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Special insert to San Antonio Woman magazine for the Susan G. Komen San Antonio Race for the Cure, March/April 2015

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  • 18TH ANNUALSUSAN G. KOMEN SAN ANTONIORACE FOR THE CURE

    SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015ALAMODOME

    Our promise is to save lives and end breast cancer.

  • A SPECIAL SECTION FOR SAN ANTONIO WOMAN

    OUR PROMISEThe promise of Susan G. Komen is to save livesand end breast cancer by:

    Empowering people

    Ensuring quality care for all

    Energizing science to find the cures

    Komen has played a critical role in every majoradvance in the mission to end breast cancer,transforming how the world talks about andtreats this disease. Millions of breast cancer patients are now breast cancer survivors!

    Susan G. Komen is the worlds largest breast cancer organization,funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofitwhile providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded approximately $800 million in research and provided more than $1.7 billion to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countriesworldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzys life.

    Established in 1997, Susan G. Komen San Antonio has invested more than $16.5 million in our city.

    2014 LOCAL FUNDING BREAKDOWN

    1 IN 8 WOMEN will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

    The disease is the second most common cause of cancer deaths.Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women.

    EDUCATION

    SCREENING/DIAGNOSTIC

    RESEARCH

    TREATMENT/SURVIVORSHIP

    12%26%

    30%32%

  • A SPECIAL SECTION FOR SAN ANTONIO WOMAN

    The funded breast cancer programs provided in Bexar Countywere selected by an independentgrants review panel through a competitive application process.

    2014-2015 Komen San Antonio Grantees: American Cancer Society: Transportation to treatment appointments

    CentroMed: Education, screening, diagnostics and case management services

    CommuniCare Health Centers: Screening and diagnostics

    Martinez Street Womens Center: Educational outreach and support services

    SLEW Wellness Center: Emotional and physicalsupport for survivors recovering from treatment including lymphatic drainage, counseling, wigs and more

    ThriveWell Cancer Foundation: Nutrition and exercise sessions specifically for cancer patientsand survivors

    University Health System: Screening and diagnostics

    WINGS: Treatment support and patient assistance

    YWCA: Educational outreach and support services

    Last year, Susan G. Komen San Antonio awarded$750,000 to nine area nonprofits providing life-saving breast cancer services to local familieswho need our help the most.

    Additionally, we invested $270,000 for breast cancer research taking place in our city.

    Funds awarded were raised primarily through the 2014 Susan G. Komen San Antonio Race for the Cure. With your help, last years grants specifically addressed:

    Breast cancer screening including clinical breastexams, mammograms and biopsies.

    Treatment such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

    Support and survivorship including counseling services, lymphatic drainage, wigs, bras,prosthetics, transportation, diet and nutrition classes.

    Neighborhood breast cancer education and outreach programs.

    Through community support, Komen San Antoniois helping women in our neighborhoods sufferingfrom breast cancer today, while fueling research to find the cures for tomorrow.

    Dealing with a cancer diagnosis is overwhelming. Many times patients have to make quick decisions about treatment plans, financing, work and personal arrangements.

    Empowerment Packs provide resources on treatment options, support groups, important questions to ask doctors, cancer journals and much more.

    PINK EMPOWERMENT PACKS FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED PATIENTS

    Are you interested in sponsoring the Pink Empowerment Pack program, or providing cards of encouragement? If so, please email bre@sakomen.net or call 210-222-9009.

    LOCAL DOLLARS HELPING LOCALLY

    Its invaluable. Breast canceris so overwhelming and itgave me clarity about what I needed to know and whatquestions to ask my doctor. I still refer to the packagetoday. Irene H., Survivor

    My Empowerment Packcouldnt have come at a better time. The thought of knowing someone else isthinking about me as I gothrough my radiation treatment is encouraging.Deborah C., Survivor

    To request an Empowerment Pack for a breast cancer survivor or patient,please email info@sakomen.net or call 210-222-9009.

  • A SPECIAL SECTION FOR SAN ANTONIO WOMAN

    The Komen Breast Cancer Ambassadors (BCA) are a group of trained volunteers who participate in speaking engagements throughout the community. Ambassadors include survivors, co-survivors, advocates and anyone with a passion to serve!

