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APRIL 2015

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Join Team Komen for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon -- Bypass the Lottery & Get Your Guaranteed Entry Before Tuesday, April 21st!

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Join Team Komen for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, on Sunday, October 11th! The general lottery closes on Tuesday (4/21) at noon.  Bypass the lottery by joining TEAM KOMEN and get your guaranteed entry! Spots are limited! With every step you run, you will raise needed funds for uninsured and underinsured women and men. Be a part of the fight and join our team! Learn more» 

Come for the 2015 Mother's Day Race for the Cure and Stay for the Entertainment!

MDRFTC 2014This year's Mother's Day Race for the Cure is going to have an AMAZING Post-Race show that you are not going to want to miss! Broadway Break Thru will be providing the entertainment for the Race, which will include Broadway cast members from The Book of Mormon, Beyond Words Dance Company and Broadway Break Thru's own, talented students! If you haven't already registered for the Race, don't miss this opportunity to kick start your Mother's Day!

Now Accepting Applications: Get Great Work Experience With a Summer Internship at Komen Chicago! 

Running Ribbon 96x96Looking for a great way to gain practical work experience in a fun, interesting and exciting field? Summer internship positions are available at the Komen Chicago offices. Internships run from late May through the end of September in the following areas:

  • Graphic Design Intern
  • Accounting Intern
  • Development Intern
  • Digital Communications Intern
  • Grant Writing Intern
  • Community Programs Intern
  • Race for the Cure Intern
  • Volunteer Programs Intern

Learn more»

Komen Chicago Board Member Feature

Meet Komen Chicago's New Board President Sean Tenner!

sean tennerSean Tenner has served on Komen Chicago's Board since 2007, but recently began his term as President of the Board. "Komen used to be a client of mine when I was working in Washington D.C.," Sean noted. "Seeing Komen's growth over the years has been amazing, and it's great to continue working together as part of an affiliate office."

Among Sean's many goals for Komen Chicago, he hopes to increase Komen's presence in the civic and business communities. "Not only will it get more people involved and contributing to our organization, but I also think Komen has some incredible representatives that can help to educate people about breast cancer issues."

Sean also hopes to continue pushing forward on public policy in Illinois. He has played a significant role in several state bills that have led to ensuring better standards for clinical breast exams; reducing breast cancer disparity rates in Illinois; and ensuring medical costs associated with clinical trials are covered by insurance. "We want to keep Illinois a state leader in breast cancer policy," Sean emphasized. 

In addition to continued financial growth, Sean also hopes to reach into the many, diverse communities across the Chicagoland Area to make them aware of Komen's services, as well as encourage ongoing partnerships.

When Sean is not running his consulting firm, KNI Communications, or serving Komen Chicago, he can be found enjoying Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs and Vancouver Canucks games. Welcome Sean!

Sponsor Feature

Aetna Partners with Komen Chicago to Help Build Healthier Community

Team AetnaAetna is returning as a Gold-level sponsor of the Chicago Race for the Cure, and will also be joining as a sponsor for the Lombard Race for the Cure this September. As Aetna Marketing Manager, Mike Furstenberg, highlighted, "Susan G. Komen is helping to change lives one community at a time, which aligns nicely with Aetna's vision to help transform healthcare to build healthier communities."

Mike noted that Aetna is dedicated to the communities in which we live and work. This year, Team Aetna hopes to have more than 40 walkers, runners and volunteers, in addition to their booth at the Race.

Aetna message boardLast year's Aetna booth included a message board for registrants to post why they were inspired to participate in the Race for the Cure. "We had such a strong showing and the messages posted were so heartwarming," Mike commented. "We want to inspire people to achieve their healthy goals and we're here to help."  

Look for Team Aetna and the Aetna booth at the Mother's Day Race for the Cure! For more tips on healthier living, visit aetna.com

Grantee Focus

Rush-Copley Medical Center Aids Hispanic Community in Kane County

mariana arroyoThrough its Help for You: Breast Cancer Education and Assistance program, Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora provides community outreach and education about breast health to Latina women of Kane County.

