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MAY 2015

In this issue:

The Rain Couldn't Stop the 2015 Mother's Day Race for the Cure From Shining!

2015 MDRFTC Start LineDespite the rain and chilly temperatures, over 8,000 runners, walkers, sponsors, grantees and volunteers participated in the 18th Annual Chicago Race for the Cure!

Race emcees Zoraida Sambolin, from NBC5, and Dr. Sheri Phillips, national spokesperson for 3Day for the Cure, kicked off the morning at Butler Field in Grant Park. Approximately $1 million was raised, but the books are still open! Donations for the Mother's Day Race for the Cure can be submitted through June 30th! Donate here» 

If you participated in the Race, don't forget to complete Race Survey to be eligible to win a $25 Walgreens gift card!

Join Team Komen and Be a Part of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 11th!

Marathon for the Cure logoThere's still time to join Team Komen and run in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 11th! If you would like to participate in this incredible 26.2 mile challenge and raise money to help create a world without breast cancer, Team Komen is for you! Learn more» 


Komen Chicago Needs YOU! Join Us at the Komen 101 Volunteer Orientation Meeting on June 13th!

We are looking for energetic, passionate and dedicated volunteers to help us fight breast cancer and have fun at the same time! If that sounds like you, grab your friends and join us for the Komen 101 Volunteer Orientation Meeting to learn how you can get involved.

We will be meeting on Saturday, June 13th, from 10-11:30 am at the Komen Chicago office (8765 W. Higgins Road, Suite 401). Register today! Learn more»


Gain Valuable Work Experience Through Komen Chicago's Summer Internships

Komen Chicago is now accepting cover letters and resumes for Summer Internships (June-September). We have openings in the following positions:

  • Accounting Intern
  • Community Programs / Mission Intern
  • Development Intern
  • Digital Communications Intern
  • Graphic Design Intern
  • Special Events / Race for the Cure Intern
  • Volunteer Programs Intern 

If you or someone you know are interested in one of these positions, please email a cover letter and resume to volunteer@komenchicago.org as soon as possible.

Visit our Internship Page for a full listing of internships.


Komen Advocates Travel to Springfield, Urge Lawmakers to Fund Breast Cancer Screening and Services

Advocacy DayAs part of Advocacy Day, Komen Chicago CEO Susan Tybon, and Community Programs Manager Aminah Abdullah met with elected officials, including Rep. Mike Smiddy, (pictured here) in Springfield on May 14th.

The goal of the visit was to educate Governor Rauner and members of the General Assembly on the importance of the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) to local communities. Learn more»

To help advocate, please contact your House member:  Look up your House member. Contact information for your House member. 

Komen Chicago and Triage Cancer Launch New Survivorship PinkPrint Website 

Survivorship PinkPrintTo address the unmet needs of breast cancer survivors, Komen Chicago and Triage Cancer have partnered to develop a new website, called Survivorship PinkPrint. Funded through a generous donation from the Martin and Mary L. Boyer Foundation, the site provides information and resources regarding employment, disability insurance and health insurance that can be impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Learn more»


Corner Bakery Cafe Provides Komen Chicago, Local Community With Support (and Great Food!)

Corner Bakery 2015 MDRFTC"Working with Komen Chicago is a great fit for Corner Bakery Cafe," explained Senior Marketing Manager Bailey Hughes. "Being involved in our local communities is a core value of our company, and supporting local organizations that our guests and employees are passionate about is our goal."

Corner Bakery Cafe has been involved with Susan G. Komen since 1995, when the company was bought by Brinker International Restaurants. Norman Brinker brought Corner Bakery into Komen Races for the Cure in several markets throughout the U.S., and the company has been providing delicious breakfasts ever since.

"Feeding the Survivors on Race morning is so fulfilling and one of our most rewarding events," Bailey noted. "We appreciate the support from Komen and its many volunteers, and enjoy being a partner year-round, whether it's at the Survivor Tent, in our 30 Chicagoland cafes or providing catering for people's events and celebrations. It's a part of being a community."

