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Keep up with Komen: March eNews

Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington Names New CEO


Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington named non-profit veteran Andrew Asato as its new CEO. “I am looking forward to the challenge and opportunity to make significant strides in fighting breast cancer and creating more survivors who can continue to live full, healthy lives,” says Asato. 
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Grant Slate Announced March 24, 2015


Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington announces grants which total $694,000 to local nonprofits that focus on innovative or evidence-based projects in the areas of breast health and breast cancer support in Oregon and SW Washington. The Grant Slate will be released March 24.

Our Year in Review


To save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all and energizing science to find the cures. That is the Susan G. Komen promise. A look back at the previous year and the progress we made.
The annual report will be available on April 1, 2015.

Breast Cancer Issues Conference is Here!


This weekend is the 2015 Regional Breast Cancer Issues (BCI) Conference. Hundreds will gather to discuss breast cancer research, treatment, risk reduction and quality of life issues. BCI will also be simulcast in Roseburg, Medford and Bend for those unable to attend. Sign ups available day of conference. Read more>>

Community Partners in Action


If you live in Southwest Washington and have heard of the annual Girlfriends Run for the Cure Half Marathon Race, then you’ve also heard the name Joleen Skarberg. In just eight years, the race started in her honor has raised over $300,000 in donations to Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer. Read more>>

Survivor Profile


Rhonda Fenrich of Eugene, was adamant that breast cancer wasn’t going to run her life or even inconvenience her.  When cancer was detected with a routine mammogram in July 2014, she took charge and made sure fighting cancer was on her terms. Read more>>

Volunteer Highlight

Meet Mary Ellen! She is volunteering a couple of months for Komen Oregon and SW Washington as an administrative assistant, helping in a variety of ways. Mary Ellen says she enjoys volunteering at charitable organizations and chose Komen through the recommendation of a friend. As a breast cancer survivor herself, Mary Ellen supports the efforts of Komen and assists in any way she can. Thank you Mary Ellen! We appreciate all you do!

Sponsor Highlight


We are honored to share that two locally grown companies - Les Schwab and Tektronix -  will be our co-presenting sponsors for the 2015 Portland Race for the Cure! Tektronix says, "Our engagement with Komen gives our company, our associates, and the community more opportunities to help make a difference in the fight against breast cancer." 

We are proud to have the continued support of Fred Meyer, and they will join us as our 2015 Eugene Race for the Cure presenting sponsor stating, "We are so grateful to Komen for all they do for our communities, and we are honored to be able to join them in the fight!"

Race details to come...incredible early bird discount, great entertainment, tribute to survivors and fun is in store!

The Emperor of All Maladies


For three consecutive nights beginning March 30, PBS will air the groundbreaking film “The Emperor of All Maladies,” produced by Ken Burns. Based on the book by the same name, the film examines the past, present, and future of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Share the Journey
We are thrilled to announce a groundbreaking new iPhone app aimed at better understanding breast cancer treatment-related side effects and provides an important new innovation. Read more>>

Upcoming Events

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Lunch for the Cure
April 16 SOLD OUT

Featuring award-winning writer Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, Torch and Tiny Beautiful things. It is sure to be a festive event filled with passionate people for our mission.

More details Here>> 


Play for a Cure
August 14-16

Play for a Cure Oregon softball tournament each year at Wallace Sports Field Complex in Salem, Oregon. Forty teams compete and play a total of 96 games during the tournament.

More details here>> 


2015 Portland & Eugene
Race for the Cure 

Portland - Sept. 20, Waterfront Park
Eugene - Oct. 4, Valley River Mall

More details here>>


Row for a Cure
September 27

The Row for the Cure has been supporting the mission to end breast cancer forever since 1994, raising over $1.1 million to date.

More details here>>


Girlfriends Run for a Cure Half & Quarter Marathon
October 11

The 9th Annual Girlfriends Run for a Cure is for women to get together to do something good for themselves and to help support a very important women's cause.

More details here>>



Board of Directors

Robert Dove
Celia Austin
Alec Vesely
Aletha Anderson
Rev. Dr. T Allen Bethel
Patricia Brown, CPA


Teresa Hanna, MBA
Nathalie Johnson, MD
Suzanne McGrath, CPA
Laurie Reser
Charlene Zidell 

Komen Staff

Linda Aronsohn
Karin Baggett
Ann Marie Berryman
Cristela Daniel
Tina Foster
Adam Green



Bridget Jamieson
Gavin Johnson

Margaret Klein, RN, MS, MSN, JD
Anna Miller
Michael Nguyen
Phillip Nguyen

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