Celebrating 30 Years


Thirty years ago, Lydia Tolle did a self-breast exam… she noticed something didn’t feel  right. She found a lump and knew in that moment something was wrong.

After going to the doctor to express her concerns, she was stunned at the news she had received- Breast Cancer.

She couldn’t believe that this could happen. There wasn’t anyone in her immediate family who had cancer. She had felt as if the world was closing in on her, but thought, “Lord, the worst thing that could happen is that I could die from this, the other is that they would remove my breast. So I left it in His hands, I did my part and He did His.”

Lydia turned her state of shock into a state of positivity. She had a mastectomy and went through six months of chemotherapy.


Through her breast cancer journey, one of the biggest lessons learned was there is always hope! She says, “It is important that you stay positive and surround yourself with love. Remember to take one day at a time.” She also learned that it’s important to exercise and stay healthy. Be your own advocate. If something doesn’t feel right, talk to your doctor. Early detection is key.

Lydia is very proud to say she is now a 30 year breast cancer survivor! She is a breast cancer advocate, Komen San Antonio volunteer and 2016 Race Top Team fundraiser.Lydia empowers women to know their body and get screened, regardless of life circumstances. She’s a champion, advocate and inspiration to us all.

Ignite the Night


On October 1st, Komen San Antonio hosted Ignite the Night at the Tower of the Americas to open Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase the awareness of the disease that continues to affect thousands of women worldwide. The event was held to honor fighters, survivors, and those who have gone before us. Over two hundred guests joined us as we lit the Tower pink to recognize all who have been affected by breast cancer.

A big thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, the Tower of the Americas; Champion Sponsors: Argo Group, Cavender Auto Group, and Zachry; Ambassador Sponsors: Kassahn & Ortiz, P.C. and The NRP Group; Friend Sponsors: The Honorable Justin Rodriguez, Treco Enterprises, Inc., and Wells Fargo. 

towerThe event also recognized our beloved sponsors, grantees, and volunteers who have continuously helped to make our mission possible. Local artist, Albert Gonzalez gifted and contributed to our silent auction by creating beautiful, original works of art that were inspired by breast cancer fighters and survivors. We were also delighted to have the very talented and passionate, Grupo Folklorico de Bendiciones who attend and performed throughout the evening.


Lastly, the reception celebrated Komen’s 20th anniversary and aimed to encourage the public to get involved, and remind those that we are MORE THAN PINK!

To learn more about our upcoming events this October, visit our website at komensanantonio.org/san-antonio-events/.

Learn about our newest programs!

by Kelsey Johnson

This year, Komen San Antonio is providing over $740,000 to 11 local health organizations that provide breast cancer services to women who lack health care coverage or the financial means to obtain breast health screenings or cancer support services.

Each funded organization is selected through an independent Grant Review Panel and a competitive review process. Susan G. Komen San Antonio is proud to announce our two newest 2015-2016 Community Grant Partners! Take a scroll and see how Komen funds are making an impact in our community.

Friends of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Foundation


As one of our newest grantees, CHRISTUS Health is providing lifesaving services to our community! With the use of Komen funds, CHRISTUS is able to provide 242 screening mammograms this year. Be sure to check out their fabulously pink, mobile mammography unit!

Mobile Mammo Unit

Year-round, they travel throughout San Antonio helping women get their annual mammograms. They also make it a priority to schedule the mobile unit in areas in Bexar County that were identified as being at higher risk for late-stage breast cancer and death based on the findings of Komen San Antonio’s 2015 Community Profile Report.

To find more information, or to see where the mobile unit will be headed next, please visit their website.

UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

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Science has proved that in some cases, breast cancer is linked to genetics. At The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, they are able to provide genetic counseling and testing to patients who are considered high risk for developing breast cancer through the support of Komen funds. (Eligibility requirements apply).

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The clinic’s genetic counselors help a patient determine what is the right option for them or their family by reviewing their personal health history. It’s always good to have options!

To find more information on this Komen Grantee, visit the website in the link above.

We’re grateful for all of our Grantees for joining us in our mission to save lives!


4 Reasons to “Big Give” Komen on May 5th

by Sarah Munroe

4 Reasons

May 5th marks the second annual The Big Give S.A., a 24-hour online fundraiser for local non-profit organizations. Last year the San Antonio community raised over $2 million, and this year we’re shooting for $3 million. (For more information about the Big Give, check out this fun video!)

Here are four reasons why this Cinco de Mayo, you should donate to Komen:

1. Funds help San Antonians who are affected by breast cancer.
This could be your mother, sister, wife, daughter, best friend or neighbor. Together, we can help make their battles a little more bearable by providing prosthetic bras, wigs, and treatment assistance. Funds also help women take control of their health through screening and diagnostics.

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2. An anonymous donor will give Komen a $10,000 matching gift, but ONLY if we raise that amount on May 5th (not a dollar less!).
This would be hugely beneficial; $10,000 can provide about 200 prosthetic bras, 100 wigs, 71 mammograms, or 42 hours of chemotherapy. See how we’re using donations to help families fight back. 


3. Every donation means a chance to win.
When you give to Komen for the Big Give S.A., your name will be entered in a drawing during the hour you donate. For example, if you donate over four hours, your name will be entered in four different drawings. Prizes include packages from Laser Quest, Alamo Drafthouse, The Tobin Center, San Antonio Zoo and more! win

4. If you’re a Race for the Cure fundraiser, the money you donate can be credited to your Race fundraising goal.
When you donate on May 5, include the name of the 2015 Race for the Cure participant you’d like us to credit the gift to. You can put your name or another walker/runner. The event is over, but we haven’t crossed the finish line yet!
The 2015 Race fundraising pledge deadline is Monday, May 11 and there a lots of great prizes!


When May 5 rolls around in about two weeks, we hope you’ll consider making a difference in the lives of our neighbors, friends and families by giving to Susan G. Komen San Antonio.

Let’s go!

4 Things You Should Know About Race For the Cure

Dust off your sneakers and get ready for a wild day of spirited crowds, endorphin-pumping running (or walking, if you’re like me and aren’t exactly an Olympian), parades of pink, and uplifting teams of people affected by breast cancer, survivors and their loved ones. The 18th Annual Susan G. Komen San Antonio Race for the Cure is right around the corner and has become a family favorite. It’s an event you won’t want to miss.

Here are a few things you should know:

1. It’s the largest 5K Run/Walk in San Antonio. About 20,000 people attend the Race to honor survivors, support patients and remember loved ones. Whether or not you’ve been affected by breast cancer, you’re not alone in wanting to join this event. With a 5K Timed Competitive Run, 5K Non-Competitive Run, and 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk, the Race has something to offer everyone! It’s a chance for families, friends, and individuals to come together and take a stand for one purpose: to say “adios” to breast cancer.

2. It’s back at the Alamodome. The course runs through downtown and finishes in nearby downtown neighborhoods. And yes…it goes by the Alamo!

3. The Start Line is a little different. Usually the Start Line for the Race is on Cherry St. and heads to Cesar Chavez. This year, it’s at the opposite end on Cherry St. and Montana. Need a visual aid? Click here for maps of the routes.

4. The impact lasts even after you cross the Finish Line. Funds raised through the Race benefit local families by providing screening, treatment assistance, wigs, prosthetic bras, lymphatic drainage, transportation to treatment for uninsured women, and much more. To learn more about these services, please visit a listing of Komen’s Community Grants.

We hope to see you at the Race on Saturday, April 11 at 8:00 a.m..! For more information, to register for the Race, or to donate, click here.

by Sarah Munroe