Bori Gilchrist

“Ever since I was young, I always liked to contribute to different non-profits and give back.”

Bori is a Portland native but grew up in Idaho. She attended Concordia University of Portland and loves all that Portland has to offer!

Bori has been on Susan G Komen’s Ambassador Board Team since September of 2017. When asked why she wanted to be a part of the Board Team, she explained, “I think it’s a great way to raise awareness and to share with others especially 40 and younger—not just women but males as well”. Since a young age, Bori obtained a passion to give back. Bori understands the fragility of life and being diagnosed can occur at any time. Throughout her experiences, Bori says with confidence, “cancer does not discriminate”. She is an advocate for early detection through awareness but explains that awareness is the first step.

Most recently, Bori and the board voted to make Oregon Health Authority’s Screen Wise a main priority. Screen Wise is a statewide network of providers that offers a variety of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and genetics screening and diagnostic services to uninsured and underinsured patients. The mission is to reduce problem by promoting early detection, evidence-based care, risk factor screening, education, relation to medical treatment, and surveillance for the public. This program really hits home for Bori as she explains; “I had a cervical cancer scare when I was younger. I was very fortunate to have health insurance to cover expenses, but it could’ve been a whole different story if I didn’t have insurance. I don’t know what would’ve happened. I wanted Screen Wise as our focus because there are people out there who are less fortunate and don’t have access to health insurance or annual checks.” In times like these we realize the most impactful gift is right beneath us. Screen Wise is one of those gifts. Bori is driven to make it a “focus” and increase the quality of life for those receiving.

Bori’s involvement with Komen has made such a positive impact in her life. Her attitude exemplifies what it means to be MORE THAN PINK in her life and those around her. She says that “since being on the board, I have so much more gratitude for life…whenever I attend one of Komen’s events, I always leave wanting to do more and be more involved because of that gratitude.” This passion “to do more” has truly made a difference in the lives of many breast cancer fighters and survivors. We are beyond lucky to have Bori and her inspiring attitude as Komen’s new Ambassador Co-Chair. Thank you Bori for all you do!

What does it mean to be MORE THAN PINK?

“When you think of Susan G Komen, it’s more than just breast cancer awareness. There are so many initiatives that Komen is behind. They stand for so much more than the color pink…it shows people the four different pillars Komen represents and what they stand for.”