As a nonprofit organization, Komen San Antonio relies upon the support of our generous fundraising teams and individuals. With their help we have been able to achieve and meet the most critical needs in our communities and invest in research to prevent and cure breast cancer. This month we would like to honor and recognize one of our most impactful teams, Besties for Breasties.
Eight years ago, Missy Rael, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following her diagnosis, she became more involved with Komen and soon organized her own Race for the Cure fundraising team. Having two daughters of her own and having experienced breast cancer first hand, Missy felt the need to do what she could to give back and help other women who are battling this disease.
Since 2008, Besties for Breasties has grown into a team of over one hundred members, many of whom are survivors or are currently battling breast cancer themselves. Though her team was originally named “Power Pink Girls”, Missy changed the team’s name to “Besties for Breasties” after many of her dearest friends and team members were diagnosed with the same cancer or another form of cancer. One of her closest friends, and Co-captain, Pat Shreder, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Missy and Pat work diligently in arranging fundraising events to motivate their team and get their members, and the community involved.
The team has organized many silent auctions, pink parties, and wine tasting events which have proven to be very successful being a Top Fundraising Team for the past 4 years. Besties for Breasties are working with companies such as Kendra Scott, Painting with a Twist, and TopGolf who have been exceptional contributors and supporters of the Komen cause.
When planning fundraising events, Missy and Pat suggest that the best way to encourage team members is by staying heavily involved and in communication with one another, in order to motivate members to stay active with the team’s end goal. Also, to never be afraid to ask for help or to reach out to the community and local businesses because most individuals are more than happy to offer their support.
Since Missy’s diagnosis, it has been her mission to act as an advocate and encourage other women who are currently battling this illness.
Missy feels that is important for women with breast cancer to be in touch with one another and to provide comfort and reassurance during these difficult times. When speaking to women about the Komen cause and breast cancer disease, Missy likes to remind fighters and survivors that it may be tough, but “Tough Women Stand Together”.