Komen Ozark Announces the 2019-2020 Grant Recipients at Promise Circle Luncheon

2019-2020 Komen Ozark Grant Recipients

(Springdale, Arkansas)-The Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen announced on Friday, March 15 at the Promise Circle Luncheon that it will grant $403,633 to fund 6 programs that will provide thousands of women and men with lifesaving breast health screening, education and treatment assistance throughout the next year. In addition to revealing the grant recipients, Komen Scholar Dr. Kathy Miller served as the Keynote Speaker and presented about her breast cancer research.  Dr. Miller focuses on testing new therapies for breast cancer patients through clinical trials. Dr. Miller’s Komen-funded grant studied a new treatment regimen for triple negative breast cancer patients.

Top Fundraising Teams, Top Corporate Teams, Top Friends/Family Teams and the Top 25 fundraising individuals from the 2018 Race for the Cure were also recognized. 

The Ozark Affiliate raises funds through events like the upcoming MORE THAN PINK Walk™, which will be held on April 27, 2019 at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall.   To register for the Walk, visit the website at www.komenozark.org.

Komen Ozark is one of more than 70 local Affiliates of the world’s largest breast cancer organization, working in communities across the U.S. to meet the most critical needs.  To help achieve Komen’s goal to reduce current breast cancer death by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026, Komen Affiliates fund innovative breast health projects that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services and support, including patient navigation, education and financial assistance.

The following programs have been selected for funding by the Ozark Affiliate.  Applicants were selected by an independent grant panel through a competitive application and review process.  For details about the Ozark Affiliate’s grant recipients, visit www.komenozark.org or call (479)750-7465.

Community Clinic (Awarded $90,000)

  • Serving Benton and Washington Counties
  • The “We Are Aware” program provides a culturally competent continuum of care for low-in­come, uninsured/underinsured patients in Northwest Arkansas through breast care education, screening, diagnostic and treatment support.

Madison County Health Coalition (Awarded $63,633)

  • Serving Madison County
  • The Madison County Health Coalition program provides a navigator to advocate for breast cancer patients and educate the community on breast health. The program also provides gas cards.

Mercy Foundation Fort Smith (Awarded $30,000)

  • Serving Sebastian and Crawford Counties
  • Provides educational outreach, navigation, screening, diagnostic and treatment funding for low income, uninsured or underinsured women and men, as well as, access to a mobile mammography unit.

North Arkansas Partnership for Health Education (Awarded $90,000)

  • Serving Boone, Carroll and Newton Counties
  • Provides comprehensive educational outreach and awareness campaigns to increase participation in breast health education classes, breast self-awareness training and access to treatment.  This program also provides screenings, diagnostic services, patient advocacy and transportation assistance.

Cox Health Foundation – Branson (Awarded $40,000)

  • Serving Stone and Taney Counties in Missouri
  • Provides access to breast care and cancer treatment for at-risk women by offering financial assistance for women in need of screening mammograms, diagnostic testing and transportation assistance.  A nurse navigator is also provided to help those diagnosed with breast cancer navigate their journey.

Washington Regional Cancer Support Home (Awarded $90,000)

  • Serving Washington and Benton Counties
  • Provides a breast health navigator and a bilingual navigator who offer specialized guidance and support to patients on their breast cancer journey.  The program guides patients through diagnosis, treatment and assistance to financial support resources as needed.
  • Also provides screenings, diagnostic services and treatment support.

About Susan G. Komen and Komen Ozark

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the U.S. government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.  Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.  Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $988 million in research and provided more than $2.2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs.  Komen has worked in more than 60 countries worldwide.  Komen was founded b Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.  Komen Ozark is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community.  Komen Ozark has invested $11 million in community health programs in 10 counties and has contributed nearly $3.75 million in research.  For more information, call (479) 750-PINK or visit http://www.komenozark.org.

Recognition of Survivors in the audience at the Promise Circle Luncheon
Komen Scholar, Dr. Kathey Miller with the Komen Ozark Team
Top Team Recognition goes to the “Stores and Clubs the Difference Makers.”
Top Fundraiser and Top Survivor Fundraiser, Marybeth Hays
Komen Scholar, Dr. Kathy Miller presents about her Komen funded research
Promise Circle Luncheon 2019
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One Year Later…

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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

 

 

New! Komen Ozark BigWig Campaign!

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BigWig [ ˈbigˌwig ] (noun): an important person, usually in a particular sphere; synonyms: VIP · (very) important person

Komen Ozark BigWig (noun): a very important person on a mission to end breast cancer forever by raising awareness and funds in their community; willing to have fun while wearing a ridiculous pink wig.

The Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is proud to announce a brand NEW campaign coming to Northwest Arkansas called the BigWig program.  A BigWig is a community leader who has a passion for helping the uninsured/underinsured women in our community receive lifesaving services.  These BigWigs will hit the streets of our local community in their pink wigs beginning late August to raise awareness and funds to help in the fight to end breast cancer forever.  The program will start at the end of August and will last up until the ultimate BigWig will be “crowned” at the Pink Ribbon Luncheon on October 2nd.  To learn more about the program, who will be included in the inaugural group of BigWigs and how you can give to your favorite BigWig visit www.komenozark.org or follow the action on Komen Ozark’s social media sites.

