no, I thought, a staff meeting? Was I supposed to prepare for this? As if I wasn’t nervous enough.

I walk into the back room to an intimidatingly full table, and then spot some mini donuts in the center of it. Okay, they like donuts, so they can’t be that scary. This might not be so bad. We start with introductions, and a small sense of relief washes over me as I realize I only have to remember six names. Helen, Janet, Bree, Kathy, Sandy, Shelby. I can do that. More relief as I realize how comforting it is to know Shelby is going to be interning with me, so maybe we could have some sort of intern-alliance, or maybe our office can be called Intern-Headquarters, or something fun like that. Helen begins to address us. Ooops, I interrupted my own daydream, better focus. “For the first month of your internship, we are going to be solely focused on Race for the Cure, because June 13th will be here before you know it…”

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Lexie Sprague and Shelby Narike, Komen St. Louis Public Relations & Marketing interns, Summer 2015

Lexie Sprague and Shelby Narike, Komen St. Louis Public Relations & Marketing interns, Summer 2015

Fast forward two weeks, the Race is right around the corner, and the office is in full swing (to say the least). I see so many new faces as our awesome volunteers are in and out of the office all day. Gone were the days where Shelby and I didn’t know how to work the phones, use the copy machine, and hadn’t even heard of “Convio” (the database Komen uses) before.

The phone is ringing. “Komen St. Louis, this is Lexie, how may I help you?” I walk to the back room to try and find the answer to the question this caller has. Wow, so many boxes back here, I think, just in time for me to trip over one. When did that one get there?! I finish up with the phone call, and head back to my desk to return to the stack of registrations I was just entering. Crap, where did the one I was just holding in my hand go? Janet steps out of her office and says to Shelby and me, “We’re leaving for the KSDK window around 9:20! Bring your umbrella — it’s pouring out.” What? It’s already Wednesday again? How many days in a row have I worn this purple committee shirt? Should I wash it? I momentarily flash back to yesterday’s conversation when Shelby and I had asked what time to plan on arriving on Race day. Bree had told us, “well… we’ll get to watch the sunrise together!” What could that possibly mean? Oh shoot, no time to think about that now, there’s the phone again.

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June 13. Helen was right; it got here before we knew it. Why is my alarm clock going off? Am I dreaming? It’s 4:00 am, and I’m rolling out of bed. A college student out of bed before the sun: now that’s a sight to see. My phone lights up indicating a text from Shelby, letting me know she’s here to pick me up. I walk out the front door of my apartment into the pitch black morning (is it morning yet?), my purple committee shirt nicely offset by my pink tutu. Ah, there’s Shelby’s car. We hit the road and my mind slowly becomes less fuzzy with each sip of the life-saving coffee provided by Shelby’s mom. We finally get the car parked and find our purple-shirted bosses, throw some pink chalk in our hair, and it’s go time.

Janet gives us our first task of the morning. Shelby and I are racing around the Race site (on a golf cart!), visiting each sponsor tent to make sure we can get samples of the Sponsors’ Square giveaways over to the KSDK truck for them to talk about on air. After this task was complete, we spent the next hour behind stage checking people in as they arrived for their respective stage assignments, looking around in amazement at the massive amounts of people. I momentarily got lost in my own thoughts. All of these people are here to add ammunition to the battle against breast cancer. How cool is that? Finally, the emcee announced that it was time for the survivor procession to begin.

Lexie and co-intern Shelby pink-ing their hair before dawn on Race day 2015

Lexie and co-intern Shelby pink-ing their hair before dawn on Race day 2015

I knew what the survivor procession would look like. Heck, there are pictures all over the office displaying that exact moment from previous years of the Race. But I quickly found out that I didn’t really know.

Front and center, leading this year’s survivor procession was Helen, our fearless executive director, walking hand in hand with Shelby, my ever-inspiring co-intern. This duo was the embodiment of what it means to say “breast cancer knows no boundaries.”

Following them was an absolute sea of pink. And as I stood there awestruck, I thought, this is them. Standing there watching the procession made me realize that these women, and their families, were exactly who Komen is working for. If the frenzy of work wasn’t put in each and every week, both locally and nationally, it’s a strong possibility that not all of those women would be walking in the 2015 procession. Each one of those ladies, dressed in pink, walking down the street to ‘We Are Family,’ found the strength to say “sorry cancer, you picked the wrong girl.” And having even a small, intern-level role in the lives of these women was more than enough to bring me to tears. That procession was the most moving and powerful moment I have seen in my twenty years.

The rest of the day was just as inspiring. Shelby and I found ourselves at the finish line, keeping track of winners, as well as hanging out with the Cardinals’ Wives to oversee that each breast cancer survivor got the pink rose they deserved upon crossing the finish line. Every second I spent on Race day was more than worth it, and I couldn’t believe when it was over and time to go home. I honestly thought I knew what it would be like to be so closely involved with Race for the Cure. But I realize now that I didn’t know the half of it.

