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Thank you to our valuable volunteers!

Happy National Volunteer Week to all of our dedicated Susan G. Komen Orange County volunteers!  Thank you for your constant support and for being a crucial part of our team. Your unwavering dedication and invaluable donation of your time is a key reason that Komen OC is the strong, longstanding organization that it is today.

Last year alone, we received more than 30,000 hours of in-kind support, and our Race for the Cure teams collectively raised more than $400,000 for local breast health initiatives and global research.

 

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Race for the Cure 2013

 

We still have exciting volunteer opportunities coming up this year, including opportunities to help with Pink Tie Ball on May 10 and preparing for the 2014 Race for the Cure. For more information on how to get involved with Komen OC, email volunteer@komenoc.org.

Why Komen?

Many professionals view board service as a rewarding way to share their skill sets and talents with nonprofits that serve a particular mission that they feel passionately about. This April, Susan G. Komen Orange County will welcome two new prominent leaders to its 2014-2015 board of directors, to help advance its local breast health initiatives. Dr. Robina Smith, breast cancer surgeon and oncology specialist at St. Jude Medical Center, and Joseph Stein, founder of Simply Innovate LLC will join Komen OC’s existing team of esteemed advocates and share how their dedication to Komen’s mission is rooted in their personal experiences with breast cancer.

Dr. Robina Smith

Dr. Robina Smith

Dr. Smith chose to pursue a fellowship to specialize solely in oncoplastic breast surgery – an innovative surgical technique that combines advanced cancer surgery with plastic surgery techniques. Her mission: to save the lives of women and men affected by breast cancer, and to help them overcome and face any challenges through their journey.

To be at the forefront of a movement that is changing the lives of women who are often voiceless, is priceless,” stated Dr. Smith.

Dr. Smith is a passionate advocate for the Komen cause and hopes to advance initiatives that help African American women – like herself – receive the treatment and diagnosis they require.

Joseph Stein

Joseph Stein

At 13 years old, Stein lost his mother to breast cancer. Nearly 15 years ago, he also lost his sister to the disease. During a heart wrenching funeral, he witnessed his sister’s children having to handle the loss of their mother. He feels that no child should have to endure the loss of a parent, and hopes that through Komen’s initiatives, this will one day become a reality. Stein draws hope from the advances being made in breast cancer research funded largely in part by Komen’s efforts, and continues to draw inspiration from friends and family members who have survived the disease.

Each board member at Komen OC possesses a passion and drive necessary in advancing Komen’s mission of serving women and saving lives. We are thrilled to have two dedicated community leaders join the 2014-2015 board of directors and can’t wait to see what the new year holds!

A Special Valentine’s Day Giveaway: Win Free Tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm!

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As a part of its two-month partnership with Knott’s Berry Farm, Susan G. Komen Orange County is excited to announce that it is giving away pairs of tickets to California’s best amusement park, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Starting today, we are offering Komen Orange County supporters a chance to win five pairs of tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm. Nothing says romance quite like cotton candy, arcade games and exhilarating rollercoaster rides! In order to enter the contest simply like our Facebook and/or Twitter pages and share and re-tweet the messages below. No need to worry if February 14th has snuck up on you, we could have you covered this year!

Facebook:

  • We are excited to announce a special giveaway to @KnottsBerryFarm, this week only! Be entered to win free #KnottsPink tickets in time for #ValentinesDay, when you LIKE Komen OC’s Facebook page and share this post! #Giveaway

Twitter:

  • Follow @KomenOC and RT to win #KnottsPink tickets in time for #ValentinesDay!

Earlier this month, Knott’s Berry Farm and Komen Orange County announced its partnership and launched with an exciting kickoff event at the famous park with some of our daring breast cancer survivors enjoying a spin on the Pony Express rollercoaster!

During the promotion, which ends March 31, Knott’s Berry Farm is offering a special “pink ticket” at a reduced price, and a portion of the proceeds from tickets and pink merchandise will be donated directly to Komen OC.  At the start of the partnership, Knott’s Berry Farm also committed $50,000 to Komen Orange County, and hopes to give even more by the end of March!