Breast Health Outreach Coordinator, Mariana Arroyo, highlighted the many ways that Rush-Copley's program educates and supports the community, including:

  • Outreach programs: By working with schools, churches, food pantries and health fairs, the team goes out into the community to provide education about breast health, risk factors, screenings, and breast cancer resources.
  • Screening Days: Every 4-8 weeks, Mariana accompanies several women to get their office visit, clinical breast exam, pap smear and mammogram all in one day. Not only does this prevent women from having to schedule multiple appointments, but it also enables them to get the support they need throughout the screening process. 
  • Support Group: Rush-Copley works with ALAS-WINGS, the Latina Association for Breast Cancer, to run a Spanish-speaking support group -- the only one of its kind in Kane County. 
  • Vouchers: The program also provides bus vouchers and medication assistance to patients who are travelling to doctor's appointments and/or the hospital for cancer treatments.
  • Navigation: A nurse navigator at the breast cancer imaging center is able to help women who receive news of an abnormal mammogram get the next level of care and treatment they require.
  • Care Plans: An oncology nurse navigator completes a survivorship care plan for every patient who has undergone treatment to ensure that they have an up-to-date and accurate file of information about their diagnosis, treatment, medications and follow-up care.
  • Support Education & Tools: The program also assists minority and low-income, newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to connect with other local patients and survivors for mentoring and support, as well as provide education and tools to empower patients during their transition from treatment to everyday living. 

Rush-Copley is a previously-funded Komen grantee, and has impacted over 200 women this year alone through their outreach programs. 

Community Partners

Celebrate an Evening of Pink at the Illinois Institute of Art!

IL Institute of Art logoThere's still time to register for The Illinois Institue of Art's "An Evening of Pink" on Thursday, April 30th, to celebrate its re-opening and launch of its new restaurant, Evolve Bistro. The event will also serve to raise breast cancer awareness; 100% of net proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen - Chicago, to fund local breast health services and global research grants. 

The event will be held from 5:30 - 8:30 pm at the Illinois Institute of Art (350 N. Orleans Street, Suite 136-L), and will include music, culinary arts demonstrations and a silent auction. Tickets are $75, and can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-351-3450. 

Get Your Heart Rate Up at the BeWell Fitness Competition for a Cure on April 25th!

Competition for the CureGet warmed up for spring by being a part of the 7th Annual Competition for a Cure, a 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run, that raises money for Susan G. Komen, sponsored by BeWell Fitness. 

The event is family friendly and can include all ages! All proceeds go directly to Susan G. Komen's breast cancer research programs. 

Please register by April 22nd to be a part of the event on April 25th at 10:00 am, at Alder Park (1500 N. Milwaukee) in Libertyville.

Register for Broadway Break Thru's Summer Intensive

BBT logoRegister for any Broadway Break Thru Summer Intensive and input “Komen” as who referred you and BBT will donate $25 for every person who registers from now until April 15, 2015.  For more information please go to www.BroadwayBreakThru.comYou can also view their video on YouTube


See "Menopause the Musical" at Komen Night on June 14th at the Copley Theatre in Aurora

Menopause the Musical

Come on out to the Copley Theatre in Aurora to see the fantastic Menopause the Musical! A block of tickets have been reserved for June 14th, so grab your friends and plan for a night of laughs! Use code “PINK” to save $5 off per ticket and $5 will be donated to Komen. Learn more» 


Sneakerskins Joins the Fight to End Breast Cancer

SneakerskinsCheck out the Susan G. Komen Chicago Sneakerskins, a decorative cover for your shoes and "Cover Up for the Cure"! Cureskins are available at local Walgreens stores or online; a portion of all proceeds will be donated to Komen Chicago.


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Register to Volunteer at the Mother's Day Race for the Cure!

Be a part of the fight against breast cancer by becoming a volunteer at the 2015 Race for the Cure on Sunday, May 10th! We have lots of great ways for you to get involved and help make a difference. Register today! Learn more»



Breast Cancer 101 Interactive Tool Offers Information, Education

Be sure to check out Susan G. Komen's Breast Cancer 101 Interactive Tool. This comprehensive program provides information and animation to fully explain the development and risk factors of breast cancer, screening and diagnosis, as well as quality of life topics. It's also available on our YouTube channel! Learn more»



Important Dates:

4/25/15: BeWell's Competition for a Cure at Alder Park in Libertyville, IL

4/30/15: An Evening of Pink at the Illinois Institute of Art.

6/14/15: Menopause the Musical at the Copley Theatre in Aurora



Did You Know
In 2014, Susan G. Komen was able to:
  • Provide nearly 500,00 breast screenings for underserved men and women;
  • Expanded its mission by engaging in programs in more than 30 countries worldwide; and 
  • Supported nearly $35 million in new medical research that will lead to more effective treatments, and one day, cure breast cancer altogether.


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