Bring Komen Kentucky to your School or
August often feels like a
new year as people head back to school or get re-energized at the office after
summer vacations. If one of your goals is to get more engaged in the community,
or to meet new people, consider getting involved with Komen Kentucky.
We have a full line-up of activities available as we prepare for
breast cancer awareness month in October, as well as our Race for the Cure
season. With a little planning, you can make a big impact for the women and men
affected by breast cancer in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
I ask you to consider:
Becoming a volunteer. Whether you can spend one
hour, or several, we have projects that can work with your schedule: folding
shirts, making calls to past Race participants, representing Komen at a health
fair or community event, hanging up posters at coffee shops, etc. You tell us
what you're interested in and we'll help get you involved.
Holding a fundraiser. Some of the simplest ideas
can still raise a lot of money. For example, one school held a dress down day
where students paid $2 to wear something other than their uniforms. The money
was collected in the gym and lunchroom at the beginning of the day and in less
than 1 hour, the school had raised more than $1500! Other schools, clubs, or
businesses have held bake sales, chili cook-offs, raffles, golf scrambles,
softball tournaments, poker runs, etc. Let your interests guide you or contact
us for ideas.
Sponsoring an event. The Louisville and Lexington
Races for the Cure are our largest fundraisers. Each Race has multiple facets
that could use the support of a sponsor underwriting them. Perhaps your company
wants to help breast cancer survivors participate in the event at no cost or
would be willing to cover the costs of the children's area or a water stop.
Tell us your budget and we will work to find an opportunity just right for you.
Organizing a Team at the Race. Many
schools and businesses organize a team to walk/run together at the nearest Race
for the Cure. It helps build camaraderie and can be a lot of fun! We encourage
you to consider putting together a group of friends, family members or
co-workers to participate.
Whatever you do, know that your support goes a long way to helping
us show WHAT PINK MAKES POSSIBLE.
Komen Kentucky Board President
In January 2017, Sherry Tracy of
Smithfield, KY had a routine mammogram. Since she had dense breasts, she wasn't
alarmed when she was called back for extra imaging, but when she got the
results – everything changed… To read more about what happened next, click
Women like Sherry are the inspiration for what we do at Komen Kentucky. We especially appreciate Sherry's involvement in the Louisville Race for the Cure. The team she is organizing is currently in first place in fundraising! We encourage other survivors to organize their own Race teams, so that we may continue to fund much needed programs, services, and research.
If you would like to share your Survivor Story, please contact us. We can help write it. Your words of encouragement and hope mean a great deal to others who are going through this battle. Your picture and story may be used in this newsletter, on our website, social media, and/or other marketing materials.
Where Does the Money Go?
As we begin our fundraising efforts for the Races for the Cure, many people may wonder how the money is used. We are happy to share that the money raised here, STAYS here within our area to provide breast cancer programs and services - such as mammograms, patient navigators, treatment support, transportation assistance, and more! We also invest in lifesaving breast cancer research. To read more about our grant partners, click here. To read more about Komen research programs, click here.
Race for the Cure
If you haven't attended a Race for the Cure yet, wait are you waiting for? These events in October are a great celebration in honor and memory of those with breast cancer. Plan to put on your pink and join us for a morning of fun, exercise, and inspiration.
Louisville, Saturday, October 13 at UofL ShelbyHurst Campus (Note our NEW LOCATION!)
Lexington, Saturday, October 27 at Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza
While your registration gets you to the starting gate, your fundraising will help us find the cures. This year, we have special awards for everyone who raises at least $500.
Other new features this year:
- Gray, long-sleeve Race shirts.
- Finisher's Medals for all REGISTERED participants.
- Top three finishers in each age category will receive an award. (Must be registered as a TIMED PARTICIPANT to qualify.)
- New 5K and 1-mile courses in both Louisville and Lexington.
- You must be registered to participate. Your Race bib will be your ticket into the event, please make sure it is visible on Race day.
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 AirlinesAAdvantage 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 will get you an additional entry; so if you donate $50, you'll be entered twice, $75 = three entries, $100 = four entries (four entries, maximum). American Airlines is a national Race for the Cure sponsor.
It takes a lot of people to organize Races of this size, so if you would like to get more involved in either event, we invite you to join one of our Race committees or become a volunteer:
Louisville Race Committee will meet on Wednesday, August 29, 5:30pm at the Komen Kentucky main office, 1201 Story Ave., Ste. 205, Louisville. Contact Lynn (502.495.7824) for more information.
Lexington Race Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 14, 6pm at the Komen Kentucky satellite office, 207 N. Upper St., Ste. D, Lexington. Contact Ally (859.368.7133) to get involved.
August is National Breastfeeding Month
Did you know that August is National Breastfeeding Month? Multiple studies have shown that breastfeeding is beneficial to both the mother and the baby. Komen likes to tout that it lowers the risk of breast cancer, especially in premenopausal women.
Breastfeeding also lowers the risk of:
* Type 2 diabetes
* Ovarian cancer
* Postpartum depression
To learn more, click here for additional information.
Thank you to the Awesome Lazy River for hosting a Float-a-Thon for us on July 27. Click here to see a short video from the day.
August 9, The Louisville Race for the Cure will be hosting a Survivor Recruitment Event at Mark's Feed Store, 6501 Bardstown Rd, from 5:30-7:30pm. While this event is currently full, you may still stop by to eat and say hi! Komen Kentucky will receive a portion of the proceeds if you show this flyer.
Volunteer with Komen
Now that the school year is underway, many people start thinking about volunteering. Komen would love for you to get involved with our organization! To learn about involvement opportunities, contact Alyssa and/or sign up for our monthly Volunteer Update that lists openings for the upcoming month.
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.
Go to komenkentucky.org