Join the Local Fight Against Breast Cancer at the Susan G. Komen Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure® on October 9


Give strength to the local fight against breast cancer by participating in or donating to the 7th Annual Susan G. Komen Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure®. The fundraiser takes place Sunday morning, Oct. 9, in Flat Branch Park in historic downtown Columbia. Register online at

The Komen Mid-Missouri Race raises funds for the local fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivors and honors those who have lost their lives to the disease.

The funds raised at the Komen Mid-Missouri Race 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 lifesaving breast cancer screening, breast health education and patient support programs. The remaining 25 percent funds cutting-edge, global breast cancer research.

The Race includes a 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun walk. For more serious runners or those pursuing personal fitness goals, the timed run offers electronic timing and a separate starting corral. Participants can form or join teams in honor or memory of a loved one to make an even greater impact. Those who cannot attend in person may choose the Sleep In for the Cure option.

The Komen Mid-Missouri Race supports Komen Missouri’s year-round mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever. The support of the community is vital to the continued local impact of the Komen Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure.

Support from Komen Mid-Missouri Race sponsors helps ensure more money can go directly to the fight against breast cancer. The 2016 platinum sponsors are KRCG TV 13 and Cumulus Radio. Gold sponsors are the Missourian and The Networks of Mid-Missouri. The Columbia Daily Tribune is a Bronze sponsor. Pewter sponsors include Boone Hospital Center, Gerbes, Inside Columbia, Joe Machens Dealerships, and Missouri Cancer Associates. The Workout Sponsor is Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

Registration for the 2016 Komen Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure is open through Race day at All Race registration fees, fundraising dollars and donations help give strength to the fight against breast cancer.

My Race for the Cure Impressions

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

This year’s Susan G. Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure® was the first Race for the Cure that I have ever attended. I had heard of some of my friends participating in honor of their family members who have battled breast cancer, but I had never physically gone to the Race. From pictures and videos of previous years, the Race had seemed like an incredible experience and event. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to take part in planning the event this year.

As a new member of the team, I had been anticipating the Race for the weeks I had been in the office. At Komen Missouri, there is so much preparation before the Race between new registrations, T-shirts, sponsors and beyond. Also, there were many people working endless hours to ensure that the Race was going to be a successful event. I was amazed by the dedication and commitment that the committee members and volunteers put into the Race.


Sarah (right) and Janet before the sunrise on Komen Greater St. Louis Race Day 2016

The Friday before the Race was a preparation day. It consisted of long hours in the heat, heavy lifting, and a lot of teamwork. I focused on helping our sponsors get settled at their tent sites on Sponsors’ Row. By the end of the day, we were all exhausted, but we knew that our hard work would pay off in the morning. Needless to say, I was thrilled to see it all come together Saturday morning.

I arrived at the Race site around five am on Saturday morning. Even though I am not the biggest morning person, I could hardly wait to get to the site on Race Day. There were a large number of volunteers setting up the site such as the Survivor Pavilion and the Main Stage. I got see behind the stage, which was a really exciting experience. I also had to the opportunity to meet with the Pink Tie Guys and many of our top sponsors before they went on stage.

I think the most memorable moment of the Race was the Survivor Procession. It was very inspirational to see all of the pink shirts representing the battle and defeat of breast cancer. I loved seeing our executive director, Helen Chesnut, leading the procession. She has been a survivor for 10 years now. Watching and cheering on the survivors was a very emotional moment for me. I was able to see so much strength from our community all dressed in pink.

I also had the opportunity to stand at the finish line with last spring’s intern, Claire. Our role was to get the names of the timed participants who finished first in different categories. It was amazing to see the intense effort that the runners put into the race. It was clear to see that they put every ounce of energy into finishing the race. Their hard work represented the ongoing fight to end breast cancer for good.

Now that the Greater St. Louis Race is over, I am extremely excited to help plan our next events, including the Komen Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure in Columbia, where I will be in the fall, finishing my last year at Mizzou. I cannot wait to get my collegiate friends and peers involved with the upcoming events in Columbia.


Help Finish the Race Strong!

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 Registration + Packet Pickup


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

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.

Race Bibs and T-Shirts

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

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.”

Kim Beard-Morris

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

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


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!


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!

Introducing Susan G. Komen® Missouri!


We are thrilled to share exciting news!

Susan G. Komen® St. Louis and Susan G. Komen® Mid-Missouri are joining forces to make a bigger impact in the local fight against breast cancer and will operate as one entity: Susan G. Komen® Missouri. At the same time, we are expanding our service area to include five additional counties not previously served by Komen. Komen Missouri will serve 31 counties in Missouri and seven counties in southwestern Illinois.

We have a strong commitment to the people of Missouri and southwestern Illinois. For that reason, it made great sense to us to combine our resources as well as expand into additional counties (Gasconade and Monroe in Missouri and Bond, Calhoun and Jersey in Illinois).

Our mission drives all we do, and with this change we are continuing to put our mission and the people we serve first. As Komen Missouri, we will now have greater potential to strengthen our presence and our impact in the local fight against breast cancer. We will maximize grant funding to local breast health programs to help even more women and men across Missouri and southwestern Illinois access the best resources to find breast cancer early and then beat the disease.


As Komen Missouri, we will continue to fund breast cancer screening, breast health education and patient navigation and support services to local women and men who are most at risk and most in need, while also funding cutting-edge breast cancer research.

Our consolidated organization will combine staff and volunteer leadership, grant-making relationships and fundraising capacities to strengthen our operations, with the overall goal of maximizing the resources and support available for the entire – and now larger – service area.

Key Information About Komen Missouri

  • Komen Missouri will operate from two offices, one in Greater St. Louis, based in Olivette, and one in Mid-Missouri, based in Columbia
  • Each local Race for the Cure® will continue. The 2016 Greater St. Louis Race is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, in downtown St. Louis. The Mid-Missouri Race will take place in Columbia in fall 2016.
  • Helen Chesnut, executive director of Komen St. Louis, will serve as executive director of Komen Missouri
  • Renee Hall, board president of Komen St. Louis, will serve as president of Komen Missouri’s board of directors.
  • Komen Missouri’s service area includes Adair, Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Franklin, Gasconade, Howard, Jefferson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Perry, Randolph, St. Charles, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis City, St. Louis, Warren and Washington counties in Missouri; and Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties in Illinois

Komen Missouri staff and volunteers will continue to focus on the most important aspect of our work – translating the generosity of the people in our community into funds for programs and resources that will help save lives and end breast cancer forever.

Together with your continued support, we will make an impact in the local fight against breast cancer.

Same Mission. Same Races. More Places. New Name: Susan G. Komen Missouri.


2016 Race for the Cure T-shirt Design

TShirtContest_612x612_WinnerHere it is: the official 2016 Race for the Cure T-shirt that you helped pick! The winning T-shirt designer is Simona Gentile from Rome. Italy. Thank you to all who voted.

Save the date for the 2016 Komen St. Louis Race: Saturday, June 11.