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

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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. 

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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!

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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

Movember

When we hear “Movember,” most of us think about mustaches, but we rarely think about the reason behind the mustache. Movember is the time of year that men’s health takes a front seat, and as we wrap up this years campaign, we think it’s a good time to talk about something many men don’t even know they are at risk for: breast cancer. Ray Sanchez knows about this all too well.

While working in law enforcement, Ray felt an irritation on his chest that he thought was caused by a cyst rubbing against the bulletproof vest he wore. The pain became so severe he stopped wearing his vest to work. After some encouragement from his wife, Ray went to the doctor and the lump was then removed. Further testing allowed doctors to confirm that the lump was not a cyst, but instead a malignant tumor. At 36 years old Ray Sanchez was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. “I was in shock,” said Ray, “this can’t happen to a man, this can’t happen to me.” But it did and Ray credits his doctors with his survival saying, “I had a great team, we attacked it, we got in and out.”

After some aggressive treatment, 16 years later Ray is cancer free. He describes his experience as “the luck of the draw.” If he hadn’t went to the doctor when he did, the cancer could have quickly spiraled out of control. This is why Ray encourages men to “know the symptoms” and “know the aches and pains because that’s how I found mine.” Ray says, “Men are under the assumption they can’t get a women’s disease but it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee.” Both Ray and his wife, who is also a breast cancer survivor, work actively to spread awareness to both men and women in our community. “The death rate in men is going up and has been going up for quite some time,” said Ray, “you have to make people aware.”

It is somewhat easy to understand why men wouldn’t necessarily align themselves with breast cancer given that the word “breast” is almost always associated with a woman. Some people still look at Ray as if it’s impossible he battled breast cancer, but he can say from first-hand experience, “men need to know about this.” It’s true men need to know because not knowing isn’t going to stop breast cancer from affecting a person. Not knowing is only going to affect the chances of survival if breast cancer does happen.

Ray’s story reminds us how important it is that men understand their risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer and do so even when it’s not Movember. We encourage men to accept the fact that breast cancer is not just a woman’s disease. We challenge everyone to know their risk, get screened, check for abnormalities and live a healthy lifestyle. It’s time to man up and start fighting! Together we can end breast cancer forever!

Breanna Davila

Be Bald & Be Free Day

Today is Be Bald & Be Free Day–THE day to recognize that even though you may not have hair right now, you are still BEAUTIFUL!!

When I first got diagnosed with breast cancer at the ripe age of 28, one of the things they told me was that I would lose my hair. I remained hopeful that I would be one of the 5% that didn’t. Well, I wasn’t! Everyone said, “Shave your head before your hair starts falling out,” but I felt I was going through this for a reason beyond myself. So I decided to see what it’s like to lose the most precious possessions that society says makes us women beautiful. I wanted to use this opportunity to let inner beauty shine out and not follow the mold of how the world says you have to look.

Well, I’m glad I did.

Because throughout this journey of losing my hair, my eyelashes (which I loved so much by the way), one of my breasts which I now call my moob= missing+boob, I have learned how to feel beautiful in every season of my life–whether I have hair or no hair!

I have embraced the phrase “NO HAIR DON’T CARE” and made that my motto at how I look going through hard times. It isn’t just about your hair, it is a boldly positive outlook at any situation you go through. Whether you’ve been through cancer or not. Nothing that we go through in life defines who you are! You are not the mistakes you’ve made nor the cancer that may be inside you. All of us are fighters! Fighters at life! And survivors of life! If you’re reading this now, you are a SURVIVOR!

Life can be tough but it’s how you perceive situations that will make living worth it. I may be battling cancer, but I don’t feel like it. I choose to believe that God created me for a purpose and it’s through his son Jesus Christ that I have come this far in my breast cancer battle journey. He has given me the supernatural strength, courage, love, support & hope! Through the Holy Spirit my perspective was changed to see the blessings and positivity in life. That’s what gets me through each and every day with great joy! I am grateful for today and pray for tomorrow. Thank you, Jesus!

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

Forget what the girls on the magazines look like (those girls don’t even look like those girls in the magazine).

Forget about what society or social media says is beautiful….you go out there and be the best version of yourself in this season! Your time to shine is now! So be bald & be free!!!

Dezare Cedillo

Thank You!

Thank you to the Alamodome, Alamo Quarry Market, the Tower of the Americas and all those who participated for your support during breast cancer awareness month. We couldn’t do what we do without our wonderful volunteers, survivors, supporters, advocates and partners. You are truly making a difference in San Antonio and we appreciate all that you do.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Sincerely,

Komen San Antonio