We can’t think of better advocates to have than all of the Peanuts characters — and are grateful to Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Knott’s Berry Farm for the support in helping to end breast cancer. Make sure to enter to win the tickets on Facebook and Twitter by Thursday at midnight! The five winners will be announced on our Facebook and Twitter pages on Friday.

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Fighting for a Cure, 365 Days a Year

Battling breast cancer takes strength and courage, but it’s important to know that you’re not alone. This year, through admissions from celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Sharon Osborne, we learned that breast cancer can affect anyone. It is what we do when we find out that we are entering into a battle against cancer that can be the greatest determining factor of our success. However, the biggest difference between celebrities and the rest of us, aside from the fame, is the fortune.

Unfortunately, many women struggle to find the funds they need to receive tests and treatments necessary to fight – or prevent – this vicious disease. That’s why we created “Diagnostics 365” – a campaign that was created to fund diagnostic tests like biopsies and ultrasound guided mammograms—that uninsured women need to find out if they have breast cancer.

This year we were given more than $2.1 million to support breast health and cancer programs. At this year’s Grants Award Breakfast, we awarded more than $1 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations who are committed to serving local women in the community in the fight against breast cancer. Programs like these are made possible as a result of the funds donated to our Komen OC affiliate, to ensure life-saving breast health care services are accessible to all women in our community regardless of age, race, orientation or income level.

We are here to make sure than anyone who has 

breast cancer and needs help, gets help”.

  –Sue Parks, 2012 Board President

Last year, we took on the 3200 Mammogram Challenge, and it was wildly successful. We were able to help more than 2,400 women in Orange County alone, receive this vital exam. This year we want to extend another challenge through our Diagnostics 365 initiative. We have already helped more than 700 women in our community receive these diagnostics tests, and we invite you to support women in need for the next 365 days, and for many years to come. For more information on Diagnostics 365 and opportunities to get involved, visit http://ow.ly/s35TH.

Photo Courtesy of Margaret Soss, Komen OC Grants Award Breakfast 2013

Celebs Give Gift of Song For Komen OC on #GivingTuesday

We just celebrated a day of thanks and what has become a long weekend of in-store and online holiday deals. Today, join us as we celebrate #GivingTuesday™ – a day of giving back.

Komen Orange County has launched its second holiday jingle campaign today on YouTube which features a handful of familiar faces – some new and some previous Komen holiday jingle participants – generously donating their time and voices to sing about funding mammograms to the tune of “Jingle Bells.”

Last year’s jingle helped Komen OC net a 53 percent increase in donations during the holiday season. This year, we are confident that with your help, this campaign will make an even greater impact in our community!

So, take a minute, close your email and put down those holiday shopping lists. Lend your eyes and ears to this clever video which we hope will raise awareness and funds for life-saving mammograms this holiday season:

Who do you think belted the best? Consider making a donation today at http://www.komenoc.org/jingle. For every $125, Komen OC can provide a no-cost mammogram to an underserved or uninsured woman in Orange County.

Visit our partner page at Giving Tuesday to learn more about our #GivingTuesday campaign.

This year’s holiday jingle was created by our marketing communications and public relations firm, HKA, Inc. Marketing Communications with filming and editing generously provided by Contexture International.

Providing Free Mammography Screenings for Orange County Residents

The Mobile Unit Photo courtesy of Orange Coast College School of Photography

The Mobile Unit
Photo courtesy of Orange Coast College School of Photography

Susan G. Komen Orange County is always looking for ways to benefit women in need in the local community and has found another way to do just that. During the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Komen Orange County, in partnership with Northgate Gonzalez Markets and YWCA North Orange County, provided women with limited healthcare options a chance to get free mammography screenings and breast exams. The screenings were held in convenient, accessible locations throughout Orange County – in Buena Park, Santa Ana and Anaheim.

Komen Orange County found a unique way of bringing these free mammography screenings to women who do not have access to convenient healthcare. By partnering with Alinea Medical Imaging, we were able to debut a mobile digital mammography unit at the free screening in Anaheim on October 28.

