The Many Faces of Fundraising


General Mills contacted Komen Ozark about a unique fundraising idea! Several of their staff needed a quality headshot for their LinkedIn profile picture, social media and other business needs. With a volunteer photographer that agreed to set up onsite(Thanks Mark!) employees signed up and paid for a headshot. Fundraising doesn’t need to be hard, complicated or time consuming.

For an added donation they had an awesome salad bar for lunch that was a huge team project.

Thank you to our friends at General Mills for planning this “fun” event and for helping Komen Ozark meet the ever increasing need for breast health services, education, treatment assistance, support and navigation for underinsured and uninsured members of our community.

Doesn’t General Mills have the most beautiful people both inside and out?


Fundraising comes in all shapes and sizes!

Y’all meet 11 year old Rylie and pup Copper. Rylie sold pink ribbon dog bandanas with proceeds going to the 2016 Race for the Cure “Team Jennifer” (Bryant) – raising $400! By the way, Cooper is modeling one of the bandanas. Rylie was in a drawing for one of our incentive prizes for fundraising. She won a Kent International Susan G. Komen pink cruiser.


The generous spirit of fundraisers like Miss Rylie is what makes the Komen Ozarks annual Race for the Cure a huge success. Fundraising fuels our mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever!

Komen Ozark is accepting small grant applications

Nonprofit organizations in the Komen Ozark service area can now apply for small grants! We are excited to offer four small grant opportunities.

Members of a community welcoming a new member.

New this year, the Affiliate has added Capacity-Building grants. These grants are for organizations interested in beginning a new program or test new ideas that will increase the innovative capacity and effectiveness of breast health programs that serve low income, underinsured and uninsured patients. Capacity Building grants can be used to enhance an organization’s ability to provide services by redesigning processes, implementing new practices, or developing collaborations or partnerships. Capacity Building grants can be requested for up to $10,000.


Educational and Outreach grant applications can be submitted for new approaches to reach our target communities. These grants provide opportunities to creatively meet identified education and outreach needs in our area. These grants can be written for up to $10,000. More information about our target communities can be obtained by reviewing the Komen Ozark Community Profile – which can be found on our website:

Travel grants are available for up to $2,000. This small grant opportunity is for an individual attending a conference or seminar that would increase the community knowledge of breast cancer. There is a new requirement for grantees to provide a short written report six months following attendance to report on any implemented strategies or activities influenced by attendance.


Last, Conference grant applications can be submitted to support an organization that would like host a local scientific or education conference. The conference should focus on the enhancement of interaction between advocates, healthcare and the scientific community. These grants can be funded up to $10,000.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Applicant must be a 501(c) organization (non-profit organization, educational institution and/or government agency) and provide proof of non-profit status if it is not already on file with the Affiliate. Checks cannot be issued to individuals; they must be issued to the 501(c) 3 organization.
  • Applicant must be operating within the Komen Affiliate’s service area, and funded activities (except travel) must take place within the service area.
  • Project or event must be specific to breast health/breast cancer, and must be relevant to the Komen Promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
  • Please contact Vicki Cowling at before initiating the application process.
  • All grant proposals must be submitted online through the Grants e-Management System (GeMS):


One Year Later…


Today is bittersweet. On one hand, we are so excited for our upcoming Race for the Cure, but on the other hand we can’t help to remember the news we received on this day last year.  On April 28, 2015, our Executive Director, Mary Alfrey passed away after being rediagnosed with breast cancer.  As a staff, we found out about her diagnosis on the same day as the Race Office Opening and three days after the 2015 Race for the Cure she was gone.  21 Days.

At her very core, Mary was an optimist. Things were never as bad as they appeared and she always had nice things to say about each of us.  She took her initial diagnosis of breast cancer in stride and used her experience to relate to other survivors.  That’s why her passing was shocking and tough.  Mary passed away from the very disease we work so hard to defeat.  The truth of the situation that so many families face, was something that was unexpected and left us speechless.

The support that the Komen Ozark family received from so many people, some we had never met, was a true testament to Mary and the legacy that she left. It is so difficult to pick yourself up after a tragic loss, but we knew we owed it to, not only Mary and her family and friends, but to all of the women we have lost, those who were fighting their battle and to those who have yet to receive a diagnosis.  We have so much work to do, that we had to take our experience and rally around raising more money to fund research, to make sure that ALL women receive quality breast health care and to support those going through treatment or have gone through treatment.