**The BigWig reveal will happen on KNWA Today (NBC) at 6:45 a.m. then again on Fox 24 News at 7, around 7:15 a.m. **

Komen Ozark Announces New Director of Mission Services

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The Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is pleased to announce the recent hire of Vicki Cowling to Director of Mission Services.  In this position, Vicki will be responsible for mission activities including; grantmaking, community relationships, public policy and educational outreach.

Cowling has over 20 years of experience in grantmaking, community outreach and partnerships, working with community leaders, state government and federal partners, networking and relationship building, presentations and public speaking and event planning and execution.  Cowling earned her Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from the University of Arkansas.

Vicki went to high school in Mountain Home and after college lived in Georgia, Virginia and Colorado before landing in Texas for 20 years. Vicki says that she got back to Arkansas just as fast as she could. Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her family. Vicki has two daughters, three grandsons, and has been married to her husband, Mark, for 36 years. For hobbies she loves photography, travel, exploring the beauty of the Ozarks with their 5 year old Vizsla, Kate and is a self-proclaimed foodie.

Komen Ozark Announces Executive Director

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The Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Lauren Marquette to Executive Director.  In her new position, Marquette will be responsible for affiliate activities through mission, fundraising, public policy and outreach.

Marquette joined the Komen Ozark team in October of 2010 as Director of Mission Services.  She has over 9 years of non-profit experience in grantmaking, community outreach, public policy and fundraising.

Marquette earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master’s Degree of Social Work from the University of Arkansas.  Marquette became a Licensed Master Social Worker in 2006.  She was named to the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s “40 under 40” class in 2011 and was appointed to the State of Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board by Governor Beebe in 2013.  Outside of work, Marquette is actively involved in her local community.

Komen Ozark Announces the 2015 Grant Recipients!

2015 Komen Ozark Grant Recipients

The Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen announced the 2015 Grant Recipients at the Promise Circle Luncheon yesterday.  Komen Ozark granted $725,000 to fund 10 programs that will provide thousands of women and men with lifesaving breast health screening, education and treatment assistance throughout the next year.

Applicants were selected by an independent grant panel through a competitive application and review process.  For details about the Ozark Affiliate’s grant recipients, visit www.komenozark.org or call (479)750-7465.

2015-2016 Grant Recipients

Community Clinic (Awarded $103,267)

    • Serving Benton and Washington Counties
    • The “We Are Aware” program provides a culturally competent continuum of care for low-income, uninsured patients in Northwest Arkansas through breast care education, screening, diagnostic and treatment support.
    • Outreach program called SISTA Supper, will educate minority patients through a small group setting where participants are able to ask the facilitator questions, schedule appointments and sign up for insurance.

Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House (Awarded $18,000)

    • Serving Crawford and Sebastian Counties
    • “To Save A Life-Survivorship” program provides breast cancer patients with support, advocacy, information, financial assistance and medical supplies, such as lymphedema and mastectomy supplies.

Hope Cancer Resources (Awarded $76,195)

      • Serving Benton and Washington Counties
      • Provides cancer support and education in Northwest Arkansas by focusing on access to support services with a focus on improving quality of life. The program covers genetic testing, housing, prescription and travel assistance.

Madison County Health Coalition (Awarded $49,923)

      • Serving Madison County
      • Provides a nurse navigator to advocate for breast cancer patients and educate the community on breast health. The program also provides gas cards, lymphedema supplies and coordinates support group meetings.

Mercy Breast Center (Awarded $53,608)

      • Serving Benton and Washington Counties
      • Provides a nurse navigator to work with all breast cancer patients through their breast cancer journey. The program also provides gas cards and diagnostic services.

Mercy Foundation Fort Smith (Awarded $42,007)

      • Serving Sebastian and Crawford Counties
      • Provides education, navigation services, community outreach program and partnering with diverse groups in the community to coordinate the access to a mobile mammography unit.

North Arkansas Partnership for Health Education (Awarded $121,000)

      • Serving Boone, Carroll and Newton Counties
      • Provides comprehensive education, outreach and awareness campaigns to increase participation in breast health education classes, breast self-awareness training and access to treatment. This program also provides screenings, diagnostic services, patient advocacy and transportation assistance.

River Valley Primary Care Services (Awarded $60,000)

      • Serving Crawford and Sebastian Counties
      • Provides support and assistance with screening and diagnostic services as well as coordinating mobile mammography units and navigating patients through the health care system.

Skaggs Foundation-CoxHealth Branson (Awarded $45,000)

  • Serving Stone and Taney Counties in Missouri
  • Provides access to breast care and cancer treatment for at-risk women by offering financial assistance for women in need of screening mammograms, diagnostic testing and transportation assistance. A nurse navigator is also provided to help those diagnosed with breast cancer navigate their journey.