That single morning changed my entire viewpoint of the weeks leading up to the Race. The phone calls we received were no longer just questions needing to be answered; each one was now one more person that was able to have an amazing experience on Race day. The forms all over the office were no longer simply registrations or donations; each one was now helping one more woman in need that will be able to go and get a mammogram. The daily whirlwind of activity around the office was no longer simply a flurry of activity; it was a group of absolutely inspiring individuals doing something about their unrelenting passion to end breast cancer forever.

I still find myself reflecting on the Race today. The day was nothing short of incredible and I know that I will be forever grateful to have had the chance to share it with everyone involved. I wholeheartedly hope it is known that whether you wore a purple committee shirt, blue volunteer shirt, or white participant shirt that day, you gave the survivors in pink the celebration that they deserved, and you are the reason that Komen is one step closer to its vision of a world without breast cancer.

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Lexie is a junior at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in marketing and psychology at the Olin Business School. She is part of the Goldman Fellows Program and is a member of the WUSTL Women’s Soccer team and Pi Beta Phi.

Komen St. Louis Race In-Person Registration and Individual Race Bib/T-Shirt Pick-up June 6, 7, 10

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Individuals who have registered for the June 13 Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure® can pick up their Race bibs and T-shirts at one of three locations on Saturday, June 6; Sunday, June 7; and Wednesday, June 10.

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

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, these are the times and locations for Race bib and T-shirt pick-up:

Saturday, June 6, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 10, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sports Authority/Brentwood – 8340 Eager Road, Brentwood, MO 63144

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

Individual Timed Run pre-registered participants can pick up their Race bibs and T-shirts at the above locations and times. Individual Timed Run participants also have the option of picking up their Race bibs and T-shirts at one of four Fleet Feet Sports locations on June 6 and 7, as well as registering for the Race in person:

Fleet Feet/Chesterfield (June 6 & 7) – I-64 & Boone’s Crossing; in Chesterfield Commons

Fleet Feet/Des Peres (June 6 & 7) – 11731 Manchester Rd., Des Peres, MO 63131

Fleet Feet/St. Charles (June 6 & 7) – 3813 Mexico Rd., St. Charles, MO 63303

Fleet Feet/South County (June 6 & 7) – 12494 Tesson Ferry Rd., St. Louis, MO 63128

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

Online registration for the 17th Annual Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure continues at www.komenstlouis.org/Race. Individuals also can register in person at the Race site on Saturday, June 13, beginning at 6:30 a.m.

The social media hashtag for the Race is #KomenSTLRace.

The Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure is Komen St. Louis’ signature fundraising event, raising funds for the local fight against breast cancer, celebrating breast cancer survivors and honoring those who have lost their lives to the disease.

Visit www.komenstlouis.org to learn more about Susan G. Komen St. Louis and its year-round mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure Fundraising Made Easy

Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure® participants are the foot soldiers in the fight to end breast cancer. Help strengthen the fight by taking your participation one step further with fundraising.

If you are registered for the Race, you automatically received your own fundraising web page. You can even personalize it. Get started by logging into the Participant Center in the upper right hand corner of the Komen St. Louis Race website.

Although registration fees are not tax-deductible, donations are! Here are a few easy fundraising ideas to get you started:

Loose change adds up!

Loose change adds up!

Make a flyer encouraging colleagues to empty out their pockets or bring in loose change from the house to be donated. You can put out the collection jar a few times a week. Every penny counts.

Swap books for bucks

Swap books for bucks

Organize a book exchange. Ask for donations for any books your customers “purchase.” Swap books for a great cause.

Pancakes with a purpose

Pancakes with a purpose

Serve pancakes with a purpose. Host a pancake breakfast at work for your colleagues or at home for your neighbors, friends and family. Ask for donations from those who participate.

A refreshing fundraising idea

A refreshing fundraising idea

Children can set up a good-ol’ lemonade stand for donations too.

Send an email blast. Encourage friends, family and colleagues to donate just $17 each in honor of the 17th Annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure. Donations will be just a click away.

Find 101 more fundraising ideas here.

Your Race registration fee makes a difference, and additional fundraising helps make a larger impact against the disease. Your extra fundraising efforts allow Komen St. Louis to provide even more funding for local, life-saving breast cancer screening, breast health education, patient support services and breast cancer research.

We encourage you to have FUN fundraising for Komen St. Louis. Fundraising more than just the Race registration fee fuels the fight against breast cancer.

If every Komen St. Louis Race participant raised $100, the local fight against breast cancer could be $3 million strong.

Let’s make it happen. Let’s all take one step closer to the end of breast cancer.

Find more fundraising information here.