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Media Shines the Spotlight on OC Race

The Sept. 26 Race for the Cure, held at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, is on its way to helping us reach our 2010 fundraising goal of $3 million. The success of the event is due in part to the tremendous support members of the media have shown by informing their readers, listeners and viewers about the Race. We couldn’t have done it without them!

Here are just a few of the great hits we’ve received – click on any of the links to read the full story or view the galleries:

Mona Shadia from the Daily Pilot covered the Race from start to finish, writing articles on everything from the call for volunteers to the post-event fundraising results.

Photo by Peggy O'Donnell

From the Orange County Register, reporter Doug Irving wrote an inspirational article after attending the Race and interviewing several breast cancer survivors, incorporating photos taken by Mindy Schauer and a video by Eugene Garcia.

Photo by Mindy Schauer/OC Register

Roger Bloom, editor of the Newport Beach Independent, also attended the Race and took some great event photos for a full-page spread in the Oct. 1 print issue. You can check out the digital version here on page 8.

Photo by Roger Bloom/Newport Beach Independent

Thank You Orange County!

Komen OC Team with Komen CEO & Founder Nancy G. Brinker (Center) Photo courtesy of Alireza Alavian

THANK YOU for helping us make the 19th annual Komen Orange County Race for the Cure an AMAZING race and coming together to celebrate our survivors, remember those we’ve lost to this disease and to support our vision of a world without breast cancer!

Check out The Orange County Register’s coverage of the Race here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/breast-268225-pink-cancer.html

So far you’ve raised $2.7 million! Fundraising for the Race will continue through October 31 to reach the $3 million goal.

Every dollar you raise makes a difference:
$125 could be used to provide one mammogram.
$250 could be used to cover five clinical breast exams.
$500 could be used to provide five diagnostic ultrasounds.
$1000 could be used to provide 8 mammograms.

Donations may be made online at http://www.komenoc.org or mailed to:

Orange County Race for the Cure
%Time Management
P.O. Box 131314
Carlsbad,CA 92013

For more information on our programs and services call 714-957-9157.

You Are Invited

Clarient Executives Get Dunked for the Cure!

Clarient’s Dunk for the Cure event on Aug. 26 raised $1160 thanks to all the hardworking and dedicated associates! The amount is enough for nine women in need to receive mammograms.

CFO Michael Rodriguez after being dunked by Ronnie Andrews

The all-star lineup of Clarient executives and managers volunteering for the Dunk Tank included Mike Nall, Mendy Fry, Michael Rodriguez, Jack Jakubowski, Dr. Ken Bloom, Ben Adeyemi, Dave Daly, Dr. Doug Ross, Ronnie Andrews and Brian Hawthorne. Participants could try three times to knock the dunkee into the tank for $1 or eight tries for $5. A “guaranteed dunk” could be bought for $30, ensuring that the dunkee would end up in the tank of water. Pink mini-duckies were awarded to all the dunkees for different categories, which included the most money raised, the most “guaranteed dunks,” biggest splash, best legs, best “wet do” and best sport.

Clarient CCO Dave Daly, CEO Ron Andrews, VP of Sales Mike Nall and Team Clarient Capt. Jack Jakubowski

The event was held to benefit the Komen OC Race for the Cure – Team Clarient to help meet its fundraising goal of $19,000. Other events to help Team Clarient reach its goal include the Sept. 9 Soup’s On for the Cure, and the upcoming Sweets for the Cure bake sale on Sept. 17.

Accounts Payable Mgr Mendy Fry goes in from Michael Rodriguez' toss

Sleep Your Way to Finding a Cure

Sleep In on Race Day!

For those who prefer to snooze, instead of lacing up your racing shoes, please register to Sleep In for the Cure® on Race Day. This option allows you to support  Komen for the Cure from the comfort of your own bed. We will mail you a Race t-shirt and bib after the Race. Register at www.komenoc.org

Volunteers Still Needed for Komen OC Race

Registering in the 2010 Orange County Race for the Cure is not the only way Susan G. Komen for the Cure supporters can get involved in the largest and most anticipated breast cancer awareness fundraiser in Southern California. The annual Race wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who help make it a fun, successful and safe event year after year.

Nearly 1,800 volunteers are still needed for this year’s Race, taking place Sunday, Sept. 26 at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Volunteers can choose from a wide variety of jobs to suit their strength, skill set and interest. Some of these positions include monitoring the Race course and assisting participants, directing parking and traffic flow, helping out in the expo area, encouraging participants along the course, loading and unloading trucks, T-shirt distribution, and taking down and cleaning up at the end of the day. There are opportunities to volunteer even if you can’t make it out to the Race, including helping out at the Race Registration Suite at Fashion Island, which opens tomorrow, Sept. 8.

Volunteering at the Race is also a great way to get involved as a team to fulfill community service hours and contribute to a good cause. Scout troops, student clubs, charity leagues and service organizations have worked together at past Races to give back to the community and are encouraged to contact Cindy Brenneman, director of volunteer services, to find out more about how they can get involved. Cindy can be reached via email at cbrenneman@komenoc.org.

Whether you are participant or volunteer at the Sept. 26 Race, Komen OC welcomes your support and encourages you to spread the word among friends and family, raise money for the cure and recruit others to help end breast cancer forever.

Hair Today…BALD Tomorrow!

Mark Longfellow quickly raised $10,000 for the Komen OC Race for the Cure. His secret? Promising friends & family to shave his head if they helped meet his fundraising goal.  

Mark's Hair Before the $10,000 Moment!

Mark is apart of the Longfellow family who has donated their time, talents and treasures to the Komen Orange County Affiliate for many years. Mark is driven & determined to raise funds and volunteer for the cure because both of his grandmothers had breast cancer.

Mark's Shaved Head After the $10,000 Moment!

Mark’s contribution is extraordinary and the dollars he has raised will help more than 80 uninsured and underserved Orange County women receive assistance in obtaining free mammograms through the Komen Community Grants Program.

Thank you for your support Mark! You are the CURE!


The Countdown Begins!

Yes, that’s right! Our countdown begins! 26 more days until the Race for the Cure on Sunday, September 26 at Fashion Island.  Did you know, that the Race is  Orange County’s only 5K fundraising event that benefits local breast health services & resources? We are very excited and look forward to meeting our $3.1 million fundraising goal with your help.

We will open our doors to the Komen Race Registration Suite  at Fashion Island on September 8. Everyone is invited to visit the suite to register, pick up a Race T-Shirt or Survivor shirt, Race bibs and day of event information.  Click here  for store location & hours.

We are still looking for volunteers to work at our Race Suite. The Suite is a fun atmosphere with various opportunities to help  the more than 4,000 guests who will visit us at the Suite before Race Day.  To volunteer contact Cindy at cbrenneman@komenoc.org


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