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Greetings from Lynda Weeks, Executive Director

Lynda WeeksOn behalf of Komen Kentucky, thank you for your past support. With your ongoing help, we will continue to work with our community partners to seek out the 1,339,000 moms, daughters, sisters, and friends in our 111-county service area to educate them about breast health and navigate any fears that are preventing them from seeking screening. When necessary, we will then help them access the most cutting edge diagnostics and treatments, regardless of their ability to pay.  Thank you for sharing our vision of “a world without breast cancer” and making this possible.


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Mike Davis joins the Komen Kentucky Board of Directors

Mike Davis has many titles.  He grew up knowing some would be part of his life, like husband, father, and grandfather. Others, like UK Wildcat fan, golfer, and Senior Director of the Nutritional Lipids Supply Chain at DSM Nutritional Products, evolved naturally, as well.  One title that took him completely by surprise, though, is breast cancer survivor. One in 1000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer.  Mike learned that when he was 53 and facing a mastectomy, 12 weeks of chemotherapy and 22 rounds of radiation after the lump on his chest that had itched for quite a while, and seemed to be growing, was diagnosed as stage 3 breast cancer.

Mike Davis“Breast cancer threatened my life and my family’s well-being," says Davis, "but it has turned out to be a great blessing. Family is more important, colors are brighter, friends more cherished, and the everyday problems are so much smaller.”

Davis has been in every Lexington Race for the Cure since 2012 and wears the Survivor Pink proudly.  He spoke at two of those events and chaired the 2016 committee for the annual “Kentucky Golf Classic to Benefit Susan G. Komen” which raised $15,000. He hopes to increase that amount this year at the October 17 event at Champions Golf Course. (If you are interested in playing, or would like to join the planning committee, please contact the Lexington office for more details). 

Komen Kentucky is honored that Davis agreed to join its board of directors in February.  “I originally started this quest to make sure no other male would suffer from what I did due to the lack of knowledge," states Davis, "now I fight the fight for both men and women.”


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Kroger Supports the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Kroger has been a generous supporter of Komen Kentucky since 1999, including sponsoring its four major events: the Louisville and Lexington Races for the Cure, and the Louisville and Lexington Pink Tie events.  In 2014, Komen Kentucky recognized them with the Milestone Award for their continuous support, and then in 2015, they were recognized with the Distinguished Sponsor Award for their generous backing of events.  KrogerBreastAwareness1.jpg

Kroger also supports Komen Kentucky through their Community Rewards program. If you have a Kroger Plus Card, you may enroll at anytime for a portion of your purchases to be donated back to the charity you choose. For the eastern part of the state, use Susan G. Komen Lexington #64714 and for the western part of the state and Southern Indiana, use Susan G. Komen Louisville #11657.  

Komen Kentucky Partnerships

Komen Kentucky is fortunate to have many partnerships throughout the state.  Here are some of them:

The Spa at Griffin Gate will donate $10 to Komen Kentucky AND give you $20 off any spa treatment(s) (massage, facial, body treatment, or nail service) of $100 or more now through May 31, 2017 if you mention Susan G. Komen Kentucky when making the reservation. 

Nanz & Kraft Florist will donate $2 per order to Komen Kentucky through their Helping Hands program if you mention Susan G. Komen when you order flowers from them.  

Breast Cancer Survivor Teresa Evans is hosting a Tupperware Fundraiser for Susan G. Komen Kentucky through Friday, April 14, 2017; 40% of your sales will be donated to Komen. 

The Bourbon Chase, a 200-mile relay race across Kentucky has once again selected Komen Kentucky as a beneficiary partner.  The lottery for entry into the race has closed, but if you would enter a 12-person team for the event on October 13-14, you can still participate by electing to run on behalf of Komen.  For more information, contact Ally Buchanan in the Lexington office.  

Upcoming Events

APRIL 20-21 - Thank you Wacoal for donating $2 to Komen for each woman who gets fit for a bra through Fit for the Cure. Next Affiliate events: Thursday, April 20, 10am-8pm, Macy’s at Fayette Mall (Lexington) and Friday, April 21, 10am-8pm, Macy’s at Oxmoor Mall (Louisville).

APRIL 24 - Colors of Promise (breast cancer community outreach group) will hold its next meeting on Monday, April 24, 6pm at First African Baptist, 465 Price Road, Lexington, KY.  For more information, contact Eileen Smyth in the Lexington office.

APRIL 29 - Breast Cancer Survivor Diana Koonce will be holding a Shop for a Cause Premier Designs Jewelry Fundraiser for Komen Kentucky on April 29, 2-5pm, at Rooster's Restaurant, 124 Marketplace Drive in Lexington. Attendees are encouraged to purchase a "Hope On" necklace for a survivor in the 2017 Lexington Race for the Cure, or other items.  A portion of all online and event sales will be given to Komen Kentucky.

