“Right now, somewhere in Texas, somebody’s daughter is being told she has breast cancer,” said Rick Reeder, Komen Austin Board President. He’s been a supporter of Komen for years, but being a new father has given him a new perspective. He went on to say that many of these women do not have health insurance, not because they are lazy or under prepared, but because they work for a small business, are self-employed or freelance. Since 1999, Komen Austin has helped men and women in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis
and Williamson counties in their fight against breast cancer.
Every year, Komen Austin awards grants to groups who aid the community with diagnostics, transportation, treatment and support. This year, however, they were forced to turn down some qualified and worthy grant applicants because of lack of funds. Never before has Komen Austin had to deny so many organizations because of a shortage of money. Rick Reeder lamented this fact and added that because of it, some women will go without breast cancer screenings and many organizations may be forced to lay off employees without the Komen grants if no other funds are found. This makes their annual gala and Race for the Cure even more essential.
The organizations being awarded grants this year include The University of Texas at Austin–School of Nursing which is the longest running grant recipient here and has received funds since 1999 when Komen Austin was founded. Other worthy causes receiving a grant include Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas, Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region and Community Action Inc. of Central Texas. The other 25 percent of funds raised last year will go to research and Deborah Vollmer Dalke discussed some of what that will mean, including the clinical trials happening around the world and even in Austin. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the largest non-government funder of breast cancer research and in the last 25 years has helped raise the number of cancer survivors by 30 percent.
Komen Austin needs the help of everyone in the community to prevent another year of not being able to fund all the programs that work to fight breast cancer in Central Texas. In May, they will host the second annual Perfectly Pink Party at Shoal Crossing. Last year’s inaugural gala was a can’t miss event and this one promises to be even better. The night will be a celebration of pink including a VIPink Cocktail Reception, sponsored by Lexus of Austin. Entertainment for the night will be provided by Collide and there will be a live and silent auction. Tickets are still available so sign up to attend or create a team and enter this year’s 15th Annual Komen Austin Race for the Cure on November 10, 2013.
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 2013; program begins at 7 p.m.
8611 N Mopac Expy
Austin, TX 78759
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