A Personal Thank You From Komen Puget Sound Executive Director Molly O’Connor

Thank you.

For registering. For giving. For showing up with unwavering commitment to the Puget Sound breast cancer community in 2020.

As you can imagine, it’s been a hard year for most nonprofits to raise money because it’s been a hard year for many people. But, until we have a cure and breast cancer can be stopped, we must do all that we can to help those we know and don’t know who continue to be diagnosed and treated. In fact, we expect the need only to grow as more people lose their health insurance and, out of fear or finances, delay the screenings and doctors’ visits that are essential to early detection and treatment and positive outcomes.

Every day is a good day to give, but if you’d like to give AND have fun, please join us for both the virtual MORE THAN PINK Walk and Lunch for the Cure.

This Sunday, more than 1,000 of us will #WalkWhereWeAre as part of the virtual MORE THAN PINK Walk. There is still time to register, and we’ll keep accepting donations through Oct. 31. Join us in your jammies for opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. and then get outside after a second cup of coffee for a social distance walk!

We’d also love to see you for the virtual Lunch for the Cure on Oct. 8. We’re excited to have Dr. Frank Senecal with us and, after years as a Komen supporter and tireless event emcee, Michelle Millman from KIRO TV will share her breast cancer story as our keynote speaker.

I also want to make sure you all know about the Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Series that is now underway and, for the fifth year, we are privileged to host. And, because we have considerable research and clinical expertise in the PNW, we’re working with other affiliates to pilot a national virtual MBC series.

Unlike at walks, lunches and galas, there are no fun sunglasses or pink tutus when MBC patients get together. They’re looking for help, armed with hope and hungry for any and all information about clinical trials, promising treatments and ways to pay for everything. They don’t want anyone else to have to fight to live, and they need you to keep showing up and giving at walks, lunches and galas until we find a cure.

It’s going to take all of us working together to get to that day when breast cancer patients – and all those who love them – can take a deep breath and have the peace of mind that when they are declared cancer-free, they will remain cancer-free.

Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do to support Komen and our local breast cancer community.

Warmly, Molly