MAY 14 - Mark your calendar for Mother's Day at the Louisville Bats.  Komen Kentucky will have an informational booth there, along with an area for kids to make their mothers a special gift.  

Congratulations to the Top 2016 Race the Cure Teams & Individuals

Hats off to the following teams and individuals for their fundraising efforts on behalf of Susan G. Komen Kentucky.  We appreciate you, and all others who raised money for us.  Registration for the Lexington and Louisville Races will be opening VERY soon.  Please check on our website late next week. Early bird discounts of $5 apply for those who register this month.

Join us for the 2017 Races:  Louisville, Saturday, October 14 at Louisville Slugger Field and Lexington, Saturday, October 21 at Robert Stephens Courthouse Plaza. If you would like to join a Race Committee, email racelex@komenkentucky.org or racelou@komenkentucky.org with your contact information.

Louisville Top Survivor Fundraisers $  Raised   Lexington Top Survivor Fundraisers $  Raised
1 Theala Vincent, Rocky Mountain Milers $2,350.00   1 Kelly Spencer $1,500.00
2 Betsy Barefoot, Team Betsy $1,375.00   2 Carol Simpson, Team Carol $815.00
3 BeBi Howell, BeBi's Bosom Buddies $1,205.00   3 Carolyn Woodford, Woodford's Warriors $603.00
4 Jessica Hayes, J's Jugs $610.00   4 Alison Lance, Walkers for Knockers $375.00
5 Gina Johns $500.00   5 Susie Jolliffe, Pinkie Swear $350.00
6 Valerie Wheeler, KFB for the Cure $460.00   6 Carin Addams, CARIN FOR NURSES $335.00
7 Tina Russon, Tina's Team $303.00   7 Monica Jones $270.00
8 Teresa Riggs $300.00   8 Amanda Schoonover, Amanda's Army of Angels $220.00
9 Gerina Whethers, Team DNA $275.00   9 Heather Yaste, Hyaste $200.00
10 Lisa Vandygriff, Lisa's Crew $250.00   10 Vicki Dozier, Team Vicki $150.00
Louisville Top Individual Fundraisers $  Raised   Lexington Top Individual Fundraisers $  Raised
1 Jennifer Barefoot, Team Betsy $13,258.00   1 Kathy Branham, Pink Troopers $6,432.00
2 Theala Vincent, Rocky Mountain Milers $2,350.00   2 Kelly Spencer $1,500.00
3 Jamie Friedman, Team Julianna $2,000.01   3 Carol Simpson, Team Carol $815.00
4 Betsy Barefoot, Team Betsy $1,375.00   4 Wilma Hampton, Tata Trotters $650.00
5 BeBi Howell, BeBi's Bosom Buddies $1,205.00   5 Carolyn Woodford, Woodford's Warriors $603.00
6 Julia Miller, Hauling A's for T's $1,170.00   6 Josie Crawford, Woodford's Warriors $450.00
7 Natalie Oliner, RSO $1,120.00   7 Tara McCoy, Hyaste $425.00
8 Andrew Withington, Team Betsy $1,095.00   8 Megan Lee, Friends of Janet Faraci Lee $385.00
9 Stacey Walker, The Power of Pink $1,084.00   9 Stacey McChord, Amanda's Army of Angels $380.00
10 Ryan Kidd $1,040.00   10 Alison Lance, Walkers for Knockers $375.00
Louisville Top Fundraising Teams $ Raised   Lexington Top Fundraising Teams  $ Raised 
1 Team Julianna $50,841.93   1 CLARK Material Handling-Raising Hope Team $20,835.00
2 Team Betsy $31,570.00   2 Pink Troopers $6,432.00
3 Wells Fargo Advisors - Team Laurie $10,050.00   3 Amanda's Army of Angels $5,355.00
4 Rocky Mountain Milers $2,660.00   4 Woodford's Warriors $1,833.00
5 RSO $1,655.00   5 Team Carol $1,520.76
6 BeBi's Bosom Buddies $1,420.00   6 Central Bank and Trust $1,345.10
7 Hauling A's for T's $1,240.00   7 Baptist Health Lexington-Montell Buckles $1,127.25
8 The Power of Pink $1,084.00   8 Hyaste $1,045.00
9 Dr. Dannée Neal $870.00   9 Pinkie Swear $1,030.00
10 (tie) EQUIPMENT DEPOT $630.00   10 #4juice $930.00
10 (tie) J's Jugs $630.00      

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