Zac McCool – 2018 Race Operations Committee Member

zac-mccoolMeet Zac McCool, one of the awesome men that work to make your race day happen! Zac helps coordinate the various moving parts on our Operations Committee. This committee works to make sure every detail  from tent set up, signage, trash cans, barricades, generators and forklifts and more… are planned and implemented. 

 “My wife Jennifer and I got involved with Komen Ozark 6 years ago after Lauren Marquette asked us to chair the survivor breakfast. It was an easy decision for me considering my grandmother had battled breast cancer years ago. Though young at the time, I remember watching her going through treatment and the support she received from the Washington Regional Cancer Support Home. It was then that I knew that I was going to give back to the place that supported her and the community that supported the Cancer Support Home.” Zac McCool


2018 Race for the Cure – Committee Member Spotlight! Meet Anna and Lindsay

About your Concierge! AnnaYour race day liaison, Anna Daily, is a graduate of the UofA, lifelong hog fan, and longtime NWA resident.  Anna has volunteered in other capacities with Komen Ozark, and understands how the funds raised through this race will impact the lives of women and families throughout Northwest  Arkansas and Southern Missouri.

Anna is currently the Chief Scientist for Ascendant Dx and is working to develop a screening test for breast cancer using proteins from tears. Anna has had the opportunity to meet with women at all stages of the breast health continuum of care and is passionate about reducing deaths due to breast cancer by increasing access to care and breast health education. Anna looks forward to meeting you and helping you enjoy your race day experience


LindsayI am Lindsay Rutherford and I serve as a race day liaison.  I have volunteered with Komen Ozark for the past two years, serving as a concierge on the Race Committee.  I fully believe in the work Komen Ozark is doing.  By not only educating women on Breast Health but also by supporting women financially, emotionally, and physically, I truly believe that the number of breast cancer deaths and late stage diagnosis will be greatly decreased.

Breast cancer awareness is a very near and dear to my heart both professionally and personally.  Professionally, I work for Ascendant Dx developing a novel low cost screening test to detect breast cancer using tears.  Breast cancer is also personal for me as I, like countless others, have family members and friends affected by this disease.  Through my work at Ascendant and in my personal life I met countless women who have or had breast cancer which strengthens my resolve to  make a difference in their lives.

I am very excited to be on the Race Committee again this year and am looking forward to another successful event.




Michelle Yarber – Team Captain Stems of Steel

Michelle Yarber

Our family lost a young, beautiful, person to breast cancer about 20 years ago. She wrote a poem about the women of our family being different types of flowers with Stems of Steel, which is my teams name.  Since that time her husband was also diagnosed with Breast Cancer, has been through treatment and a survivor. I also have an aunt who is a survivor of breast cancer.  So the cause has always been close to my heart.

In April 2013 I ran the 10k Race for a Cure, not knowing I had Breast Cancer myself. The following month I had my annual mammogram, I was 41 years old, and had been having annual mammograms for several years due to lumps that had continue to come up, but all were benign until then. This time they saw some spots they wanted to check out.  I had a biopsy and in June was diagnosed with stage 2, HER +. After a year of treatment, and a bilateral mastectomy, I was told I was cancer free.

I am thankful for the research and developments in treatments, and that is why I am a Team Captain for Race for The Cure.

Kids for the Cure Coloring Contest

Want to see your kid’s artwork on the back of a t-shirt?  Think your kid has some drawing skills?  Enter our Kids for the Cure Coloring Contest sponsored by BIC today!

Kids age 12 and under can compete to have their drawing printed on the back of the Kids for the Cure t-shirts.  The winner will also have the opportunity to give the Pledge of Allegiance on stage at Race Day and will receive a prize from our Coloring Contest sponsor, BIC.  Second and third place entries will also receive a prize from BIC.

Entries (along with the application below) are due by Friday, January 19 , so don’t delay!

Contact the Komen Ozark office for any questions at (479) 750-7465 or

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John and Brandy Furner Named 2018 Race for the Cure Honorary Chairs


The Susan G. Komen Ozark Affiliate announced today that John and Brandy Furner will serve as the honorary race chairs for the 2018 Komen Ozark Race for the Cure on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall in Rogers.

John Furner is currently CEO of Sam’s Club.   He and his wife, Brandy, are active members of the Northwest Arkansas community, and also the proud parents of four children.

“We are honored and excited to have both John and Brandy Furner serve as our Honorary Race Chairs this year,” said Lauren Marquette, Executive Director of the Ozark Affiliate.  “The Race for the Cure is our largest fundraiser and provides critical funding for local women and men who are in need of life-saving services.  John and Brandy’s support will help build awareness of the local need.”

“Like so many people, we know the pain and toll that breast cancer takes on patients and their loved ones,” said John Furner. “We are honored to help the incredibly passionate and effective team at Komen Ozark raise awareness and funds for families in Northwest Arkansas.”

The Komen Ozark Race for the Cure raises funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates survivors, and honors those who have lost their battle from the disease.  Participation in the event and individual fundraising help provide free services for every step of the breast cancer journey, including education, outreach, screening & diagnostic services, emergency assistance, transportation, and research.

This is the 20th Anniversary Race held in Northwest Arkansas.  On April 28, 2018, thousands of people will come together to celebrate the strong women and men who have fought or continue to fight this disease.

75% of all net proceeds are invested in the local community and provide education, screening, and treatment support services to women, men, and families in the 10 counties served by Komen Ozark.  25% of the net race proceeds will be invested in breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen Research Program.

