Race Theme 2015!!!

It is always so exciting to attend the first race meeting of the year to hear what the Race Theme is for that year.  This year was no different! So here goes……..drum roll please……

Thanks Jack!  Awesome theme….

After you hear the Race Theme your mind wonders off for a minute….I know mine does….about what the Race Theme means to you and as a whole.  This one says A LOT! Every Step Counts…..Every. Step. Counts.  It means something different to everyone. We will hear from different people through this Race Year on exactly what they feel when they think about it.

Mad Hatter Tea Party May 9th 2015

Mad Hatter, Alice, Tori Kiser and the Queen of Hearts

Mad Hatter, Alice, Tori Kiser and the Queen of Hearts

Thank you to all that came out to support our first Mad Hatter Tea Party!!! Everyone looked so pretty!!! Those in attendance enjoyed the other fun hats, costumes, beautiful music, yummy tea food, photo booth, wacky decorations and so much more!!! We look SO forward to next year all ready! No shortage of photos being taken for sure!!! Check out the following links to see ALL the super fun photos:

http://arkansaslife.com/susan-g-komen-mad-hatters-tea-party/

http://shawnalongphotography.smugmug.com/Mad-Hatter-Tea-Party-2015/ 

Ta~TA for now!

Shawna

Mad Hatter Tea Party is THIS Saturday!

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Join us for our new Mother’s Day weekend event!!! Mad Hatter Tea Party! It is going to be SOOOOOOOOOOO much fun! Hats are encouraged but not required. It will be full of family, friends, fun and food!!  Come check out the fun decorations Down the Rabbit Hole…it will make for VERY fun photos!!!!

Come ready to bid on some SUPER fun auction items such as this AWESOME hat!

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We look forward to seeing you there!!!!! Go online here to purchase tickets: http://komenarkansas.org/arkansas-events/mad-hatter-tea-party/ or call the office at: 501-202-4399.

Shawna

First Race Meeting of 2015

US Pizza Hillcrest

US Pizza Hillcrest

The first Race meeting of 2015 took place on April 9th at the YUMMY and beautiful US Pizza in Hillcrest.  US Pizza is so good to us in many ways! If you have never tried them….go now! I love their Mexican Chicken Pizza.  They are always a good idea for lunch after the Race! They participate in our Dine Out for the Cure which gives back to Komen Arkansas for the money they make that day. Make plans for that right now….you won’t be sorry! Anywho…..I got to talkin about pizza and lost track…..Ever do that???

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Where was I???  Oh yeah, first Race Meeting! Always an exciting time for our committee. This is the time that we are all back together after making it thru the holidays and such. We have such a GREAT committee.  There is lots of smiles and hugs going on…I can tell you that! Time to get back to planning a Race this means……This means a new Race Chair leading the meeting, as well as, the year! Every Race Chair brings their own personality and spice to lead us thru Race Year!  This years Race Chair is Jacklyn “Jack” Powell! She is AMAZING!!! I would tell you more about her but I’m going to let her tell you soon in a future Blog post.

During the first meeting we found out this year’s Race theme, who our Honorary Survivor will be, Honorary 3 Miles of Men chair and about new exciting events leading up to the Race AND soooooo much more!!!!!!!!!!!  I can’t tell you allllllllllllll about in now….what fun would that be?

You won’t want to miss a SINGLE blog post folks…..Bookmark it NOW!  You will meet some amazing survivors, read some BEAUTIFUL tributes to loved ones and much MUCH more! Stay tuned…..

Love,

Shawna Long

Co-Chair 2015

Grants Luncheon

Race Chair 2014 Ashley Hurst and Race Chair 2012 Kristi Moody

Race Chair 2014 Ashley Hurst and Race Chair 2012 Kristi Moody

On March 20, 2015 the Grant Award Luncheon took place at the BEAUTIFUL Junior League Building in Downtown Little Rock.  This is an awesome event where it is announced  who was awarded the Grants from all the previous Race Year’s fundraising and more! I look forward to this event every year!

To see all the photos click the following link: http://shawnalongphotography.smugmug.com/Grants-Luncheon/

Read below the press release, that followed the event, announcing the Grants Awarded and details about the day!