We miss Mary. She was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, friend and boss.  She is a constant reminder to us that our work is not done and that what we do is relevant and important.

One year later…our commitment is just as strong.

Komen Ozark Team



J.B. Hunt Transportation Services


Since the inception of the Komen Ozark affiliate in 1998, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc has been right by our side in the fight against breast cancer. From monetary support and in-kind donations, to the volunteer efforts of many J.B. Hunt team members, J.B. Hunt has been there to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Along with the commitment of the company, Mrs. Johnelle Hunt has dedicated a tremendous amount of her personal time to our cause. From serving as a founding board member to winning the Promise of One Award in 2008, we are forever indebted to the personal commitment their family has shown the Ozark Affiliate.


Thanks to partners like J.B. Hunt, Komen Ozark has been able to give over $9.5 million back to our local community and nearly $3 million to research to find the cures. The Ozark Affiliate is able to make an impact on these families by funding breast health screening, education and treatment services for those uninsured and underinsured members of the local community. Without partners like J.B. Hunt, Komen Ozark and many others could not impact local lives in the same capacity.

If you have ever attended Race for the Cure and wondered how we manage to make it all happen – the answer is J.B. Hunt. With their generous sponsorship, J.B. Hunt stores, transports, and makes sure set up and logistics go smoothly on race day.  We could not do it without them…they even painted their fork lift pink! Thank you to the team and J.B. Hunt Transportation Services for all your support.


Along with the support of the logistics team that help make the race happen, we are also proud to have J.B. Hunt employee Zac McCool serve as the race chair for the 2016 Race for the Cure on April 30th. Without the hard work of Zac, Butch and the logistics team along countless other volunteers from J.B. Hunt, the race would not be possible.


The Roadhogs Race For The Cure Team

The Arkansas Razorbacks Roadhogs is a group of Razorback fans with RVs who love the Arkansas Razorbacks!  Roadhog Park is located on 15th Street in Fayetteville, just east of Baum Stadium.

Several years ago, a group of Roadhog members began participating in the Komen Ozark Race For The Cure,  as a way to support the community in which the main campus of the University of Arkansas is located. The Roadhogs Race For The Cure team is comprised of Roadhog members, and family and friends of Roadhog members.

The 2015 Roadhogs team was honored to be named one of the Top Fundraising teams in the “Friends and Family” division, and the Roadhogs team had three members who placed in the Top 25 Fundraisers for last year.  Congratulations to Jim Petty from Van Buren for being the top fundraiser on the Roadhog team for 2015. The Roadhogs are honored to work together with so many other great teams, corporations, and individuals in the fight against breast cancer! We eagerly anticipate the day when a cure is found!

Tyson Foods Proudly Supports Komen Ozark for the 18th Year with $30,000 Gift

Since 1998 Komen Ozark has been fighting to support local men and women in our area and Tyson Foods has been there every step of the way. Serving as the Founding Sponsor since the Inaugural Race for the Cure in 1999, Tyson Foods has given over $350,000 to Komen Ozark to help in the fight against breast cancer.

Thanks to partners like Tyson, Komen Ozark has been able to give over $9.5 million back to our local community and nearly $3 million to research to find the cures. The Ozark Affiliate is able to make an impact on these families by funding breast health screening, education and treatment services for those uninsured and underinsured members of the local community. Without partners like Tyson Foods Komen Ozark and many others could not impact local lives in the same capacity. From monetary support and in-kind donations, to the volunteer efforts of many Tyson team members, Tyson Foods has been there to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

“Komen Ozark is so thankful for the continued support of Tyson Foods.  Without our corporate partners, we’d never be able to do what we do – provide breast cancer education, screening and treatment to thousands of local women and men and to also fund breast cancer research. Tyson’s generosity and tireless efforts allow us to continue striving to save lives and end breast cancer forever.” Lauren Marquette, Executive Director, Komen Ozark Affiliate.

Tyson's check

Sixteen Leaders In Breast Cancer Research Are New Komen Scholars

New Members Expand Breadth and Depth of Komen’s Research Program

Susan G. Komen, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, welcomes 16 leaders in breast cancer research and advocacy who will serve as Komen Scholars – an international advisory group which helps to guide Komen’s research and scientific programs, education and advocacy work, and public health efforts in the U.S. and abroad.