Washington Regional Cancer Support Home (Awarded $156,000)

    • Serving Washington and Benton Counties
    • Provides a breast health navigator and a bilingual navigator who offer specialized guidance and support to patients on their breast cancer journey. The program guides patients through diagnosis, treatment and into survivorship while linking patients to financial and support resources as needed.
    • Provides also provides screenings, diagnostic services and treatment support.

#Football101 with Coach Bret Bielema

 

Coach Bielema and survivors

“I remember getting a phone call. I was away at college and first my dad told me and then I got on the phone with my mom and I will never forget that phone call as long as I live.”
—Coach Bret Bielema

Coach Bret Bielema knows first-hand what it is like when a family is affected by breast cancer. As a co-survivor, Coach Bielema wants to give back to help other women and families in the community that face a breast cancer diagnosis.

On July 31st, 2014, the Komen Ozark Affiliate will partner with Coach Bret Bielema and his staff for the inaugural Football 101, an interactive introduction to the fundamentals of college football. This fun, women only event will be held at the Fred W. Smith Football Complex from 5:00-9:00 p.m. and will offer participants the unique opportunity to tour the brand new football facilities, meet the coaching staff and learn of Coach Bielema’s personal passion to support Susan G. Komen.

“Obviously this event is important to me as my own mom battled breast cancer twice so our family knows first-hand how this disease impacts the entire family. Over the years, I have met many survivors and continue to be inspired by their strength and courage. We work hard to make this a unique experience for the participants while at the same time heightening awareness and raising funds for our local Susan G. Komen affiliate.”

The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:00 p.m. during which attendees may mingle with Coach Bielema and the coaching staff. Following the opening reception, women will be split into groups to attend sessions to include basics on the offensive and defensive plays, a question and answer period and tours of the locker room, training facilities and the weight room. Photo opportunities with the groups and survivors will cap off the event.

There are still tickets available! Register now at http://bit.ly/1rE8EUC or visit our website http://www.komenozark.org for more information.

*Women must be 21 or older to attend.

Football 101

Our Woman Crush Wednesday, Nicole Bagley!

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Our “Woman Crush Wednesday” today is Nicole Bagley!  Nicole is a mother of three and a young breast cancer survivor.  Nicole is also a support to other women going through breast cancer. Read her amazing story below to learn just why she is our “Woman Crush Wednesday!”

Nicole’s Story

My mom was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer at the age of 36. She fought hard for four years and died at the age of 40. She was the first person in our family to have breast cancer that we knew of.

In March of 2012 I found a suspicious lump while doing a self-exam. I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 34. Later we would find out I also carried the BRCA 2 gene. I underwent bi weekly Chemotherapy for four months, a bilateral mastectomy, a hysterectomy, six and half weeks of radiation and many surgeries.

During my battle with breast cancer I was overwhelmed by the love and compassion from my friends, families and even people who I did not even know. My three kids, my husband and the continuous support was my drive to fight cancer and win.

Today I have “no evidence of disease.” I am feeling good and I am living my “new normal” life.

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Jennifer and Nicole

Meet our Featured Survivor, Aracely Falcon!

 

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Aracely is a wife and mother of two and at 37 years old found herself with another title, “Breast Cancer Survivor.”  Aracely was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer more than three months ago.

 “I found a suspicious sizeable lump on my right breast, and I knew I had to see the doctor. After several screenings, the doctor told us that the results came out positive. At that time the patient navigator interpreted in detail everything in Spanish and then I felt as if my body was floating in the space. I didn’t listen to any sounds, or noises, I was apart from reality by seconds, then my children, my children came to my mind and I said to myself in a matter of seconds, “I was going to be okay, and that I would come out of it fast’.

 They have been giving me chemotherapy treatments in Highlands in Rogers, AR. Thanks to God I have lots of support from family and friends. But, I also believe that I am very blessed to have found someone that gave me education about breast health and breast cancer in my language and now it can navigate me in the medical system and get connected with several other programs that help women with breast cancer, and these programs are supported by monetary funds from Komen Ozark.

 When this disease comes to you, you not only worry about your own life, you worry about your family, your children and all the treatment expenses that come with all of this.

 Susan G. Komen Ozark is doing so much for us, for us the Hispanic women in Northwest Arkansas. With the organization’s support, many lives have been saved, and I want everyone to know about it.

 Ladies, learn as much as you can about breast health and breast cancer. Do not ignore the symptoms. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, do not lose the hope, there is help out there.”

 

 

Our Race Office is Officially Open!

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As of yesterday, April 10th our Pinnacle Hills Promenade Race Office is officially open! You can now go and register at the office and pick up your race shirt and bib at the same time! (Team packets will be available for pick up starting on April 16th.) Did you already register or plan on registering online? Great! Now you just need to go and pick up your race shirt and bib from the office.

We are also offering a second race office location at NWA Mall (next to Candy Craze by the Easter Bunny) in Fayetteville for two weekends only! The hours for the race office are as follows;

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***If you registered for the competitive, timed 10K or 5K, your race packets must be picked up at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade Office in Rogers!

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