    Our PurposeTo educate about Komens promise to save lives, discuss vital breast cancer information andshare powerful testimonies on why breast cancer awareness matters.

    Why Should You Get Involved?You have the opportunity to make a real impact in the lives of others by educating peopleabout breast cancer through presentations, distributing educational materials and sharingyour personal story.

    Are you interested in joining the Breast Cancer Ambassadors program?If so, please email bre@sakomen.net or call 210-222-9009.

    BREAST CANCER AMBASSADORS

    COMMUNITY PROFILE

    "As a survivor and chairwoman of theBreast Cancer Ambassadors, I was saddened to find so many people wholacked information about our local resources. Through the BCAs, we areable to create a passionate group thathas a desire to speak openly about their cancer journeys. Komens hope isto educate San Antonio in our efforts to encourage early detection." Lucie Arteaga

    The Community Profile allows Komen San Antonio to better understand local breast cancer issues and remain responsive to the needs in Bexar County. The project reviews the following:

    Local breast cancer trends, including incidence, mortality, screening and stage of diagnosis

    Strengths and weaknesses in the local health care system

    Analysis of breast cancer public policy

    Community feedback through focus groups and health care professionals

    For questions or information about the Community Profile, please visit www.komensanantonio.org or call (210) 222-9009.

    Priority Areas Two priority areas were identified based on demographic and socioeconomicinformation that may put certain areas within Bexar County at higher risk forlate-stage breast cancer diagnosis and early death.

    Zip codes with higher percentages of Black and Hispanic/Latina women withlower education, employment and poverty levels, as well as higher medically underserved numbers, were chosen. These socioeconomic factors make it difficult for residents to access cancer care and prevention.

    Information gathered allows the Affiliate to effectively reach the Bexar Countypopulation through responsive grants, community outreach and public policyefforts. The full Community Profile Report will be available June 2015.

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    Be Bald and Be Free!

    by Dezare Cedillo

    When I first got diagnosed with breast cancerat the ripe age of 28, one of the things they toldme was that I would lose my hair. I remainedhopeful that I would be one of the 5 percentthat didnt. Well, I wasnt!

    Everyone said, Shave your head beforeyour hair starts falling out, but I felt I wasgoing through this for a reason beyond myself.So I decided to see what its like to lose themost precious possessions that society saysmakes us women beautiful. I wanted to usethis opportunity to let inner beauty shine outand not follow the mold of how the world saysyou have to look.Well, Im glad I did.Because throughout this journey of losing my

    hair, my eyelashes (which I loved so much, bythe way), one of my breasts, which I now call mymoob = missing+boob, I have learned how tofeel beautiful in every season of my lifewhetherI have hair or no hair!

    I have embraced the phrase NO HAIR,DONT CARE and made that my motto at howI look going through hard times. It isnt justabout your hair, it is a boldly positive outlook atany situation you go through. Whether youvebeen through cancer or not. Nothing that we gothrough in life defines who you are! You arenot the mistakes youve made nor the cancerthat may be inside you. All of us are fighters!Fighters at life! And survivors of life!

    If youre reading this now, you are a SURVIVOR!

    Life can be tough, but its how you perceivesituations that will make living worth it. I may be

    battling cancer, but I dont feel like it. I chooseto believe that God created me for a purposeand its through his son, Jesus Christ, that I havecome this far in my breast cancer battle journey.He has given me the supernatural strength,courage, love, support and hope! Through theHoly Spirit my perspective was changed to seethe blessings and positivity in life. Thats whatgets me through each and every day with greatjoy! I am grateful for today and pray for tomor-row. Thank you, Jesus!

    So go out there and be the beautiful YOUthat you were created to be!

    Forget what the girls on the magazineslook like. Those girls dont even looklike those girls in the magazine.

    Forget about what society or social mediasays is beautiful.you go out there and be thebest version of yourself in this season! Your timeto shine is now! So be bald and be free!

  • Learning toSpeak Cancer

    by Eileen Lundin

    I am fortunate to have learned several lan-guages throughout my life: Southern, English,Spanish, Portuguese, French and Cancer.