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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Going Strong!

BCAM Logo.jpgBe sure to visit the Komen Chicago website to learn about all of the events and promotions going on throughout the month of October. There are a variety of ways to support Komen Chicago and the fight against breast cancer. Keep in mind, there are also volunteer opportunities that you can register for! Learn more»


Team Komen Rocks the Chicago Marathon!

2015 Marathon RunnerWay to go to Team Komen, who raised funds and ran on behalf of Susan G. Komen at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

The 91 runners, who came from all over the U.S., raised more than $93,600 for Komen Chicago!

Please note: Fundraising for Team Komen continues through October 31st, so there is still time to support our runners if you haven't done so already! Donate here.


WWE's Rise Above Cancer Night Honors Breast Cancer Survivors

WWE 2015Breast cancer survivors and co-survivors were honored at the WWE's Rise Above Cancer night on Monday, October 13th, at the Allstate Arena. 

Don't forget! WWE will donate 20% of the retail sales price of all specialty Rise Above Cancer merchandise sold through October 31st on WWEShop.com.


Gain Valuable Experience as a Komen Chicago Intern

Komen Chicago is now accepting cover letters and resumes for internships. We have openings for the following positions:

Immediate Openings:
  • Development/Fundraising Intern
  • Graphic Design Intern
Spring 2016 Internships (January - May):
  • Social Media
  • Volunteer Programs
  • Race/Events 

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

Visit our Internship Page for a full listing of internships.



Meet Michael Kurtz, Komen Chicago's Newest Board Member!

Michael KurtzAttorney Michael Kurtz recently joined the Komen Chicago Board of Directors at the request of Board President Sean Tenner.

"Susan G. Komen is a great cause to become involved with," Michael commented. "There is a need for greater advocacy and screening for treatable cancers, and Komen is already doing great work in those areas.As one of his goals for Komen Chicago, Michael would like to help establish a planned giving program.

In addition to his law practice, Michael is a concert trombonist, moonlights as a sportswriter and is a licensed Illinois high school and NCAA football official. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters. Welcome Michael!



Michael Reese Research and Education Foundation Serves Community as a Leading Agency of IBCCP

Michael ReeseAs one of the 33 leading agencies of the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP), Michael Reese Research and Education Foundation IBCCP Clinic assists women and men in need throughout the city and Chicago's South side suburbs.

Since the program began in 2008, Michael Reese offers a variety of services, including:

  • Free screenings, as well as diagnostic follow-up services to uninsured women and men, ages 35-65;
  • Care for younger women and men with breast health concerns and symptoms; and
  • Navigation for those in need of breast cancer treatment.

To date, the program has assisted more than 3,000 women, and has helped over 80 women get breast cancer treatment and other services. 

Program Director, Hong Deng, noted that Komen Chicago's grant enables Michael Reese to provide patient navigation and case management services. In addition, the program runs as many as 40 workshops a year to assist women at risk, and provides culturally-sensitve education and outreach. Learn more»


Renewal by Andersen Kicks Cancer With Their "Double Pane" Campaign

Renewal by AndersenRenewal by Andersen has turned their involvement in the Lombard Race for the Cure into a corporate-wide initiative to get every branch involved in a charitable cause!

Lombard Showroom Representative, Happy Brooks, whose close friend is a breast cancer survivor, mentioned the Lombard Race to Deborah Plate, Lead Showroom Representative. Shortly thereafter, other employees began sharing their connection to breast cancer, and Team Double Pane was born.

In addition to their presence at the Lombard Race, Renewal by Andersen extended the Double Pane campaign to their Lombard and Glenview locations, as well as brought the awareness to clients when delivering windows to their homes. "Going forward, we would like to help provide more education about breast cancer for our employees and stress how important early detection is to saving lives," noted Deborah. For more information, visit renewalbyandersen.com or call 866-847-5180.


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Apply to be a Komen Chicago Peer Grant Reviewer and Help Select the Next Grantees!

We need your help to select next year's grant recipients!  We are now accepting applications for Peer Grant Reviewers.

Peer Reviewers evaluate grant applications submitted to Komen Chicago from across our service area. The grant selection process ensures that we are providing breast health and support programs that have the most impact across the Chicagoland Area.

Applications are due Monday, November 30th. Learn more»


Complimentary Screening Event, Sponsored by CTCA

Cancer Treatment Centers of America is offering a complimentary screening event at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (2520 Elisha Ave, Zion) on November 7th, 2015, from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.

CTCA will be providing complimentary mammograms for breast screening, and low dose CT scans for lung screening, along with prevention and awareness information. Call 847-746-9797 to make a reservation.


The 2015 Lombard Race for the Cure Books Close on October 31st!

If you have been fundraising for the 2015 Lombard Race for the Cure, please make sure to log in all contributions before the end of the month so you can earn your prize from our amazing Fundraising Rewards program! 

If you weren't able to participate, but would like to make a donation to the Race, you have until October 31st, so don't delay! Donate today.


Important Dates

10/23/15: Wacoal Fit for the Cure events. Get a complimentary, professional bra fitting by one of Wacoal’s Fit consultants. For every woman professionally fitted, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen! 

  • Oct. 23: 10 am–5 pm, Macy’s Hawthorne Center, Vernon Hills
  • Oct. 23: 10am-5 pm, Macy’s Oak Brook, Oak Brook
  • Oct. 23: 10am-5 pm, Macy’s Water Tower, Chicago

10/31/15: The books close on the Lombard Race for the Cure and the Marathon for the Cure. Be sure to make your donations now!

11/07/15: Complimentary screening event, sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, 9:30 am -2:00 pm


Did You Know
Along with regular exercise, a healthy diet is a good way to maintain a healthy weight.  While we do not fully understand how diet affects breast cancer, body weight is related to breast cancer risk and overall survival.


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Phone: 773-444-0061 · Fax: 773-444-0071 · Email: info@komenchicago.org

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