Posted on February 11, 2015 by Komen OC
Did you know? African American women are 55 percent more likely to be diagnosed at a late stage of breast cancer and 44 percent more likely to die from the disease. In honor of Black History Month, an annual observance each February to honor and remember important people and events in African history, Komen Orange County is spreading the word about its efforts to end breast cancer in African American women and men. Komen Orange County, along with the seven California Affiliates, have partnered for an intensive multiyear effort called Circle of Promise. With Circle of Promise, Komen Orange County hopes to activate the community to help improve breast cancer outcomes in African Americans. Circle of Promise is a breast cancer resource and awareness program that further engages black women and men in the fight against breast cancer. Do you want to get involved in Circle of Promise for Black History Month?
Here’s what you can do:
- Know your risk. Learn about your family health history. Know how your breasts look and feel and report any changes to your health care provider.
- Talk with your doctor. Talk to your health care provider about your own personal risk and ask which screening tests are right for you.
- Get a mammogram. Have a clinical breast exam every three years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40.
- Make healthy lifestyle choices. Living a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise may reduce your risk of breast cancer.
Together, we’re working towards our mission to decrease breast cancer mortality among African American women and men by increasing breast health awareness and access to mammography screenings. See what the Circle of Promise is doing in your community: http://californiacircleofpromise.org/.
Filed under: Breast Health News, Komen Orange County Affiliate News | Tagged: black history month, breast cancer, breast health, Circle of Promise, mammograms | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 27, 2015 by Komen OC
Calling all amusement park lovers! We’re teaming up with Knott’s Berry Farm again for the second annual “Knott’s for the Cure” to raise funds for breast cancer education, treatment and research! Knott’s is offering discounted “Pink Tickets” and limited edition “pink” merchandise now through March 27 to support our mission of ending breast cancer forever. Stop by the park and enjoy Knott’s world class entertainment, attractions and Komen-inspired décor – all for a great cause.
Our partnership with Knott’s aims to raise awareness in Orange County – and within the Latina community – where women are 20 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than non-Hispanics. By teaming up with Knott’s we hope to reach this important population, to provide life-saving mammograms and treatment options to reduce those numbers.
Last year, the “Pink Partnership” raised nearly $100,000 and with your help we hope to raise even more in 2015! 75 percent of funds raised are invested in local breast health needs and services; the remaining 25 percent benefit the Komen Award and Research Grant Program to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research.
Join Snoopy, Charlie Brown and all the Peanut characters as advocates committed to the fight against breast cancer! We’ll see you at the park!
For Knott’s theme park information, including hours of operation, please visit www.knotts.com or call (714) 220-5200.
Follow and join the conversation on social media by using #KnottsPink and stay tuned for upcoming initiatives!
Filed under: breast health education, Community Outreach, Fundraising Events, Komen Orange County Affiliate News | Tagged: breast cancer, Knott's Berry Farm, komen | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 7, 2015 by Komen OC
At Komen, we’re all about an active lifestyle, and what better way than to kick off the New Year with a healthy, new you. Komen Orange County has once again teamed up with the OC Marathon and we need your support in joining our team to raise funds toward the fight against breast cancer! In addition to raising critical funds, we are focusing on health and wellness to achieve our fitness goals at this year’s marathon. Team Komen’s top marathon training tips include:
- Staying hydrated
- Setting realistic goals
- Being patient with yourself
- Eating a healthy breakfast to start your metabolism
- Running a dress-rehearsal at the course
Join us! You’ll have plenty of time to train with the marathon taking place on May 3, but it’s never too soon to register and fundraise. In fact, if you register for Team Komen and raise $125 by Jan. 20, you’ll get free entry into the marathon for a friend or family member! Don’t miss out on this opportunity.
Not up for a full marathon? OC Marathon also offers a half marathon and 5K for those who aren’t quite ready for the 26.2 mile race.
Last year, Komen Orange County raised more than $6,500 at the OC Marathon to help fund breast health education programs, research and treatment services. This year, we need your help to exceed our goal of $10,000.
Are you ready to join? Contact us at 714-957-9157 ext. 30 or email@example.com be a part of Team Komen. Cheers for the New Year!
Filed under: Community Outreach, Donations, Fundraising Events, health and fitness, Komen Orange County Affiliate News | Tagged: breast cancer, health, komen oc, marathon, new year, oc marathon, team komen | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 24, 2014 by Komen OC
Last week, we held a private reception to honor Race teams who collectively raised more than $765,000 at the 2014 Race for the Cure in Newport Beach. We invited team captains, co-captains and their teammates to join us for a special evening in Newport Beach to thank them for their dedication and ongoing support to Komen OC’s mission. We handed out special awards to the teams that raised the most money (Bank of America/Merrill Lynch), had the most team members (CHASE for the Cure) and had the highest fundraising rookie team (Sparkle Shine Survive!, award sponsored by Angels Baseball).
2014 Race Chair, Doug McKay, attended the event to thank the teams for working so hard to make this year’s Race for the Cure a great success. Teams were also given awards by categories including Top 3 Large Corporate Teams, Top 3 Small Corporate Teams and Top 3 Nonprofit Teams. Each team received a commemorative plaque.
Race teams make up nearly 40 percent of the funds raised from the 2014 Race for the Cure. This money goes directly towards providing no-cost mammograms, urgent diagnosis, breast health education and outreach in Orange County and groundbreaking breast cancer research to find a cure. For a complete list of top Race teams, visit http://bit.ly/1HslZFu. Congratulations again to all of our top teams!
