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Breast Health Education Series- Sept. 15 What You Should Know Before Your Mammogram

Women often make the mistake of assuming it doesn’t matter where you get a mammogram, as long as you get one. Yet, a mammogram is only as helpful as the accuracy with which it is performed and read. What should you look for? Join Brad Silveira, M.D., a board certified diagnostic radiologist who specializes in breast imaging, to learn what you need to know in order to receive the best possible care. Dr. Silveira will also cover additional diagnostic options – such as breast MRT and new biopsy techniques – and common scenarios for follow-up diagnosis and treatment. The standard of care for women diagnosed for women with a breast condition has improved significantly, creating excellent outcomes and high patient satisfaction.

Our next session of the Breast Health Education Series will be held on Sept. 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the St. Jude Centers for Rehabilitation and Wellness, 2767 East Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821 (Located on the corner of Imperial Hwy and Kramer). Parking is available on the backside of the building. You may enter the parking lot through the North Entrance. There is no cost for parking. Please R.S.V.P. by phone (714) 446-5301 to Elea Bautista.

My Race for the Cure: Girl Scouts of Orange County

Girl Scouts of Orange County Team #1538 is racing for the cure in honor of organization founder Juliette Gorden Low. Juliette lost her three-year battle with breast cancer in January 1927. She developed breast cancer in 1923, but continued to work diligently for the Girl Scouts throughout her journey with the disease.

Girl Scouts OC believes in educating its girls on the importance of breast health. Troop leader, Stephanie Andrews, serves as the co-captain for this year’s Race team and is leading her girls in an effort to raise $250, enough for two life-saving mammograms for an a woman in need.

Last year, 50 girls and mothers in the Girls Scout OC network participated in the Race and the troop hopes to reach the same level of participation for 2011, the 20th Annual Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure.  With 29 members recruited and $110 raised, the team is well on its way toreaching its goal. To make a donation to the Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Race for the Cure effort, visit its Race team page and help them participate in the Komen 125 Challenge!

If you would like to start your own team and help Komen Orange County end breast cancer forever, you can register online at www.komenoc.org/race. Hope to see you there on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Fashion Island in Newport Beach for our biggest and best Race yet!

Dr. Oz to be Featured at Komen OC Race for the Cure Sept. 25

This year, at the 20th Annual Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure, Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” will be the featured participant in one of the 5K races and a speaker at the survivor tribute. Dr. Oz will address 30,000+ runners and spectators expected to attend and share his commitment to educating the public about important health issues, including breast cancer.

Top fundraising participants will have an opportunity to meet with Dr. Oz in the VIP Terrace on Race day. If you haven’t signed up yet for the Race, it’s not too late! Visit our Race website to register and fundraise for a cure.

Dr. Oz is the two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” airing weekdays on ABC7 at 3 p.m beginning Monday, Sept. 12. He is also a best-selling author, having authored more than 400 original publications, book chapters and medical books, has received several patents and still regularly performs heart surgery.

Everyone at Komen OC is looking forward to hosting Dr. Oz at this year’s Race on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Fashion Island in Newport Beach!  Don’t forget to register and be a part of our 20th year!

Breast Health Education Series – Aug. 23 Emotions and Breast Cancer: Expressing, Coping, Surviving

One of the most common feelings reported by breast cancer survivors is the fear that their cancer will return. It can interfere with every aspect of life from eating, sleeping, working, and playing. It can be triggered by reminders such as follow-up visits, birthdays, someone else’s diagnosis, an ache in your body or a bump on your skin. Join Dr. Pamela Honsberger as she discusses ways to lessen emotional turmoil and the importance of developing a foundation for coping with breast cancer.

Our next session of the Breast Health Education Series will be held on Aug. 23, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kaiser Permanente, Irvine Medical Center, 5th Floor, Conference Rooms 2 and 3, 6640 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92618. Please R.S.V.P. by phone (714) 796-2660 or by e-mail Melissa.R.McGinnis@kp.org .

My Race for the Cure: Selma Mann

Selma Mann is a breast cancer survivor and Race team captain for Mann Up #1865. Read her poem to learn more about her inspiring journey. You can also donate to Selma’s team by checking out her team page.

My Breasts


I’ve had my breasts forever,

As long as I recall

At first just small brown circles

Snug and flat on my chest wall.


Around the time of puberty

They really grew a lot

I was bewildered and amazed

The boys thought I was hot.


I must admit I liked the cleavage

And how good they felt to touch

They were just the perfect size

Not too little, not too much.


