Lewellen and Doubleday Announced as Honorary Chairs for 2020 MORE THAN PINK Walk

The Susan G. Komen Ozark Affiliate announced today that Paul Lewellen and Carlos Doubleday will serve as the Honorary Walk Chairs for the 2020 Susan G. Komen Ozark MORE THAN PINK Walk™ on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall in Rogers. Paul Lewellen is the SVP of Operations-Central Division at Walmart and Carlos Doubleday is the SVP of Operations-Western Division at Walmart. Now in its second year, the MORE THAN PINK Walk brings together an empowered community of hope to raise funds for breast cancer treatment, patient advocacy and lifesaving research. 

Last year, Komen Ozark debuted the new event (formerly known as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®) with an overwhelmingly positive response.  More importantly, it raised over $850,000 in the fight against breast cancer.  The MORE THAN PINK Walkensures that participants have a clear understanding of the value they provide in Susan G. Komen’s overall mission and how their fundraising makes an impact in our community.

“I am extremely honored and excited to work with the Susan G. Komen Ozark team as Co-chair for the 2020 MORE THAN PINK Walk. Breast cancer has affected the lives of so many, including members of my family,” said Lewellen. “Knowing that the funds raised are helping families in Northwest Arkansas makes this even more special to me.”

“We are both honored and thrilled to have Paul and Carlos serve as our Honorary Walk Chairs this year,” said Lauren Marquette, Executive Director of the Ozark Affiliate.  “The MORE THAN PINK Walk provides an opportunity to come together with others to share stories, laughter and tears while uniting behind a commitment to fight this devastating disease by raising money to save lives,” said Marquette. “We’re excited about this year’s event and registration is now open, so we encourage everyone to register and begin fundraising!” 

“I am excited to be honorary Co-chair for the 2020 Susan G. Komen MORE THAN PINK Walk,” said Doubleday. “I have the utmost respect for all the work that Komen Ozark does to help advance research, funding and preventative care for the men and women of Northwest Arkansas.”

The Komen Ozark MORE THAN PINK Walk™ event, brings a fresh new look and experience focused on energizing the community around the lifesaving work Komen’s supporters make possible.  The Susan G. Komen organization is the only breast cancer organization that fights breast cancer on all fronts.  The way in which Komen Ozark does so will be reflected in the four pillars at the event- Research, Care, Community and Action. Participation in this event and individual fundraising help provide services for every step of the breast cancer journey, including education, bilingual breast health navigation, screening and diagnostic services, emergency assistance, transportation and research.

Komen Ozark MORE THAN PINK Walk

Saturday, April 25

Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall

Rogers, AR

Register Online Now http://www.komenozark.org

“We look forward to seeing everyone walking on April 25 for a day of inspiration and hope as we honor those we have lost, celebrate those who have survived and support everyone currently living with breast cancer,” added Marquette. “Come walk with us!”

For more information on this event and to register please visit us online at www.komenozark.org

VIPink Area Sponsor-Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas

Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas is our VIPink Area sponsor for the 2019 MORE THAN PINK Walk.  The VIPink area is a special place on our walk venue where only the Top Teams who have raised over $2,500 or more and individual fundraisers who have raised over $1,000 can enjoy!  The VIPink Area will have special giveaways, activities and delicious food and drink options for our special guests; including VIP porta potties!
Thank you again to our VIPink Area sponsor, Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas. Read why Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas is a partner and about some of the services they provide throughout a survivor’s journey.

EARLY DETECTION MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE, SAYS GRATEFUL SURVIVOR

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Less than a month after surgery to remove both breasts, Marty Brooks alternates between joking and speaking matter-of-factly about the journey she’s been on since a diagnosis of breast cancer in January. There are no tears and no regrets. She’s grateful early detection has set her on a path to spend many more years with her husband and five children.

She acknowledges there have been difficult days.

 “It’s overwhelming because you get this diagnosis and it’s like, ugh,” she said. Her care team hoped a lumpectomy would end her treatment. But after a second type of cancer was found, Marty was certain bilateral mastectomy would bring peace of mind.

“It was a hard decision. But talking it over with my husband, of course his biggest concern is that he wants me to be around for as long as I can be,” she said.

A family history of breast cancer meant Marty was vigilant about annual mammograms. Since turning 40, she went every year to the Mercy Breast Center for screening. In 2017, she skipped a year – just one of those things. Then in late 2018, the thought nagged at her that she needed to go in for a mammogram.

“God put in my mind to get my screening done. We can all say, ‘Oh, I don’t have time. I don’t want to do this. It’s painful. It’s embarrassing.’ But bottom line, unless you focus on prevention, it could be so much worse. I’m very blessed. I feel like we caught it very early,” she said.

She believes 3D technology now available likely made a difference for her, detecting cancer at an early and more treatable stage. She praised the team at the Mercy Breast Center, which offered what she called “seamless” navigation throughout her treatment. Dr. Andrea Placzek, Mercy radiologist, was “so intelligent, very supportive, understanding and compassionate,” Marty said.

Breast health navigators and even prosthetic fit specialists at Mercy’s Sisters Boutique have helped guide Marty through the process. Dr. James Irwin, the Mercy surgeon who performed Marty’s lumpectomy, called her to relate good news that her lymph nodes were free of cancer and the bad news that there was additional breast cancer.

Mercy’s care was thorough, right down to giving her the “Breast Cancer Treatment Handbook” by Judy Kneece, a resource Marty turned to regularly for information. A grant from Komen paid for copies of the handbook, part of a navigator’s salary and patient transportation over a year’s time.

Marty, now 52, has always been an advocate for mammograms. Now she’s even more vocal about encouraging those around her to get annual screenings.

“We live our lives not thinking about prevention because we think, ‘That’s not going to happen to me.’ But it can. The sooner you detect it, the easier the treatment and the better the cure,” she said.

She has some good role models. Two of her aunts had successful treatment for breast cancer and one is now 94 years old.

The Mercy Breast Center at 3101 S.E. 14th Street in Bentonville is committed to helping women with early detection by offering convenient ways to get a mammogram, especially through online scheduling. Mercy offers 3D technology exclusively, for more accurate detection for all women and those with dense breast tissue. Click here to hear Dr. Andrea Placzek talk about how how 3D mammography changes lives. For more information about the Mercy Breast Center and mammography, go to mercy.net/KomenMammogram

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