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Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure organizer honored

Heather Roberts, Director of Race and Special Events at Susan G. Komen Central and Northern Arizona, was honored with the national “Excellence in Leadership” award at the annual Susan G. Komen Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas this past weekend.

Susan G. Komen is a global leader in the fight against breast cancer with local Affiliate offices in more than 120 locations in the U.S. and around the world.  Each year, the organization recognizes a staff member from one of its local Affiliates for their accomplishments that exceed normal job responsibilities and expectations.

Roberts has played a central part in the success of Susan G. Komen Central and Northern Arizona’s (Komen CAN Arizona) operations, exhibiting the greatest skill and highest ethical practices. In her time with the Affiliate, she has evolved from Race Manager to Race and Special Events Director, responsible for all direction and support for not only the Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure(R), but all other event programming the Affiliate undertakes, and has become a key member of the Affiliate Staff Leadership Team. During her time in charge of the Race, she helped increase its dollar amount raised per participant each and every year.

In addition to her event management role, Roberts has also exhibited enormous flexibility and dependability. During last year’s Race season, Roberts assumed the additional responsibility of acting co-executive director while the executive director was on maternity leave. During this period, Roberts managed the operational oversight of Komen CAN Arizona, in addition to her regular job demands.

“Having strong leadership on our team is critical to achieving our goals and making powerful community impact. Heather exhibits excellence in leadership in addition to providing stability and cultivating a collaborative environment at our Affiliate,” said Beverly Kruse, executive director for Komen CAN Arizona.

The largest event Roberts manages, the Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure, will take place Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Registration is available online at www.komenCANaz.org.

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Komen Phoenix Race Seeks Volunteers

Susan G. Komen Central and Northern Arizona seeks volunteer Race for the Cure committee members to help plan and implement various aspects of the 21st Annual Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure, set to take place Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.

Originally founded as the Komen Phoenix Affiliate, Komen CAN Arizona has been changing the lives of women, men and families in its nine-county service area since 1993. The Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure is the Affiliate’s signature fundraising and awareness event, with more than 20,000 participants and raising $1.6 million in 2012.

“We could not have the race without the tremendous support from our volunteers, and the Race Committee especially. This is a dedicated group of enthusiastic, organized individuals with a shared dedication to the Komen promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever,” said Heather Roberts, race and special events director for Komen CAN Arizona.

Key needs for the 2013 Race Committee include entertainment, Kids for the Cure®, operations and recruiting/coaching Teams. Responsibilities include attending meetings and trainings as requested (including monthly full Race Committee meetings), working with Affiliate staff to identify and fill volunteer needs for the Race, collaborating with other committee volunteers and sub-committees, Race set-up (Oct. 12) and Race Day (Oct. 13), and a post-race evaluation. A flexible schedule, with the ability to work some evenings and weekends is a must for Race Committee members.

The commitment runs from May – October 2013, with the Race Committee Kick-Off Meeting taking place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in the Arlene Copley Wellness Center at Phoenix Baptist Hospital (2000 W. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85015. Enter through the SOUTH Building – Patient Check-In – and follow signs to the meeting). This is an open meeting for all who are interested in joining the 2013 Race Committee, but please RSVP to raceforthecure@komenphoenix.org.

The 21st Annual Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure® will take place Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. The event features something for everyone, including a Survivor Parade, a one-mile family fun run and walk, Breast Cancer Survivors’ 5K Run, 5K Run and 5K Walk in the State Capitol District. With FRY’s Food Stores returning as the Race’s VIP Partner, registration is now open to the public at www.KomenCANaz.org.

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Komen Phoenix announces honorary race chair

The Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced Brigid Burns Tueros as its 20th Anniversary Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure Honorary Race Chair. A 6-year breast cancer survivor, Brigid’s personal journey both represents how far we’ve come and reminds us that there is still work to be done.

Diagnosed at age 29 in July 2006, Brigid found the lump after having pain in her underarm area. She had to fight with her radiologist to receive a mammogram after an ultrasound appeared normal. The resulting images led to a biopsy that revealed stage 3 breast cancer. She was immediately scheduled for a mastectomy and chemotherapy – and it was then that she scheduled something for herself, walking in her first Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure, which has been an annual tradition ever since.

“Being part of these walks and races gives me hope. I meet new people just like me and meet people who are there to support people like me. It gives me a sense of community, it inspires me and gives me newfound energy when I’m there,” said Brigid Burns Tueros, survivor and Honorary Race Chair for the 20th Anniversary Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure.

Brigid has needed this support through the years. In 2008, she was re-diagnosed – this time with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her lungs. Since that time, she has been on eight different chemotherapies in hopes of a remission that has yet to come. Since that time, she has lost two of her dearest friends, whom she refers to as “battle sisters,” to the disease – Maria Spirandi and Michelle Wilsey Berry. Brigid continues chemotherapy treatments every Friday and hopes for a cure.

“To meet Brigid is to instantly love her. Her story is a testament to the advances made in treating breast cancer, but the loss of her battle sisters reminds us that our mission is not yet fulfilled,” said Heather Roberts, Race and special events director for Komen Phoenix.

The Komen Phoenix mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever, and 100 percent of funds raised in Race support this mission: 75 percent stays in the community and 25 percent supports international research. Since its inception, Komen Phoenix has granted more than $17 million to support life saving breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs in central and northern Arizona, and $5 million to Komen’s international research efforts.

“Through Komen Phoenix, every person has the opportunity to make a difference and be a hero. Whether you decide to participate or donate, you will save lives right here in Arizona – maybe even mine,” added Tueros.

As Honorary Race Chair, Brigid will officially kick-off the Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure and has formed the team “Brigid’s Rack Pack” with the fundraising goal of $4,470 – $1 for every woman in Arizona who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. The public is welcome to join her team and/or donate to her fundraising goal at phoenix.info-komen.org/goto/brigidsrackpack.

Last year, more than 25,000 participants helped raise nearly $1.8 million. Thus far this year, Komen Phoenix is down approximately 7 percent in participation and 12 percent in revenue.

“The Race for the Cure is the single-biggest fundraiser supporting our mission in Arizona and the community’s continued support is critically important. Quite simply, any reduction in participation or funds raised will result in a reduction of services provided through our community grants. No other organization does what Komen Phoenix does for breast cancer in Arizona, and the need continues to be great,” added Roberts.

With the Race just 60 days away, Komen Phoenix is encouraging the community to rally for women like Brigid by registering and/or making a monetary donation. Teams consisting of 10 or more individuals must be registered by Sept. 28 to qualify for Team Awards. Individuals may register up until Race Day, but Race registration fees for individuals increase from $30 to $35 (adults) and $15 to $20 (ages 12 and under) beginning Sept. 29, 2012.

The Phoenix Race will take place Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 at the State Capitol District. It is one of the largest 5K events in Arizona and also features a one-mile family fun run and walk. This year’s event schedule is:

6 a.m.     Race Site Opens: Registration, Teams Area, Community Village, Corporate Village
6:30 a.m.    Survivors’ Parade Line-Up
6:45 a.m.     Survivors’ Celebration and Parade
7:15 a.m.     1 Mile Walk/Run
8:05 a.m.     Breast Cancer Survivor’s 5K Run
8:20 a.m.     5K Run
8:40 a.m.     5K Walk

For more information and to register both individually or as a team, please visit www.komenphoenix.org or call 602-346-CURE (2873).