Research, Early Detection, Survivor Support, Advocacy
  Issue: May-June 2016

Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington's priorities include education, screening and diagnostic services, survivor/forever fighter assistance during and after treatment, and advocacy and resources for breast health services and patient rights, and provides funding for local, cutting-edge research.



Spring is here! It seems like just yesterday that I spoke about what the first year would hold for Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington. Today, I want to share some important news from the breast cancer community. I also will outline some new, and exciting work in the coming months and year. It is because of partners like you and your support of our vision, our work, and advocacy, there is a strong future for Komen in Oregon and Southwest Washington. We are so very grateful to you! Read more >>


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Komen staff are beyond thrilled to highlight two members of the newest group of advocates at Komen Oregon and SW Washington – the Ambassador Board! The Ambassador Board is group of young professionals, from every walk of life, who came together because they have a desire to support their community and/or have been affected by breast cancer.


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In fiscal year 2017, in addition to our other programs, we are excited to invest $600,000 in organizations that provide innovative and crucial breast health services in our community. Our community partners are dedicated to helping us connect men and women in Oregon and SW Washington to critical breast health services. Their collaboration in our vision of a world without beast cancer allows us to broaden our reach to serve men and women in need of breast health education, screening, navigation, treatment, and support. Find out more >>


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Andrew Asato, CEO, and Cindy Fletcher, Director of Programs, joined over 100 Komen staff and volunteers at the 2016 Komen Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC. They met with our congressional delegation and their staff, advocating for the importance of funding research and screening, and making oral cancer drugs affordable. Read the press release >>


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Do you live with metastatic breast cancer? Do you have ideas about how Komen could better support and/or advocate for you? Join this focus group on June 28th, from 6-8pm, to discuss these questions and more, at the Komen office in Portland. To participate and provide your input, please contact Bridget Jamieson at


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Standup Paddle Board for the Cure, July 23, 2016 | Portland, OR

Whatssup? Standup paddleboarding (SUP) has exploded in popularity, and Komen will host its first annual event at the Willamette Sailing Club! Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome to standup to breast cancer and paddle around Portland’s South Waterfront. A pink gorilla suit, food, and beverages will make it a blast! And.... we will promote education and generate important funds! Sign up and donate >>

Row for the Cure, July 24, 2016 | Vancouver, WA

Row for the Cure, now in its 23rd year, is an unusual regatta which includes all human powered watercraft. Got skills? Families and friends come join together every year to raise breast cancer awareness and fuel the work of Komen Oregon & SW Washington. People from across the Northwest participate in a variety of water craft including racing shells, dragon boats, outrigger canoes and kayaks. Join today >>


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Can you believe the Portland Race for the Cure is 25? Together, we are going to have our biggest celebration yet! New....competitive 10k chip-timed run and limited commemorative tech shirts. It'll be so much fun and generate important funds for services across Oregon and SW Washington! Register, donate and save>>


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Lunch for the Cure turned ten this year, and it was another record event with guests and dollars raised.......or still raising! The event has garnered $350,000 thus far for critical services – education, screening, access to treatment for under-served people and promising research. Emcee Jennifer Hoff and keynote Nelson Farris shared their very personal stories. Our incredible sponsors, generous donors, in-kind supporters, and everyone who attended made it that much more special! Thank you!!!!!!!! Read more>>


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Stephanie Lipman, a key volunteer on Komen's Portland Race for the Cure planning committee, shared her story with breast cancer. She inspired us at Komen to advocate in Washington DC to lower costs of oral chemotherapy drugs. Read more >>


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Do you like meeting new people? Want to have some fun and support your community? We are looking for volunteers to help us with health fairs, employee wellness events, in the Komen office, and at breast cancer education events! Next training: May 24 at 10:00 am or 5:30 pm at the Portland Komen offIce. Email to learn more.


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It is officially Play for a Cure Oregon season! We are excited to share the big reveal of the 15th anniversary, 2016 logo. To help celebrate this big milestone, Kris and Kory Knox's cousin, Lahela Schoessler, created a special design to be printed on t-shirts, tanks, posters, and programs. To reserve a spot go to Sign up early to guarantee your spot!

PARTNERS - Activities & Events

Many people and organizations want to make a difference by hosting events and raising money to benefit Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington. We are grateful for the opportunities to work with groups and individuals who wish to help us with our promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. One such way is to organize a community partner fundraising event. Get involved! Click here to learn more>>

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  Reser/Don Poncho
January - December 2016

From January 1-December 31, 2016 Don Pancho and Reser Fine Foods have partnered up! Pancho's most popular pre-cut chip boxes will be affixed with the breast cancer ribbon in support of Komen Oregon and SW Washington. During the month of October, their chips will be pink! Learn more>>

  Open Eyes Open Heart

Open Eyes Open Heart is an Oregon-based organization that offers a large selection of exquisitely crafted fine jewelry, and donates 50% of all sales to charities of its customers’ choice. People who shop at make a personal statement about who they are, what matters to them, and that they are conscious shoppers who want their money to go beyond a seller’s bottom line.

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Support Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington by simply pressing a button at any Wells Fargo ATM in Oregon and make a donation. They make it easy! Learn more>>

  Fred Meyer Community Rewards

Support Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington by shopping at Fred Meyer with your rewards card. All you have to do is link your Rewards Card and scan it every time you shop at Fred Meyer. Look us up by name! Learn more>>


Ledbetter designed a pink headband and multiband to sell at their store website. A $3.00 donation will be made from every band sold to Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington. They are fantastic! Learn more>>

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A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the delicious Ryan's Pink Lady Cider will benefit Susan G. Komen. Please join them and "Drink Pink for the Cure." Learn more>>

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  Wacoal Fit for the Cure
May 2016

Every woman who participates in a free bra fitting at a Fit for the Cure events, Wacoal will donate $2 to Komen. Additionally, Wacoal will donated $2 to Komen for every Wacoal shape wear purchased. Learn more>>

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  PDX Fashion Network Event
October 15,  2016

Auction, Raffle, Live Entertainment, food and drinks. Meet with Agency Directors, Boutique Owners, Fashion Bloggers, Photographers, Stylists, Designers, Models, Magazine Writers, Casting Agents and Many More! Learn more>>