We begin 2017 more determined and hopeful in our fight against breast cancer. With support from you, other donors, volunteer leadership, and statewide community partners, our priorities in early detection, survivor and forever fighter support, research, and advocacy continue in very meaningful ways.
Here are a few important highlights from 2016:
Susan G. Komen launched its MORE THAN PINK campaign in the fall. The first of its kind, this national campaign’s big, bold goal is to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in the US by 50% in the next decade by addressing health inequities, advancing technology for early detection, and targeting research for late stage, aggressive, and metastatic breast cancers.
In October, we further expanded our community education programs to include a new Breast Cancer Forum in Eugene that focused on navigating the workplace after a cancer diagnosis.
We established an African American Initiative Advisory Council to lay the foundation for a future expansive health equity project, addressing breast cancer health disparities among African Americans in our community.
We celebrated Komen’s 25th anniversary of the Portland Race for the Cure, which has funneled millions of dollars into programs and services across Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Our programs in the community, like Worship in Pink, the Latina Initiative, the Treatment Access Program, and the Regional Breast Cancer Issues Conference, continue to be successful and impactful.
Susan G. Komen funded three local investigators and their cutting-edge research: Dr. Lisa Coussens and Dr. Joe Gray, of OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, and Dr. William Redmond, of Providence Cancer Center.
We will move forward with care and purpose in service of thousands women, men, and families this year. We commit our work to all individuals and their loves ones who continue their fight against a cancer that affects one in seven individuals in Oregon and Southwest Washington. We remember, in our hearts, those who have lost their lives to this cancer this past year.
Our collective progress must and will continue. We share our heartfelt gratitude with you for making Komen’s mission a priority.