The new members join 44 current Komen Scholars who since 2010 have advised and provided expertise to Komen in a variety of capacities, including a primary responsibility of leading and participating in the annual peer-review process that Komen uses to fund its research program. At $889 million since 1982, Komen’s is the largest breast cancer research investment of any nonprofit.

“Our newest Komen Scholars bring additional expertise to Komen’s research program and our peer-review process,” said Komen President and CEO Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S. “Very importantly, they serve as experts and advocates for our network of more than 100 Komen Affiliates and in communities around the globe. They share our vision of a world where no one dies from breast cancer. We are delighted to welcome them to our Komen team.”

Komen Scholars are chosen for their knowledge and leadership within the scientific, research and advocacy communities, and for their own contributions to breast cancer research. Scholars bring a wide range of proficiencies across the spectrum of breast cancer science and care, including metastatic breast cancer, immunology, prevention, public health, disparities and patient advocacy.

The latest experts to join the Komen Scholars include:

Abenaa M. Brewster, M.D., MHS – The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Risk Reduction, Survivorship, Disparities)

Jason S. Carroll, Ph.D. – Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute (Biology, Endocrine Resistance)

Dawn L. Hershman, M.D., MS – Columbia University Medical Center (Survivorship, Health Outcomes, Disparities)

Yibin Kang, Ph.D. – Princeton University (Biology,Metastasis)

Tari A. King, M.D. – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Clinical Research, Treatment)

Keith L. Knutson, Ph.D. – Mayo Clinic (Biology,Immunotherapy)

Mia A. Levy, M.D., Ph.D. – Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (Big Data, Precision Medicine)

Jennifer A. Ligibel, M.D. – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Treatment, Lifestyle Interventions)

Anna M. Napoles, Ph.D., M.P.H. – University of California, San Francisco (Survivorship, Disparities)

Lisa A. Newman, M.D., M.P.H. – Henry Ford Health System (Risk Reduction, Disparities, Global Health)

Steffi Oesterreich, Ph.D. – University of Pittsburgh (Biology, Endocrine Resistance)

Charles M. Perou, Ph.D. – University of North Carolina (Genomics, Precision Medicine)

Kornelia Polyak, M.D., Ph.D. – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Biology, Tumor Diversity, Risk, Prevention)

Lajos Pusztai, M.D., D.Phil. – Yale University (Clinical Research, Treatment, Big Data)

Deborah J. Rhodes, M.D. – Mayo Clinic (Early Detection, Imaging, Breast Density)

-Alana L. Welm, Ph.D. – Huntsman Cancer Institute (Biology, Metastasis)

“The Komen Scholars are a brilliant group of cancer researchers who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our collective fight against this disease,” said Komen Chief Scientific Advisor Dr. George Sledge. “Their expertise goes from the bench to the bedside, and many have already made important contributions to our understanding of the disease, and to its conquest through better diagnosis and treatment.”

Dr. Eric Winer, Chief Scientific Advisor for Komen, spoke highly of the new members as well, saying, “The Komen Scholars include the brightest, most creative and most hardworking individuals in the field today. They are not only leaders in the field, but support Komen in its fight against all of breast cancer — every stage of the disease, and in every woman and man. We are pleased and proud to partner with them, and support their research efforts.”

Komen Scholars whose terms have ended will continue to partner with the organization through Komen’s research program, network of Affiliates, and other programs combating breast cancer worldwide.

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Race for the Cure Volunteers Needed!

2016 RFTC volunteer banner

It’s fun! It’s rewarding…. and you will meet some truly incredible people when you volunteer for the Komen Ozark Race for the Cure. The success of the Race depends heavily on the support we receive from our community volunteers. It takes over 300 extra hands on Race Day. With the Race quickly approaching we still have a need for 250 volunteers to help on Friday, April 29 and Race Day Saturday, April 30th.

Volunteers fill all sorts of needs for the Race, including being with the dogs at Bark for the Cure, handing out water to runners on the course, timed chip collection, putting up crowd control barricades, providing directions, set up, tear down and hanging banners.

To see a complete list of needs and to volunteer your time for Komen Ozark Race for the Cure, click here.