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January 2019

Our Buzz Words for 2019

Bob Iezzi

Happy New Year!

As I reflect on this past year, and think about 2019, two buzz words come to mind: THANKFUL and YOU.

I am THANKFUL to serve on the Komen Kentucky board with other men and women who share the commitment to end breast cancer forever.

The board, staff, and those who have battled this disease are THANKFUL to YOU for your involvement, sponsorships, contributions, and volunteering. We are especially THANKFUL as you show your support for the 14th Annual Pink UnTied event on March 8 (details below) by buying tickets and donating auction items, and hope YOU will join us. Komen Kentucky would not be such an impactful organization without YOU. 

Only YOU can make our goals possible; YOU can make the difference of giving hope for a cure to breast cancer patients.

YOU are needed more than ever to make a difference.
YOU are needed to be involved in all we do.
YOU are our HOPE...

I have been touched by those I’ve met who have been impacted by this dreaded disease; their inspirational will and determination have taught me many life lessons. My term as board president has been amazingly rewarding thanks to the many generous people who have encouraged me along the way by giving their time, talent, and treasure.

Now, let’s paint this town PINK!

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Bob Iezzi
Komen Kentucky Board President


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Lori Holland

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Lori Holland, of Prospect, KY, has been a breast cancer survivor for 37 years, participated in 21 Race for the Cures and climbed two mountains with other survivors. Her role in bringing a mobile mammography unit to her work helped another woman get an early diagnosis. To read more about her Survivor Story and be inspired, click here.

Women like Lori are the inspiration for the work we do at Komen Kentucky and why we work hard to fund research and share information about breast cancer and treatment options, among other things. If you are willing to share your Survivor story to provide hope and encouragement to others battling the disease, please contact us



Lou Pink UnTied horseLou Pink UnTiedWe are excited to be hosting the Louisville Pink UnTied, a more casual, less expensive evening than our former Pink Tie Ball on Friday, March 8 at the Omni Louisville Hotel. The event includes a reception, dinner, silent and live auctions, cocktails, and dancing to live music by Endless Summer. For more information on purchasing tickets, becoming a sponsor, or donating auction items, please visit our website or contact the Louisville office at (502) 495-7824.



Martin Luther King Academy (Lexington)

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For the past several years, the social workers at Martin Luther King Academy in Lexington, KY have sponsored activities to educate the female student body about breast cancer. The Youth Services Center has sponsored the “Think Pink Café” in which the school library is set up similar to a restaurant with a full menu. The young ladies serve as hostesses, servers, and busgirls. Two years ago, the students mentioned the idea of giving back, so they decided to include a bake sale with goodies from the staff and area businesses. All proceeds from the “Sweet Spot” bake sale are donated to SGKK. Not only have the students benefited from the information provided by Komen, they have equally benefited from the “art of giving back.”

If your school is interested in getting more involved with Komen Kentucky, please contact us.


Take Control of Your HealthIt's not too late to make some new year's resolutions about improving your health. Studies have shown that women who follow simple guidelines of: getting regular exercise, achieiving and maintaining a healthy weight, eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as well as limiting intake of red meat, saturated fats, and alcohol, had a lower risk of breast and other types of cancer, as well as other health conditions.

Every little step in the right direction can make a difference. There is only one YOU - so make it best version possible.


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.

nanz & kraft logoNanz & Kraft Florists 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. With Valentine's Day coming up, please keep them in mind!

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.


Komen became the organization it is today through the hard work and generosity of many dedicated survivors, 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 students or volunteer groups.

COMMITTEE INVOLVEMENT - If you want to get more involved, 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 programs or events. For more information, contact our Louisville office, (502) 495-7824 or our Lexington office (859) 368-7133.

DONATE - Consider these fun ways to donate to Komen Kentucky:

Host a fundraiser/awareness event at your home, office, neighborhood, or school. Chili cookoffs, penny wars, dress down days, candy bar sales, etc. have all been used as effective ways to raise both awareness about breast cancer and funds for the cause. 

Donate online - you can make a one-time gift or schedule monthly donations 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.


Thanks to everyone who attended our Holiday Open Houses in December. We loved having the opportunity to see and celebrate our survivors, donors, grantees, sponsors, and volunteers. The work we do at Komen Kentucky would not be possible without all of you!

Thanks to Thrivent Financial and Work the Metal for support of the Louisville Open House, and Edley's BBQ, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Kroger, and Panera for support of the Lexington event.

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