Breast Cancer Fundraising: Efforts to Keep Money Local

Breast CancerOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there are events planned across the state to raise awareness and funding for research and support. That includes Nashville’s Komen Race for the Cure taking place this Saturday, Oct. 24. One-hundred percent of the net income from the race is allocated to the mission of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and 75 percent stays in the community for cancer screening and treatment, explains Patty Harman, executive director with the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Greater Nashville. “We continue to invest money in finding the best and brightest researchers and making sure we spend money in keeping those individuals in the breast cancer world and making sure those individuals are finding the cure,” Harman says. The remainder of the money raised supports Komen’s national grants program to fund research. Knoxville also has a Race for the Cure this Saturday, and Memphis is hosting its race on Oct. 31. Harman says after years of research, many advancements are being made in the form of detecting and treating breast cancer with treatment regimens designed to specifically target a woman’s cancer. Harman also emphasizes the importance of early detection and regular mammograms every other year starting at age 40 and every year at age 50, in addition to doing regular self-checks. The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms for women 40 and over. “As young as in high school know your body, know what’s normal for you,” she says. “As you age and mature, and go through a variety of stages in your life, your body is going to change and so know your body so you can be your best advocate.” In addition to doing regular self breast exams to identify any lumps or knots, other signs include a change in the size or shape of the breast, dimpling of the skin, and new pain that won’t go away.
Recently over $10,000 was raised in Manchester during the 2nd Annual “Pink Out” Game between Coffee County and Riverdale.