Get Moving Now

Feel strong by September 26

Get up and start moving now! There is still time for you to get in shape to walk or run in the Komen Orange County Race for the Cure on Sunday, September 26. Or maybe your goal is to reach a faster pace. One great resource for you is New Balance Athletic Shoe, one of the national sponsors of Race for the Cure for the past 19 years. New Balance has shoes to help you get started – both for walking and running – as well as encouragement on how to kick up your existing exercise program. www.newbalance.com/komen/

New Balance and ExerciseTV have teamed up to create the Pink Ribbon Workout. This series, which features workouts as well as breast health tips, is the first specifically designed to help runners and walkers train for these events. http://www.exercisetv.tv/PinkRibbon/

We’ll see you at the Race. Until then, we’d love to hear about your training and how moving makes you feel healthier.

Share the Book

It was a simple, heart-felt promise, sister to sister. But that promise changed the life of Nancy Brinker and lead to the global non-profit organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “When Suzy died, my life’s work was born. Her meaning became my mission,” is how Nancy describes it in her memoir “Promise Me.”

“Promise Me” is the story of Nancy’s relationship with her sister Susan, her words to her  dying sister, and the 30-year-long mission to change the way the world thought of, spoke of, and treated breast cancer. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is now the largest private funder of breast cancer research.

The book will be released nationwide on September 14. If you preorder a copy now from any U.S. based-online retailer, Komen for the Cure will send a free, limited edition signed copy to your sister, or anyone else you designate. The directions on how to order the book and get your free copy are at www.PromiseMebyNancyGBrinker.com By sharing the memoir with someone you love, you can be part of the global movement to end breast cancer.

If you get the book delivered by the release date, you’ll have enough time to read it before Ambassador Nancy Brinker comes to Newport Beach on Sunday, September 26, to be part of the Komen Orange County Race for the Cure. Register now at www.komenoc.org.

To whet your appetite for the book, and to understand the importance of Komen for the Cure, there is an interview with Nancy Brinker in the June issue of More magazine http://www.more.com/2050/18109-her-sister-s-keeper

Million Dollar Milestone

Cindy Thomsen is thankful her breast cancer was detected early. She took that feeling of being lucky and turned it into more than a million dollars – to be used helping other women in their fights against breast cancer. Cindy’s message about early detection was woven into her “Million Dollar Milestone” on July 26 when her golf tournament — Reds, Whites and Greens Charity Golf Classic – officially raised over one million dollars since it started in 2003. The eighth annual golf tournament raised $193,605 dollars on July 26, bringing its total donation to the Orange County Affiliate of Komen for the Cure to $1,057,605.

The celebration after a day of golf at the Newport Beach Country Club has highlighted by a standing ovation for Cindy and her committee, a champagne toast, a taped message of congratulations from Ambassador Nancy Brinker, the founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and in-person thanks from Eric Brinker, son of Nancy Brinker and nephew of Susan G. Komen.

There was a lively auction, hugs and a gift for every breast cancer survivor in the audience, but also heart-felt remarks from Christine Romer, a survivor who was diagnosed at the age of 28, and a poignant tribute to Victoria Ahrentzen, who died this month from breast cancer.

Cindy was 33 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. At 37 her cancer came back, but she still felt lucky. She was sure her early detection improved her chances. To celebrate her end of treatment, she founded the Reds, Whites and Greens golf event. It was a way to combine her love of wine and golf, and to raise money and awareness for breast cancer and Komen for the Cure. We send a million thanks to Cindy and her committee, the sponsors and golfers who made the Million Dollar Milestone come true.