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Posted on October 27, 2014 by Komen OC
It’s the last week of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s important to remember that your year round support is crucial to finding a cure for this devastating disease. We are so grateful for the continued community support and donations that we have received throughout the month. Fundraising for Race for the Cure will continue until Oct. 31, and we are on track to exceed our goal of $2 million. After October, we must maintain our momentum – to continue raising funds and awareness for breast cancer throughout the year.
Looking for ways to stay involved? Try these tips:
- Volunteer –Volunteers assist with outreach, education, office-based projects and special events year round. Without volunteers, we would not have the manpower to advance Komen’s promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Need more info or ready to volunteer? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Advocate – Komen OC’s advocates act as the voice for over 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. We need your help with our mission to translate the Komen promise into action at all government levels. Sign up to become an advocate at: http://sgk.mn/ZK20QF
- Donate – Your donations make a huge difference. Every dollar donated helps us make an impact; whether you skip your daily coffee, pass on buying that new outfit, or watch a movie at home instead of going out, your funds will help save lives. Join us in the fight against breast cancer by visiting: http://bit.ly/1tmKjlY
- Fundraise – Many organizations host events and activities throughout the year with proceeds benefiting Komen Orange County. You can participate in an activity that you and your family can enjoy, while supporting a good cause. You can shop for the cure, play in a golf tournament, rally for a cure, start a bake sale or even host a jewelry party with proceeds benefitting the fight against breast cancer! Find out how to start your next fundraiser today: http://bit.ly/ZK3ev9
These tips are just some of the many ways to get involved with Komen OC. We’re so grateful that Breast Cancer Awareness Month was full of fun events that helped raise critical funds for breast cancer including support from: Mode-ology’s Shop for a Cause, Chevron’s Driven to Find a Cure and Orange County Polo Club’s Ladies Night Polo Match. While we can’t mention all of our wonderful supporters here, we’re grateful to all those who held events, fundraisers, and in-store promotions this month to advance our mission.
Seventy-five percent of the funds raised through Komen Orange County are invested in local breast cancer awareness and education programs including breast self-examination classes, medical and diagnostic services for uninsured and underinsured women, and other community needs through grants to community breast health organizations. The remaining 25 percent is dedicated to the Komen Award and Research Grant Program to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research. For more information, visit www.komenoc.org.
Filed under: 2014 Race for the Cure, breast health education, Breast Health News, Community Outreach, Donations, Fundraising Events, Shop for the Cure, Volunteers | Tagged: breast cancer, breast cancer awareness month, donate, volunteer | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 17, 2014 by Komen OC
Nowadays, it seems like we’re all touched by breast cancer. You may know a friend with the disease, or a family member who survived the great fight against breast cancer. Carmelita “The Jet” Jeter, a three-time Olympic medalist, has close ties to the breast cancer community and a family history, having lost her aunt and cousin to the disease. As an influential personality, Carmelita is using her personal experience to raise awareness for this disease and to speak up for the women and men that are fighting the battle against breast cancer every day. This year, Carmelita will be sounding the official starting horn and sharing her ties to breast cancer at the 2014 Komen Orange County Race for the Cure on Sept 28.
Not only is Carmelita an ambassador for the Susan G. Komen® Circle of Promise California Initiative, a statewide campaign to address breast cancer disparities in the African American community, but she has also been involved with several other breast cancer initiatives throughout her career. Our hope is that Carmelita can inspire each of us to stand up against breast cancer – to help save lives and end breast cancer forever.
Are you interested in meeting Carmelita Jeter before the Race and joining Komen Orange County in the fight to end breast cancer in our community? Come out to the Registration Tent on Saturday, Sept 20, at 9:45 a.m. for a special “meet and greet” with Carmelita.
Or sign up online for this year’s Race and find out more information about the big day at www.komenoc.org/race.
Filed under: 2014 Race for the Cure | Tagged: breast cancer, carmelita jeter, komen, olympics, race for the cure 2014 | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 8, 2014 by Komen OC
We kicked off our first #OCTutuTour on the steps of the Pacific Life building yesterday to raise awareness and support for our 23 annual Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure®. More than 30 tutu-clad Orange County business executives, volunteers, Race team members and residents with “I Tutu for…” signs joined together to bring awareness to the importance of breast health and encourage registration for the 2014 Race for the Cure. Pink Tie Guys, Khanh Tran and Ed Arnold made appearances in their pink tutus to help support Susan G. Komen Orange County and the OC Tutu Tour! It was a “Sea of Pink,” as the lively crowd of women, men and children donned pink tutus and energetically rallied for registrants.
Khanh Tran, President of Pacific Life, leading the way at the Tutu Tour kick-off
The goal is to take pictures of as many people (men, women and children) in pink tutus highlighting why they Race for the Cure to share via social media with hashtag #OCTutuTour. Several notable personalities have agreed to join our Tutu Tour, including E! News host, Ali Fedotowsky, Twitch Boss from So You Think You Can Dance and some of the Real Housewives of OC.
Those interested in sporting pink tutus to support the #OCTutuTour and bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer are encouraged to participate. Need a tutu? No problem. Email us at email@example.com and we’ll get one to you. Race for the Cure Team Captains can use tutu photos to inspire their team members, and Corporate Teams are encouraged to ask company executives to pose for a tutu photo to demonstrate support and team-building. Send us your tutu pictures today and don’t forget to hashtag #OCTutuTour!
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