Many thanks to Corner Bakery Cafe for their delicious food and hot coffee at the Mother's Day Race for the Cure!


Meet Lauran Bromley, Komen Chicago's Vice President

Lauran BromleyYou may have seen Lauran Bromley on stage as one of the announcers at the 2015 Mother's Day Race for the Cure! Lauran recently joined Komen Chicago's Board of Directors as Vice President, but she has been active with Susan G. Komen for many years. (Pictured here, on the left, with her step-daughter, Veronica.)

Having been treated for DCIS over 12 years ago, Lauran participated in several Komen 3 Day Walks, and even was the top fundraiser one year, donating over $38,000!

As a Board member, Lauran hopes to "get Komen's name back on top and let everyone know what we do." She went on to add, "Komen doesn't just educate; we also advocate, and help women navigate through screenings all the way to treatment and support. More people need to know what it is we stand for so we can get back to the business of saving lives."

When not working with Komen Chicago, Lauran travels extensively for her work manufacturing arcade games for children. Welcome Lauran!



Swedish Covenant Hospital Offers Biopsies, Navigation to Women in Need

Swedish Covenant HospitalSwedish Covenant Hospital is located in one of the most diverse zip codes in the United States. As a result, Shannon Sikkila, Women's Health Navigator, noted that, "Our hospital works diligently to provide culturally sensitive care to all women, regardless of their ability to pay." 

With the help of Komen Chicago's grant, Swedish Covenant is able to provide biopsies for underinsured and uninsured women. In addition, it enables the hospital to employ a Survivorship Navigator, who connects women with breast cancer to support services such as nutrition classes, fitness programming, stress management seminars and support groups. 

"With Komen's help, we were able to serve at least 35 women with biopsies last year, and navigated over 4,000 women," Shannon noted.

Swedish Covenant also provides screenings and diagnostic imaging for women in need. "We are able to offer services from screening through survivorship," Shannon highlighted, adding, "Chicago has a great network of providers who work together very effectively. We all want to help decrease the disparity rates in our city." Learn more»


Enjoy Menopause the Musical on June 14th in Aurora!

Menopause the MusicalCome on out to the Copley Theatre in Aurora to see the fantastic Menopause the MusicalA 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» 


Download Matt Goss' #STRONG and Enjoy!

Matt GossSinger/songwriter Matt Goss lost his mother, Carol, to cancer last year. Her courage and strength during her fight inspired Matt to write "Strong," a heartfelt tribute that features breast cancer survivors and other Susan G. Komen® supporters. 

Now he's partnering with Komen to share his song's powerful message with survivors and fans around the world. Watch and share this beautiful video. Plus, to help us fight back against the disease, Matt is donating a download of "Strong" with your gift to Komen today. Learn more»

Carry the Komen Chicago Running Ribbon With You Wherever You Go!

Bank of America BundleShow your support by carrying the Komen Chicago running ribbon with you wherever you go with Bank of America® - Pink Ribbon Banking. Learn how Bank of America is supporting our promise with uniquely designed credit cards, debit cards and checks. Learn more»


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Save the Date for the Lombard Race for the Cure in September!

Before you know it, the Lombard Race for the Cure will be here! Mark it on your calendar for Sunday, September 20th at the Yorktown Mall and stay tuned for details! 



Important Dates

6/13/15: Komen 101 Volunteer Orientation Meeting, from 10-11:30 am, at the Komen Chicago offices.

6/30/15: Last day to submit donations for the 2015 Chicago Race for the Cure.

9/20/15: Save the Date! The Lombard Race for the Cure at Yorktown Mall will be here before you know it!



Did You Know

When it comes to breast cancer, clinical trials are one of the biggest reasons for gains in breast cancer survival over the past 30 years. 

In addition to improved survival, quality of life for people living with cancer has also improved as trials have helped identify more targeted treatments that can help limit some side effects of cancer therapies. Clinical trials have led to other medical advances in breast cancer, such as the use of mammography for screening, lumpectomy and radiation therapy as an effective alternative to mastectomy.


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