Race registration for teams and individuals will open soon.  Events include a Survivor Breakfast & Parade, timed 10K and 5K runs, a non-timed 5K and a one-mile fun walk.  Registration will also be available for Paws for the Cure, Kids for the Cure, and Virtual participant.

For more information about the 20th Anniversary Race for the Cure, please visit


Komen Ozark Announces New Development Officer


The Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is pleased to announce the recent hire of Caitlin E. Savage, Esq. to Development Officer.  In this position, Caitlin will be responsible for developing and executing revenue generating strategies that fund Komen Ozark’s mission-driven services.

A former practicing attorney, Savage was passionate about fundraising for local nonprofits and dedicated her free time to volunteering in the community. Since 2015, she served as Chair of the Fundraising Advisory Board for Lucie’s Place, the only nonprofit in Arkansas specifically serving homeless LGBT youth.


In 2015, she received a grant from the Southern Partners Fund to study “raising resources in the rural South.” In 2016, the Arkansas Association of Fundraising Professionals named her as the Chamberlain Scholar, sending her to the AFP’s international conference in Boston.

As Pro Bono Chair for the Arkansas Bar Association this year, she organized multiple pro bono clinics around the state, assisting marginalized Arkansans with legal documents. For her efforts, Savage was honored with the Equal Justice Distinguished Service Award and the Young Lawyers’ Section Award of Excellence at this year’s Arkansas Bar Annual Meeting.

Originally from Jonesboro, Savage graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in Philosophy (B.A. 2008, Magna Cum Laude), before attending the University of Arkansas School of Law (J.D. 2013).

Caitlin lives in Fayetteville with her two rescue dogs, Grace and Penny.

“Mission Moments” – Sponsored by Mercy

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Because a diagnosis can be overwhelming, Mercy Northwest Arkansas breast health navigators – Emily, Mary Catherine and Bethany – will help guide you through treatment – to survival.

This “Mission Moment” has been brought to you by Mercy. 


The Mercy Breast Center provides breast care for women in Benton, Carroll, and Washington counties who seek breast screenings, advanced diagnostics, and treatment. Navigation services guide women and their families through the continuum of care which often requires overcoming access to care challenges. Providing culturally competent care by a Spanish-speaking navigator and Spanish-speaking staff in other areas of the Mercy Breast Center is a cornerstone of our navigation program.


2017 Swing for the Cure – Executive Sponsor is Paul Beahm, SVP of Walmart Health and Wellness

Paul Paul HeadshotBeahm, SVP of Walmart Health and Wellness will serve as the Executive Sponsor for Komen Ozark’s 10th Annual Swing for the Cure golf tournament at Shadow Valley Country Club on Friday, September 22.

“Swing for the Cure is a great way to support Komen Ozark’s life-saving work and mission in Northwest Arkansas,” says Beahm.  “This event raises funds necessary to provide breast health services for our neighbors and also continues to support critical breast cancer research that will help us find the cures.”

Swing for the Cure is an 18 hole scramble tournament that offers morning and afternoon flights, lunch, prizes and more.  Proceeds from Swing for the Cure will benefit the Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.  For more information about sponsorship opportunities or to register a team, contact Lauren Marquette at or (479) 750-7465.

75 percent of the proceeds from this event benefit local women and men and helps fund local breast health programs that provide education, screening and treatment assistance to those in need. The other 25 percent of the proceeds goes to breast cancer research.  For those who want to support Komen but cannot attend the event, donations can be made either online at or by sending a check to the Komen Ozark office at P.O. Box 309 Springdale, Arkansas  72764.


Arkansas Becomes the 43rd State to Pass Oral Parity Legislation

Arkansas Affiliates of Susan G. Komen Applaud Governor Hutchinson for Signing Legislation to Increase Access to Oral Anticancer Treatments  

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Affiliates of Susan G. Komen thanked Gov. Asa Hutchinson for signing legislation designed to increase access to oral anticancer treatments for cancer patients in Arkansas.

The legislation, House Bill 1592, authored by Representative Greg Leding, requires parity in health benefit coverage between orally administered anticancer medications and IV administered anticancer medications.

Cancer treatment is continually innovating, with the growing trend towards orally administered anticancer drugs that are more targeted and more effective.  Unfortunately, insurance coverage has not kept pace with this evolution.  The result has been patient cost-sharing obligations that are much higher for oral anticancer drugs than for drugs delivered through IV administration.

“On behalf of cancer patients across the state, we are so grateful for Representative Leding’s leadership on this issue, and for Gov. Hutchison’s support,” said Komen Ozark Executive Director, Lauren Marquette, “This legislation will ensure patients in Arkansas are able to access the most effective treatment without concerns of bankruptcy.”

The Komen Affiliates worked closely with Representative Leding to provide testimony at hearings and ensure outreach to legislative offices on the importance of this legislation.   In addition, we would like to thank all of our volunteers and supporters that reached out to their legislative offices in support of this critical legislation.

The legislation co-authored by Senator Greg Standridge received nearly unanimous bi-partisan support.

“By working together, and ensuring access to quality treatment for all cancer patients in Arkansas, we can change the outcome for thousands of cancer patients in this state,” said Komen Arkansas Executive Director, Sherrye McBride.

Arkansas joins 42 other states and the District of Columbia in ensuring cancer patients have increased access to oral anticancer treatments, which, until now, have been out of reach for many Arkansans because of the high out-of-pockets costs.

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