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June 2017

Get Active This Summer - A Message from Lynda Weeks, Executive Director

Lynda Weeks

As I meet people throughout the community, I often hear, “Why is Komen still spending money on awareness and education? Doesn’t everyone know about breast cancer?”

Well, the truth is, not everyone “knows” about breast cancer, and people often have mistaken beliefs about the disease. For instance, most people assume they are “safe” from a diagnosis of breast cancer if it is not in their family. The truth is only 5-10% of the people who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of the disease. In other words, 90-95% do not have it in their family history. Anywhere.

Surprising? This is an example of why we continue to work through local community centers, churches, clinics, and schools to educate people on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. We distribute the “Know Your Normal” cards and stress the importance of self-awareness to people. Did you know the signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women, and that finding a lump is only one possible symptom of breast cancer?  

Know your risk. Get screened. Know what is normal for you. And make healthy lifestyle choices. Summer is a great time to begin adding regular exercise to your routine; regular physical activity has been proven to decrease your risk of breast cancer.

Thank you for the opportunity to share “What Pink Makes Possible” with you each month!

Most sincerely,

Lynda Weeks' signature

 

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Kathy Branham, fundaiser extraordinaire

Kathy Branham is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to raising money for Komen Kentucky. She got involved in the Lexington Race for the Cure in 2010 and, since then, has been the top fundraiser in the Race every year, but two. She has personally raised more than $35,000 through her efforts - which have included asking for donations, selling candy bars, raffling off baskets of items, holding a "Dance for the Cure" (since she likes to clog), and even shaving her head! Kathy is passionate about finding a cure for breast cancer because her sister and two cousins are survivors of the disease. 

kathy branhamWhen she is not busy working for Lockheed Martin, Kathy enjoys watching her son race his car on a dirt track. She notes that her family, friends and co-workers have been big supporters of her fundraising efforts and help her team, "Pink Troopers," in a variety of ways; without them, she could not do all of the things that she does. 

For example, Pink Troopers will be hosting an auction to raise money for this year's Race on June 9, 6:30-10pm at Powell County High School (700 W College Ave, Stanton, KY). They are also getting ready to order shirts that they sell as part of their fundraising. For more information, visit their Facebook page

Komen Kentucky appreciates Kathy and all that she does to help us find an end to breast cancer. 

*If you would like to get more involved as a volunteer for Komen Kentucky, please contact us to get added to the Volunteer List. Volunteer opportunities will be sent once a month to all interested people via a separate email.  

 

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

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Thorntons has been a tremendous supporter of Komen Kentucky and breast cancer awareness for years since the disease "impacts the lives of many of our guests, team members, families and friends." Their sponsorship of the Louisville Race for the Cure grew to the Champion level in 2013, where it still remains. Their smiling employees are often the first people participants see when they come to the Race since Thorntons hosts the pre-Race food and beverage stations and provides entertainment for the event.  They also generously sponsor the Louisville Pink Tie Gala.

Thank you Thorntons for your commitment to Komen Kentucky!


Race for the Cure

Online registration is now open for the 2017 Races for the Cure:Louisville Race for the Cure
Louisville, Saturday, October 14 at Louisville Slugger Field
Lexington, Saturday, October 21 at Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza

Register now using the code: EB2017 to receive an early bird discount of $5 off your Race entry fee.

If you would like to get more involved in the event, we invite you to join one of our Race committees: 

To join the Lexington Race Committee, please contact Ally. Their first meeting will be on Tuesday, June 6, 5:30pm at the Komen Kentucky satellite office, 207 N. Upper St., Ste. D, Lexington.

To join the Louisville Race Committee, please contact Lynn. Their second meeting will be on Wednesday, June 21, 5:30pm at the Komen Kentucky main office, 1201 Story Ave., Ste. 205, Louisville.


Komen Kentucky Partnerships

Komen Kentucky is fortunate to have many partnerships throughout the state. If you would like to become one, like those listed here, please contact us:

greenwell pink truckGreenwell Brothers Propane will donate $.01 per gallon of propane delivered by their pink truck. They have been a Komen partner since 2010 and raise both funds and awareness for breast cancer causes through their pink truck that makes deliveries to the following Kentucky counties: Anderson, Bullitt, Franklin, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Mercer, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble and Washington.

LBX pink excavatorA huge thank you to LBX Company, maker of Link-Belt Excavators, for their generous donation of $38,750 to Komen Kentucky. They auctioned off their Pink Belt machine after taking it on a cross-country breast cancer awareness tour that ended in Las Vegas. 

Allgeier AirAllgeier Air (Air Conditioning and Heating) will donate 10% of each service call made by the Allgeier Pink Truck (up to $100) to Komen Kentucky. If you snap a picture with the driver of the truck and post it to the Allgeier Air Facebook page, they will donate an additional $20 for each picture.

Construction Machinery CompanyConstruction Machinery Company is another generous partner of SGKK. They donate 5% of their equipment rentals throughout the year to Komen Kentucky and have various pieces of construction machinery painted pink in our honor.   

Upcoming Events

Louisville City FCJUNE 17 - The Louisville City FC is hosting a Susan G. Komen Kentucky (SGKK) night at their game against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on June 17. $4 of each ticket purchased will be donated to SGKK to help in our fight against breast cancer. Tickets will be emailed the day before the game. For all questions, please contact Zach Darst at 502-384-8799 ext 102.

JUNE 17-25 - The Building & Development Association of Southern Indiana will be supporting Komen Kentucky during its Home Expo at Fuzzy Zoeller's Champions Pointe Golf Club Community (Henryville, IN) by donating $1 for every ticket sold to SGKK. In addition, BDASI and Champions Pointe will be hosting a $1,000,000 hole-in-one shootout during the event in which every Home Expo ticket purchaser gets a free chance to participate. Additional tries to win $1,000,000 can be bought for only $5 per shot. All proceeds from the shootout will be equally split between SGKK and Habitat for Humanity.

JUNE 26 - Race for the Cure/Survivor Meeting, 5:30-7pm, Chuy's (104 Oxmoor Court, Louisville).  The Louisville Race for the Cure Planning Committee wants to meet breast cancer survivors and hear their stories in an effort to recruit them to become Race Ambassadors. If you are a survivor and are willing to share your breast cancer story, we encourage you to attend. No reservations required, but to help us plan, please contact Lynn (502-495-7824).

JUNE 26 - Colors of Promise (breast cancer community outreach group) will hold its next meeting at 6pm at First African Baptist, 465 Price Road, Lexington.  For more information, contact Eileen in the Lexington office.

JULY 10 - Susan G. Komen Kentucky night at The Village Anchor Pub & Roost (11507 Park Road in Anchorage) 5-10pm, 10% of the proceeds will benefit SGKK – carryout included. Please mention Komen Kentucky when placing your order. 


Derby City Dragons

Derby CIty DragonsIf you are looking for something fun to do this summer, come watch (or participate) in the Derby City Dragons. They are a dragon boat team made up of breast cancer survivors. They paddle on the Ohio River on Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings. It's a fabulous support group and provides great exercise. They can be seen on the river with their pink paddles and life vests in a huge pink dragon boat. For more information, email them.

 

Sponsorships

If you are looking to get exposure for your business and/or give back to the community, please consider becoming a sponsor of one (or more!) of Komen Kentucky's signature events. For more information, contact the office or download a sponsor booklet today.



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