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (March 20, 2015) – Today the Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen distributed 21 grants totaling over $900,000 to Arkansas organizations.
This year marks the 21st year for the Komen organization to award grants to programs around the state who are working in the fight against breast cancer. These funds are predominantly raised through the Race for the Cure® chaired in 2014 by Ashley Hurst.
A total of $917,526 was granted. Also announced was $275,000 of money raised in Arkansas that will go directly into Komen National Research grants to find a cure for breast cancer.
“We are always proud of the opportunity to help the women in our state with our grants,” said Arkansas Affiliate Executive Director Sherrye McBryde. “Our grants are a direct result of the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of our supporters. The recipients of these funds were chosen because they reflect the commitment of the Arkansas Affiliate to assure the women of Arkansas get the vital breast health services they need. Additionally, $265,000 has been used for breast cancer research to help find the cure.”
This year the largest grant awarded was $159,501 and the smallest awarded was $8,955. The Komen Arkansas Affiliate first awarded grants totaling $78,700 in 1994.
"We were so pleased to be able to raise almost $1 million dollars that will have a direct impact on the women and men of Arkansas fighting breast cancer,” says Komen Arkansas Board Chair Leila Dockery. “Whether they fight for someone they love, or fight for themselves, or for their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, or children, we join them in their efforts to eradicate this disease. We worked hard to earn this money and we are so proud to distribute to such trustworthy, valuable, impactful programs. We are also pleased to send $275,000 to Komen National for research directly related to the treatment and cure of breast cancer. Our fight continues until a cure is found."
The Affiliate awarded its highest honor, the Hickingbotham Award for Service, to
Baxter Regional Medical Center (BRMC). BRMC has provided mobile mammography to the north central part of our state serving the underserved women since 2001. Their mobile mammography unit (MMU) has travel to factories, businesses, schools and places of worship to reach women who would not otherwise have received their mammogram. Their MMU is on the road almost every day, seeing an amazing 2700 patients each year. In a show of future commitment to their community, BRMC outfitted the MMU with 3D Tomosynthesis Imaging; making Baxter Regional the first MMU in the United States to provide this cutting edge technology. As a result of their innovative approach, they were invited to bring the MMU to Capitol Hill for viewing by Congress and New York City to be part of ringing the bell for the NASDAQ.
The Hickingbotham Award is named in honor of businessman Frank Hickingbotham and his family who were founding sponsors of the Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure.
During the meeting, the Komen Arkansas Affiliate inducted four new members to its Pink Ribbon Society: AY Magazine, Black Men United Race for the Cure Team, Craig O’Neill, and the Jonesboro Country Club Women’s PGA Golf Association. Honorary membership in the Pink Ribbon Society is based on community leadership in the area of breast health and breast health awareness and given to recognize significant contributions to the state to advance the mission of the Komen organization.
AY Magazine, lead by CEO Vicki Vowell, has supported breast health awareness through support of the Race for the Cure for 20 years. In addition, they developed a fundraising event, Runway for a Cause, raising $1 million in 10 years to fund grants ensuring the women of our state received needed breast health services. Black Men United Race for the Cure Team was inspired by the high mortality rate of African American women with breast cancer. Beginning in 2005 as a means to bring awareness to their community and show support the women in the Race for the Cure. This group of dedicated men has been the largest Three Miles of Men team for the last nine years. Craig O’Neill has supported the Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen in numerous ways since the race began in 1994. As one of the most recognized faces and voices in our state, Craig has become a major media spokesperson spreading the word of breast health awareness to the women of our state. Jonesboro Country Club Women’s Professional Golf Association has led the charge of breast health awareness in the northeastern part of Arkansas. Hosting a 2 Lady Scramble, they have raised $219,000 in ten year to assure the women of their region have access to services. These efforts were lead by Janie Krennerich, Jane McDaniel, Nancy Melton and Mary Lee Wierzba.
The Promise of One Award, established in 2007 by Susan G. Komen national, is awarded to two local individuals each year in recognition of their exceptional volunteer contribution. Long time volunteers Jerry Keys and Edith Bowman were recipients.
Grants awarded this year are:
∙ $159,501 to Greater Delta Alliance for Health in Lake Village/Pine Bluff for its “Access Project Pink/Reach Every Women” program
∙ $119,131 to Encore for Women’s Health in Little Rock for its “Encore Navigation Project”
∙ $82,240 to Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation in Mountain Home for its “Mobile Mammography Unit” program
∙ $80,698 to ARcare in Augusta for its “ARcare Comprehensive Breast” program
∙ $66,689 to St. Bernards in Jonesboro for its “Bringing Mobile Mammography to Your Community” program
∙ $50,000 to CHI St. Vincent Health Systems in Little Rock for its “Services to Breast Cancer Survivors” program
∙ $45,190 to 1st Choice Healthcare, Inc. in Corning for its “Breast Health Awareness Program”
∙ $35,000 to CARTI in Little Rock for its “Access to Treatment-Overcoming Barriers” program
∙ $34,797 to CHI St. Vincent Breast Center in Little Rock for its “Targeted Screening, Diagnosis and Intervention” program
∙ $33,484 to White River Health System in Batesville for its “The Get Your Mammogram (GYM)” program
∙ $31,000 to Encore for Women’s Health in Little Rock for its “Direct Financial Assistance” program
∙ $31,000 to St. Bernards in Jonesboro for its “BreastAssured XI” program
∙ $25,518 to Baptist Health Foundation in Little Rock for its “Early Detection Program”
∙ $23,000 to Arkansas Hospice in North Little Rock for its “Funding Charitable Care Breast Cancer Hospice Patients” program
∙ $21,000 to CrossRidge Community Hospital in Wynne for its “Making Breast Health a Priority in Cross County” program
∙ $15,000 to Baptist Health Foundation in Little Rock for its “Positive Appearance Center” program
∙ $14,500 to SHARE Foundation DBA Interfaith Clinic in El Dorado for its “Interfaith Clinic Bridge to Diagnosis” program
∙ $14,281 to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock for its “Early Detection with Mobile 3D Mammography” program
∙ $13,500 to Baptist Health Foundation in Little Rock for its “Genetic Screening” program
∙ $13,042 to Ozark Health Medical Center in Clinton for its “Changing Lives Through Early Detection” program
∙ $8,955 to CHI St Vincent in Hot Springs for its “Mobile Mammography” program
Komen for the Cure was established as the Komen Foundation in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Thanks to more than 75,000 volunteers dedicated to the fight against breast cancer, Komen for the Cure with its Affiliate Network is the world’s largest private funder of community-based breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and donors, Komen for the Cure has raised over one billion dollars for the fight against breast cancer.

