South Puget Sound Community Raises $205,000 for Breast Cancer Programs, Research

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Over 600 South Puget Sound community leaders gathered at Susan G. Komen® Puget Sound’s 2014 Lunch for the Cure® in Tacoma to raise $205,000 for breast health outreach and education in Western Washington and for breast cancer research globally. The October 9th event, sponsored by Fred Meyer, was emceed by MOViN 92.5 radio personality Brooke Fox and featured remarks by keynote speakers Jesse and MacKenzie Allen, authors of "Kiss the Girls and Say Goodbye: Getting through breast cancer as a couple."

Funds raised at the luncheon have historically been reinvested locally into programs like the Washington State Department of Health’s Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program (BCCHP) as well as into organizations like the Franciscan Foundation, Mason General Hospital, and South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency, which serve breast health needs in the South Sound region. "We’re so appreciative of the support we receive from the community here in South Puget Sound," said David Richart, Komen Puget Sound Executive Director. "Events like this give us the opportunity to come together to fight breast cancer and meet recipients of the funds we raise. I met one survivor who told me she wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the Komen funding that helped her through her breast cancer treatment process. Moments like that remind me why we’re here today."

The luncheon was also sponsored by CHI Franciscan Health, the Ueland Foundation, Carol Milgard Breast Center, MultiCare, Northwest Medical Specialties, Titus-Will, TRA Medical Imaging, UPS, Auto Warehousing, Chase Middle Market, Diagnostic Imaging NW, and Metropolitan Market.