This mobile unit is the first full service, self-contained mobile digital mammography unit in Southern California. It will be able to provide the best care possible to patients at these convenient events. By using a Hologic Selenia digital mammography machine, patients will be provided with high quality imaging that can also be found at top breast imaging centers. The mammography unit utilizes advanced digital technology, which means it will be more capable of detecting early signs of breast cancer. With this innovative technology, it will be able to provide exams for up to 50 patients in a day.

Throughout the three event locations, Komen Orange County was able to reach more than a thousand women and provided a total of 142 women with free breast health education and resources to increase early detection. Our mobile unit was again put to use today at an screening event at the Anaheim Whitehouse.

Breast exams and mammography screenings are an important part of your breast health and here at Komen Orange County, we strive to help women in our community be as healthy as possible!

Thank you to all who came out to participate in these screenings! Stay informed about other events with Komen Orange County by checking our website and following us on Facebook and Twitter @komenoc!

Upcoming Events:

November 7 – Free Mammography Screening – Anaheim White House. More information on our website

November 19 – The Cancer Legal Resource Center will be hosting our next breast health education series “What You Need to Know About Health Care Reform.” Check out more details here.

Komen OC’s Community Partners: Making a Difference During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Anaheim White House Restaurant Supports Komen Orange County During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

With Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) in full swing, here is a list of some of the local businesses that are helping Susan G. Komen Orange County increase awareness and funds for breast health and education programs this October.

Whether you enjoy eating, drinking, shopping or sports, there are many opportunities this month for the whole family to get involved for a great cause. Here is just a sample of some of the third-party fundraisers that will benefit Komen Orange County:

  • The Clay Oven – Irvine’s top Indian restaurant is offering a special, 3-course menu available all month with proceeds benefitting Komen OC.
  • “The Key to the Cure” – Saks Fifth Ave at South Coast Plaza is offering an Emilio Pucci-designed shirt in support of BCAM. Two percent of profits directly benefit Komen OC. Offer valid from Oct. 17 to 20.
  • Orange County Polo Club – The Polo Club in Coto de Caza will hold its third annual ladies night on Oct. 25 for Komen OC, in honor of BCAM. Admission is free. Come and enjoy the Polo action, food, silent auction and prizes!
  • JustFab – the online retailer will be donating 100 percent of sale proceeds from its Danica Pump and Honorary Guest clutch to Komen OC this month.
  • Selma’s Pizzeria – For the entire month of October, Selma’s will host a “Pink Party” and donate $1 for every item ordered to Komen OC.
  • Plumbers in Pink – Tom Moffett Plumbing is increasing awareness this month with its annual “Plumbers in Pink” promotion and will be donating $5 to Komen OC from each service.
  • The Anaheim White House – A portion of all drink sales from the restaurant’s First Lady Martini, a pink drink, will support Komen OC and its vision of a world without breast cancer.

Every bit of participation helps, so head out, visit one of our local partners this month and join us in the fight against breast cancer by doing something you enjoy! For more information on any of these promotions, and for a full list of participants, click here or visit our website for more information.

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Saks Fifth Avenue’s Emilio Pucci Designed 2013 Key to the Cure T-shirt Benefits Komen Orange County

Events during Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

  • October 17- Sign-ups For Mammography Screenings: Pre-registration is required for the mammography screenings. Sign-ups will take place between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Northgate Gonzalez Market 770 S. Harbor Blvd. Santa Ana, CA 92703
  • October 19- Sign-ups For Mammography Screenings: Pre-registration is required for the mammography screenings. Sign-ups will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Northgate Gonzalez Market 6991 Lincoln Ave.  Buena Park, CA 90620
  • October 21- Free Onsite Mammography Screenings: Appointments are necessary to participate in the mammography screenings., offered between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Northgate Gonzalez Market  770 S. Harbor Blvd. Santa Ana, CA 92703
  • October 24- Sign-ups For Mammography Screenings: Pre-registration is required for the mammography screenings. Sign-ups will take place between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Northgate Gonzalez Market 720 W. La Palma Ave. Anaheim, CA 92801
  • October 28- Free Onsite Mammography Screenings: Appointments are necessary to participate in the mammography screenings, offered between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Northgate Gonzalez Market 720 W. La Palma Ave. Anaheim, CA 92801
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