Guest post: Donna Terrell, Fox 16 News Anchor, daughter of breast cancer survivor

Around this time of year I am often reminded of how far we have come in raising awareness about breast cancer. How easy it is for us to have open discussions about it. How we celebrate survivor-ship and how we remind our friends and family members to do self breast checks and get mammograms.

Many years ago my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Looking back she never really told me what was going on but that something was wrong and she believed God would take care of her. I was living and working in another state at the time – so when I came home and discovered she had a radical mastectomy I was shocked and heartbroken. I saw where her breast had been removed. She also showed me her prosthesis – back then it was an object shaped like a small pillow, stuffed with material that she placed inside of her bra. I kept thinking why did I not realize the extent of her surgery. How could I have not known.

She was right – God did take care of her and allowed momma to become an 11 year breast cancer survivor. Those years were full of life and the breast cancer never returned. She eventually died from another form of cancer that doctors told us was not connected to the breast cancer.

Not long after she died, my aunt and I were talking about my mom – her only sister. We were reminiscing about her life and impact on all of us. I said to my aunt “well, after momma had breast cancer…” and before I could finish the sentence my aunt looked at me in shock and said “breast cancer? I didn’t know sister had breast cancer!” And she began to cry.  After all the time the two of them spent together living in the same town – after all the phone conversations, holidays spent together, family dinners and going to church together she never knew her only sister was a breast cancer survivor.

Over the years I have come to understand why I didn’t know the extent of momma’s surgery. I never realized she would lose a breast because she didn’t want me to know. It was too personal – too private and she was too fearful to talk about it openly. We all know there was time when women didn’t talk too much about female medical issues. It was taboo in our society.

I am grateful to Komen for helping us lift the veil of secrecy and talk about breast cancer. Being able to share the news with friends and especially family members has saved many lives. Thanks to Komen we have come so far in raising awareness and money for research. And thanks to research we have made tremendous strides in eradicating this disease. Let’s keep putting one foot in front of the other through events like The Race For The Cure. We’ll get to our destination – it’s just a matter of time.

– Donna Terrell, Fox16 News Anchor and Susan G. Komen Board Member

Let’s TALK about it!  OUT LOUD!  Women need the information, the education, and the support that comes with sharing.  You, my beautiful survivor princesses, have no reason to be ashamed!  You are a champion.  And you are my hero.

– Ashley Hurst, 2014 Race Chair