Day 1 at the Susan G. Komen Advocate in Science Training

I just wrapped up an intense day of training with Susan G. Komen as an Advocate in Science.  I have pages and pages of Susan G. KomenPowerPoint presentations with notes scribbled all over the pages.  For most of the 10 hour day, my eyes were glued to the podium and the PowerPoint showing me what’s happening in breast cancer research.   I sat with 50 other people and had the absolute pleasure of listening to leading researchers who are making a difference in this disease.   I’m certain many people are wondering what it means to be an Advocate in Science (I wondered that too yesterday).

By presentation #2, I had my answer.  Komen’s strategic focus is to reduce incidence and mortality of breast cancer within the decade.  And all research grant requests will have to line up with this strategic focus.  As Advocates in Science, we have the unique opportunity to help review them—not as scientists, medical professionals or researchers, but as breast cancer advocates and survivors.  Pretty darn cool.  I will share a couple nuggets of information that may help clarify my passion for raising money.

  • The first researcher talked about her discovery of Molecular Breast Imaging. mammogramSusan G. Komen took a chance on her and gave her funding to move this forward.  Seems that MBI is a very useful tool in detecting breast cancer–far better than Mammograms which BTW completely missed my breast cancer and far less expensive than MRIs.  Not to mention, while the MBI looks similar to a Mammogram machine, there is no need to press your breast into a complete pancake to get the image.
  • This evenings presenter has a Promise Grant—a multi-year, multi-disciplinary grant to the tune of 7.5 million dollars to study the deadliest form of breast cancer—Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). This is huge and much needed research.  Many IBCs go misdiagnosed before it’s too late.  They present themselves in so many ways and look much like a breast infection.  Once discovered, they are difficult to treat often because they have metastasized.

These are just two of so many ways Susan G. Komen is impacting research.  So if there is any doubt in your mind where your donation goes, trust me when I say it’s making a difference.   Last year Susan G. Komen spent $100 million dollars on research. That’s a lot of money focused on saving lives.


Posted on July 14, 2009, in breast cancer, fundraising, Susan G. Komen. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Yes, $100 million is a lot. But how much did they raise last year and where is all the rest of the money going.

    I think Komen has done a lot. But they are now a huge corporation supporting hundreds of lives with donations.

    I will be interested to hear more about what you learn. Have a great week.

  2. You raise a great point Molly–this is always a big question with any large nonprofit organization. Susan G. Komen is a 4 star charity according to Take a look at their complete rating here which shows how their revenues break out.

  3. i just think you are ridiculously amazing. if you dont teach some course on cancer, you should start one teaching time management.i have no iea how you do all you do. and manage to look so calm and collected and BEAUTIFUL doing it all!

  4. Molly that’s a great question. Komen has become a very large organization over the years and almost every major breakthrough in breast cancer research has been touched by a Komen grant. It takes a tremendous amount of time, energy, and manpower to do the research and fundraising necessary to achieve the common goal of…a world without breast cancer. I can tell you with absolute confidence that those who are employed by Komen work tirelessly and find it very difficult to turn off the “Komen Brain” when outside of the office walls. We are ALL in this together and we go to great lengths to make sure the money raised is being put to the best possible use. THANK YOU all for your continued support!!

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