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Keep up with Komen: September eNews

Komen Oregon & SW Washington invests dollars in programs based on priorities identified in the community-health education, screening and early detection resources, support to survivors and fighters, cutting-edge research locally and advocacy for breast health services and patient rights.



Since early summer, I have traveled more than 2,500 miles across Oregon and Southwest Washington listening and learning from individuals, businesses and organizations within the greater breast cancer community. From physicians, nurses, researchers and hospital administrators to community health care providers, cancer centers, sister breast cancer organizations, survivors and fighters, I am moved by the common thread weaved through our collective fabric – that is to save lives and end breast cancer. This is a disease that will affect one in seven women in our region, during their lifetime. This is why, as we get ready to race for the ones we love in Portland and Eugene, we are so grateful for the generosity of the community partners, volunteers and donors who fuel Komen’s mission in our communities, funding early detection with free mammograms and screenings, financial help for transportation to treatment in rural areas, critical survivor support, and research to find better treatments. Together we are truly making a difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by breast cancer. 

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Andrew Asato
Chief Executive Officer
Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington



It is understood that the science of mammography is indisputable. It is not a perfect test, but it is the most widely available and cost-effective screening tool currently available. Read more>>



Susan is a long-time supporter of Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington. She has participated in every Race for the Cure in the past 20 years. She remembers when it was basically a women only event and men could only do a 1K, while the women did the 5K. Read more>>

Worship in Pink Ambassador Summit 


The Ambassadors are vital to Worship in Pink and its success! Each congregation has 2-3 Ambassadors who serve as breast health messengers to plan and implement Worship in Pink activities for their congregation. The purpose of the activities is to promote the message that early detection saves lives. Read more>>



Cornerstone members are champions among our family of supporters at Komen Oregon & SW Washington. Members create a foundation with monthly gifts to ensure life-saving services such as mammograms, access to treatment or underwriting promising research at Oregon Health & Science University and Providence Health System. Join today>>

Portland Race for the Cure 


The Portland Race is this weekend and we couldn't be more excited! Hit Machine is back, new to Survivor City this year is our Reflection Garden and much more! Online registration is closed, but it's not too late! Register at the Pick Up Event or Race day. More information>> 

Eugene Race for the Cure


The Eugene Race is at Valley River Center in less than a month! Sign up now, form a team and start fundraising! Sign up>>

Learn more about community partners here>> 


This year was the 19th Cascade Auto Glass Golf Invitational. For years we have partnered with a charity and raised money for a  great cause. We have been touched by breast cancer within our families over the years. Susan G Komen Oregon and SW Washington seemed like a perfect fit for us and our tournament and it has been our privilege to raise money for them every year. Thank you. -Paul Sharkey

BIG shout out!

Play for a Cure has partnered since 2002, raising over $235,000. Next year will be their 15th anniversary.

Rhonda Fenrich and The Rack Pack for putting on a successful Swing for the Cure event. They raised over $9,000 for Race for the Cure.

The International Harvester Chapter 30 Club for donating $1,466.00 from the Farmall Toy Tractor raffle sale.

Terminal Transfer for committing to raising $3,000 for Komen Oregon and SW Washington during breast cancer awareness month.

Terra Nova Nurseries Inc., a partner since 2006 has donated over $28,000 from the sales of their pink Echinacea name “Hope.” Thanks Terra Nova!



She has participated in almost every single Race for the Cure since the 1990’s and has been a top fundraiser. Her dedication really showed through when she got married last year and she and her new husband celebrated their first full day as husband and wife at Portland’s Race for the Cure by manning the bag check tent! Valerie says, “When we set the date, I told my husband, I don’t have a good reason to miss the Race. You can be my Plus One!” Read more>>



25th Anniversary
Jerri Venditti

Sept 2015 - Oct 2016

Jerry Venditti has chosen Komen Oregon and SW Washington as the beneficiary of his Cherry Blossom painting to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Proceeds will support the fight against breast cancer.
More details here>> 


Umpqua Huckleberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
In stores now!

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Umpqua's Huckleberry Cheesecake will benefit Susan G. Komen.
More details here>> 

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Coming Soon!

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Ryan's Pink Lady Cider will benefit Susan G. Komen Please join them and "Drink Pink for the Cure."
More details here>> 
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September 18-20

Help Bella Hair Design Beat Cancer. Come beat Vicki Byrd pink Lincoln town car and sign your personalized dent with your loved ones name.
More details here>>
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Saving Second Base
September 19

The 2nd Annual Saving Second Base co-ed tournament will be held the day before the Portland Race for the Cure.  Last Year they raised over $5,800 for Komen. Bring your Portland race bib and get a free raffle.
More details here>> 


Row for the Cure
September 27

The Row for the Cure, comprised of survivors, has been supporting Komen to end breast cancer forever since 1994, raising over $1.1 million to date.
More details here>>

BelloDaySpa-Salon_Logo_125pxH.jpg Bello Day Spa
October 2015

Bello Day Spa is donating a portion of their proceeds for the month of October to the Rack Pack.
More details here>>
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October 2015

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Ledbetter designed a pink headband and multiband to sell at their store website. $3.00 from every band sold will be donated to Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington.
More details here>>
logo.png Rack Pack Fundraiser
October 3, 2015

Please join the Rack Pack SGK Race for the Cure team between 2pm - 7pm. Claim 52 has generously agreed to donate 25% of their sales that day to the Rack Pack Race for the Cure Team!
More details here>>

Power of Pink
October 10, 2015

Adult coed softball tournament on the Turf. Elimination, 3 game guarantee. $250 per team.
More details here>> 

BrewfestU15.jpg Umpqua 6th Annual Brew Fest
October 10, 2015

The Umpqua Brew Fest is sponsored by Umpqua Watersheds a conservation organization. This year there will be over 2,000 people at the event and they encourage everyone to make at least a $1.00 donation to Komen Oregon and SW Washington to take a stand against breast cancer.
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. They have raised over $250,000!
More details here>>

Board of Directors

Aletha Anderson
Celia Austin
Rev. Dr. T Allen Bethel
Patricia Brown
Tina Foster (President)


 Teresa Hanna
Suzanne McGrath
Laurie Reser
Alec Vesely

Charlene Zidell 

Komen Staff

Linda Aronsohn
Andrew Asato
Karin Baggett
Ann Berryman
Cristela Daniel
Adam Green


Bridget Jamieson
Gavin Johnson

Margaret Klein
Anna Miller
Michael Nguyen

Early Detection • Survivor Support • Research • Advocacy

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