When my two babies were born

A new chapter was begun

The breasts were nourishing and nurturing

Instead of just for fun.


The years were kind and gentle

They stayed perky with no slack

Unless, of course, I happened

To be lying on my back.


I loved them and was grateful

For the many joys they carried.

My husband never ceased admiring them

The whole time we were married.


Then one sad night my true love died

And they really missed his gaze.

They didn’t like the grief world

that had filled too many days.


Another story waited

Cancer sneaked in unannounced

Bilateral mastectomies

Would ensure it could be trounced..


The night before the surgery

I held them one by one

I cried yet I was grateful

For we’d had a darn good run.


For the battle to be won

There simply was no issue

The cancer was removed

along with my breast tissue


New grief was layered over old

Yet step by step I walked right through

With love and family and friends

And my soul mate’s spirit too.


Sometimes it wasn’t easy

But I really hate to lose

So I focused on the gifts

And on finding my new muse.


There have been lots of poems

And butterflies galore

My breasts don’t just have implants

They have memories and more.


I have two lovely, perky breasts

Barbie comes to mind

and when I lie upon my back

They’re certainly more kind.


I’d take my old ones in a trade

But I didn’t have that choice

So I say “thank you” and each day

I remember to rejoice.


Selma Mann


Fundraising for a Cure

The 20th anniversary wristband

In honor of its landmark year, Komen OC is encouraging participants to partake in the “Celebration Donation” by making a donation of $20 or more to celebrate the 20th Annual Race for the Cure. When supporters pledge a “Celebration Donation” at the time of registration, they will receive a limited edition commemorative 20th Annual Race for the Cure wristband.

With a 2011 goal of $3.1 million, Race participants are also encouraged to take the 125 challenge – a call-to-action for each person to raise at least $125, the average cost of a life-saving mammogram.

Calling all teams! You can sign up now at www.komenoc.org/race.

Our current list of the top 5 fundraising teams are:

1. I Survived Real Estate #2155 – Total Raised: $21,825.00

2. Jayana’s Journey #2938 – Total Raised: $5,328.00

3. Against All Odds #210 – Total Raised: $4,941.00

4. Team Grrrrrimes #1837 – Total Raised: $4,626.00

5. ADP Team #3721 – Total Raised: $3,235.00

Volunteers needed for Sept. 25 Race for the Cure!

Komen OC volunteers at the 2010 Race help distribute roses for the breast cancer survivor tribute, a touching memorial to those who we have lost and a celebration of those who have overcome the disease.

Calling all Komen supporters, breast health advocates and breast cancer survivors! If you are looking for a great way to give back to your community, consider volunteering with Komen Orange County and be a part of our 20th Annual Race for the Cure on Sunday, Sept. 25.

We are always looking for volunteers with a wide variety of interests – opportunities include everything from manning our Race Registration Suite to crowd control, volunteer check-in, T-shirt distribution and more!

If you are interested in volunteering, visit our Race Volunteer page to view all opportunities and sign up. We hope to see you there!

Share Your Story

Komen OC is looking for breast cancer survivor and co-survivor stories for the Orange County Register’s Race for the Cure section in September. If you or anyone you know has participated in the Race or is involved with Komen and might be interested in participating, please leave a comment below with your email address in the form field and we will be sure to get in touch.


A Pink Parade

Komen survivors were not hard to miss in this year’s Huntington Beach fourth of July parade. The team of survivors, family and supporters were dressed in pink while the Komen pink golf cart led the way. Our Komen volunteers helped spread the word to register for the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure, on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

The Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade

Pink Meets Red, White & Blue: Komen OC To March in HB Fourth of July Parade

Komen survivors and supporters marching in the 2010 Fourth of July Parade

Komen walked in the Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade for the first time last year and was overwhelmed by the warm reception of the crowd in support of the breast cancer survivors. The crowd clapped and voiced their encouragement so enthusiastically that some of the survivors were brought to tears of joy.

For the 2011 parade, Komen will once again be marching with a team of survivors, family, supporters and advocates dressed in pink alongside the Komen Pink Golf Cart driven by our very own executive director, Lisa Wolter.  You won’t miss our pretty in pink group amongst the sea of red, white and blue. Komen volunteers will be on site to distribute information to anyone up who is eager to pre-register for the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure, to be held Sunday, Sept. 25 at Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

To participate in the parade, please RSVP to Cindy B, at cbrenneman@komenoc.org. Once you have committed we will give you detailed instructions and a map on where the parade starts and ends.

For more Race details please visit www.komenoc.org/race or call (714) 957-9157.