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July 2018

We are Committed to Saving Lives - Join Us!

Lynda Weeks

Susan G. Komen® has been changing the way the world looks at breast cancer for more than 35 years, when a promise between two sisters became a global promise - "to end breast cancer forever." Fast forward to 2018 and you'll see that this organization is still leading the charge to find the answers. In fact, we have made it our Bold Goal to reduce breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by 2026. 

Komen is the largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research - second only to the U.S. government - and has assembled a great team to implement the plan. From our dynamic new president and CEO, Paula Schneider, and the members of our Scientific Advisory Board and the Komen Scholars, whose cutting-edge research will shed new light on the disease, to our local staff and board of directors, we are here to help our community and to find an end to breast cancer.

You are part of this equation, too!  Your support of our Louisville and Lexington Races for the Cure or our newest event, a Float-a-thon for the Cure on the Awesome Lazy River in Shepherdsville later this month, goes a long way in funding this work. Please help us beat this disease by getting involved today!

Warm regards,

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Lynda Weeks
Executive Director
Komen Kentucky

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Carolyn Orbell

Carolyn Orbell and Sally KirchnerLouisville, KY - When Carolyn Orbell's doctor told her to get a baseline mammogram, she was insulted. In her mind, that was something for "old people" and at 38, with no family history, she didn't really think she needed one. He said, "please yourself, but if something shows up down the road, we won’t know when it got there."

That was nearly 30 years ago. To read what happened next, click here. Carolyn is pictured on the far left with her sister, Sally Kirchner, who is also a survivor.)

Women like Carolyn and Sally are the inspiration for the work we do at Komen Kentucky and why we ask for your fundraising support at the Race for the Cure in October.  We hope you will join us by organizing a team of your own and helping us raise money for breast cancer research, and local programs and services. 

*If you are willing to share your Survivor story to provide hope and encouragement to others battling the disease, please contact us. We can help write it. The stories and pictures collected may be used in our monthly eNewsletter, on our website, and/or in SGKK educational or marketing materials.


Awesome Lazy RiverAwesome Lazy River pictureAwesome Lazy River in Shepherdsville, KY will be hosting a Float-A-Thon to benefit Susan G. Komen Kentucky on Friday, July 27, 10am-7pm (last entry into river is at 4:30pm). Come wear something pink and help support breast cancer research and programs. Cost is $20 per person. Komen Kentucky receives $5 from every entry. We will have merchandise available for purchase. People who have on something pink (sunglasses, hat, swimsuit, shirt, etc.) will be entered into a drawing for prizes!

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Lexington Legends

Komen Kentucky was honored to be included in the Lexington Legends' Pink Out the Park night presented by LBX on June 30. The night consisted of a survivor celebration, meet and greet with Legends players, a balloon release, and dinner. The proceeds from T-shirts sales and the auction of the Legends' Pink Out jerseys will benefit Komen Kentucky, UK Markey Cancer Center, St. Joseph Yes Mamm!, and Kentucky Cancer Link. Thank you Lexington Legends for including Susan G. Komen Kentucky in your event!

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Register for the 2018 Races today to help us find the cures!

Louisville, Saturday, October 13 at UofL ShelbyHurst Campus (note our NEW LOCATION)
Lexington, Saturday, October 27 at Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza

Donate and Win!

Every Race for the Cure participant who makes a SELF-DONATION of $25 or more to either Race (Louisville or Lexington) will be entered into a drawing for 25,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles (one winner for each Race). The miles may be used for most main cabin roundtrip tickets within the 48 contiguous states or for gift cards to retailers such as Macy's, Target, Sears, and Home Depot. Every increment of $25 (up to $100) will get you an additional entry; so if you donate $50, you'll be entered twice, $75 - three times, $100 equals four entries. Drawings will be held at 2pm, December 3, 2018. American Airlines is a national Race for the Cure sponsor.

Race Planning Committees

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 (859.368.7133). The next meeting will be on Tuesday, July 17, 6pm at the Komen Kentucky satellite office, 207 N. Upper St., Ste. D, Lexington.

To join the Louisville Race Committee, please contact Lynn (502.495.7824). The next meeting will be on Tuesday, July 24, 6pm at UofL ShelbyHurst Campus, Founders Union, 450 N Whittington Pkwy. Meet in the parking lot.


