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Volume 6, Issue 75  | September 17, 2021

Susan G. Komen MORE THAN PINK Walk® returns September 25

Susan G. Komen®, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, has announced that its signature MORE THAN PINK Walk® fundraising events in Orange County, Los Angeles and the Inland Empire will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25. With screenings, treatment and research delayed during COVID-19 lockdowns and breast cancer deaths predicted to rise as a result, this year’s event and the funds raised for Komen’s lifesaving breast cancer programs are more important than ever. 

This year, Komen is creating a one-of-a kind digital experience that will connect participants from across Southern California as breast cancer survivors, “thrivers,” and supporters to walk and fundraise to end breast cancer. No matter where the public joins in to walk and fundraise – from a treadmill, neighborhood sidewalk, favorite beach walk, or hiking trail, Komen will host interactive activities, new challenges and inspirational stories during the event’s “Power of ONE Week” and opening ceremonies.

Susan G. Komen walkers

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Photos courtesy of Susan G. Komen

Komen More Than Pink group of women walkers in 2020

“Our Komen family of supporters are the power and spirit behind the impact of Susan G. Komen,” said Robin Walker, executive director of Susan G. Komen in Orange County. “Our sponsors, teams and walkers all know, more than ever, that their fundraising efforts for the MORE THAN PINK Walk will help someone who is experiencing breast cancer today – and will energize Komen’s research, advocacy and patient care support well into the future.”

Susan G. Komen’s work coming out of the pandemic is arguably more important than ever. Screenings, clinical trials and research were largely halted during COVID-19 lockdowns, making the funding of key research and breast health services all the more critical to get lifesaving progress back on track.

The organization’s leadership and supporters see this year’s event as an opportunity to walk at home and in their own neighborhoods, with the united goal of a world without breast cancer.

Susan G. Komen Edwards and Fong

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(L-R) Stacey Edwards, in her second year of treatment for breast cancer, will be walking on September 25 while celebrating her 50th birthday with her friend Angelique Fong, a two-time breast cancer survivor and Orange County’s 2021 Walk Chair

“Seven weeks after marrying the love of my life, I got diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. I had insurance and a support system to help me through my treatment that other people don’t,” said Angelique Fong, Susan G. Komen’s 2021 Orange County MORE THAN PINK Walk Chair. “I volunteer with Susan G. Komen because I know what a difference it made for me to have caring people by my side and access to the treatment that I needed during my battle with breast cancer. Unfortunately, my breast cancer came back, but after three surgeries and 33 radiation treatments, I know how blessed I am to be in remission again. I know that every dollar matters when it comes to accomplishing that next research breakthrough or discovering that next improved treatment practice. Every contribution serves to improve outcomes and ultimately save more lives.”

Registration for the Walk is free, and participants are encouraged to raise at least $250 each for Komen’s investments in breakthrough research, vital patient care support and public policy action at all levels of government. Komen continues to work to discover cures while ensuring that those facing a breast cancer diagnosis today receive the care and support they need.

To register or join a team in Orange County, click here.

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