Komen Kentucky is fortunate to have many partnerships throughout the state. If your company would like to be featured, like those listed here, please contact us.

Komen Cars - 1-855-566-3622If you are ready to get a new car and don't know what to do with your old one, or had a wreck and need to find a spot to take the damaged one, Komen Cars is here to help! Contact us at 1-855-566-3622 during normal business hours or online anytime. We will send a tow truck at no cost to you (if needed) to pick up your old car and take it to auction. You will get a valuable tax write-off and Komen Kentucky will get funds to support its mission.

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.

Bank of America Pink Ribbon Credit CardWhen you open a new Pink Ribbon credit card from Bank of America, every purchase you make benefits Susan G. Komen® — at no additional expense to you.

  • Get a $150 cash rewards bonus after you make at least $500 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening
  • 1% cash back on purchases everywhere, every time
  • 2% cash back at grocery stores and wholesale clubs
  • 3% cash back on gas

You will earn 2% and 3% cash back on up to $2,500 in combined purchases in those categories each quarter.


The money you help us raise during the year through your donations and registrations helps fund breast cancer research and local screenings and programs in our service area. To see the partners we have granted funding to for 2018, please click here.

Many people may not be aware that Komen Kentucky helps to fund the mobile mammography units in Louisville and surrounding counties. To see the James Graham Brown Cancer Center's mobile mammography location schedule through August, click here. Norton Healthcare's mobile unit schedule can be seen here.


Komen became the organization it is today through the hard work and generosity of many dedicated volunteers, donors, and corporate partners. If you are looking to get involved in a meaningful cause, Komen Kentucky would love for you to get involved with us!

Volunteer Stationary.jpgVOLUNTEER - Komen Kentucky emails a monthly Volunteer Update that lists volunteer needs for the upcoming month. If you would like to be added to that subscriber list, please click here and check "Volunteer Information and Opportunities."  

If you are part of a group looking for service hours, please contact us. We have a number of projects that would be great for student or volunteer groups.

COMMITTEE INVOLVEMENT - If you want to get more involved in the planning and implementation of any of SGKK's events (Race for the Cure and Pink UnTied), contact the Louisville or Lexington office to sign up for a committee. 

SPONSOR - If your company or organization would like to get marketing exposure while giving back to the community, please consider becoming a sponsor of one (or more) of our events. For more information, contact Lynn in the Louisville office, Ally in the Lexington office or download a sponsor booklet today. 

DONATE - There has been some confusion about where the money goes when you donate to Komen. While Komen allocates 25% of its funding to research, the remaining funds are also used to support breast cancer programs and services. All the research in the world will not save lives if people do not have access to it. Komen helps connect people to the research by offering education, screenings, diagnostic services, support programs, patient navigation, and more! Here are some different ways you can donate to Komen Kentucky:

- Host a fundraiser/awareness event at your home, office, neighborhood, or school. Barbecues, picnics, penny wars, dress down days, pool parties, candy bar sales, car washes, etc. have all been used as effective ways to raise both awareness about breast cancer and funds for the cause. Contact Lynn in the Louisville office or Ally in the Lexington office for other ideas.

- Donate online - you can make a one-time gift or schedule monthly gifts using our online giving platform.

- Consider adding Komen Kentucky to your estate plans or asking your family to designate Komen Kentucky as the recipient of memorial gifts, when applicable.

- Help us raise additional donations by offering a challenge grant. Help double your impact by encouraging others to match your donation. This would be wonderful as we near the Give For Good Louisville campaign and the Louisville and Lexington Races for the Cure.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH - Consider inviting Komen into your church/place of worship for a "Worship in Pink" or "Pink the Pews" event where a short message about breast cancer awareness is shared and breast cancer survivors are recognized. Contact the office for more information. Many congregations hold their events in October, so now is a great time to start planning. A number of churches/places of worship also create Race teams to build fellowship and show community support. 


July 18, 11am-2pm, Community Action Health Fair, Winburn Prep Academy, 1169 Winburn Drive, Lexington, 859-294-5249

July 25, 3-6pm, 4th Annual Senior Summer Jam, Ballard-Griffith Towers, 650 Tower Plaza, Lexington (off of Jefferson Street behind Nick Ryan’s restaurant).

July 27, 10am-7pm (last entry into river is at 4:30pm), Awesome Lazy River, 165 Dawson Dr. Shepherdsville KY 40165 (details above).

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