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We’re on a mission If you’re reading this message, you may feel as we do at Susan G. Komen Puget Sound: we’re on a mission. It’s so important that everyone have access to breast cancer screening programs, as well as equal insurance coverage for cancer treatments. The lives and well-being of our loved ones and all the women in our communities are at stake. Everything we do is aimed at fighting this awful disease, and you can help. Educate yourself about breast health. Encourage your loved ones to be screened. Be an advocate. And don’t forget to join us for the 22nd annual Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure® on Sunday, June 7 at Seattle Center. Together we’ll celebrate the strength and courage of breast cancer survivors while raising critical funds to battle breast cancer locally. To save $5 and have your registration fee matched dollar-for-dollar, sign up in person at an Xfinity store from April 20 through Race day. Donations are accepted and matched as well; up to $35. Our thanks to Comcast for their generous matching program, which could bring in as much as $25,000 for our cause. Our appreciation also to presenting sponsor QFC and all the companies and teams who come together to make Race such a great experience each year. Check out our website and fundraising app and be sure to sign up your friends, co-workers and family for Race for the Cure on June 7. Got kids? We’ll have plenty of fun for them and – for the first time – your canine friend! If you’d rather volunteer – or just make a donation – we welcome your participation as well. After Race for the Cure, please check out our other upcoming events and opportunities. Together, we’ll make a difference against breast cancer and in our communities. Yours in the fight, David Richart Executive Director Susan G. Komen Puget Sound
XFINITY STORES OFFER RACE FOR THE CURE REGISTRATION, DONATION MATCHES Comcast is matching Race for the Cure Puget Sound registration fees and donations up to $35 for those who sign up in person at participating Xfinity retail stores. To double your donation, head to your local Xfinity retail store and look for the pink iPad display. Race registrations will be accepted and matched at Xfinity stores through Friday, June 5 and donations through Race day – Sunday, June 7. Comcast has committed to support the matching campaign up to $25,000. The company will match one registration fee or donation per participant. “Employees throughout Comcast participated in the Race for the Cure for years, and it’s exciting to take this support to a new level. I can’t think of anyone at Comcast who hasn’t been touched in some way by breast cancer through personal experience or family and friends. We are excited to partner with the Susan G. Komen Puget Sound and be a part of the solution to end breast cancer,” said Steve Kipp, Vice President of External Affairs for Comcast. Washington State has the 5th highest breast cancer incidence rate in the U.S., according to a 2015 American Cancer Society survey. Breast cancer affects women and men across regions, ethnicities, and ages. In 2015, there are expected to be nearly 295,000 new breast cancer cases and over 40,000 deaths in the United States. For more information about the registration and donation match and a list of participating Xfinity stores, visit: www.KomenPugetSound.org/ ComcastMatch.
Breast cancer and family life Patients get well faster with family support.
Family is at the heart of everyday life for most people. Busy schedules are filled with work, school, daycare, and hobbies. Add to that all the shopping, housework, and a few other activities and suddenly you’re faced with overload. Such is life, vibrant and joyful, until the day when the unthinkable happens. Mom (or even Dad, although it’s more rare) develops breast cancer. Even though breast cancer primarily affects women, men can also receive this diagnosis. A newly diagnosed person sometimes has to leave her job, either temporarily or permanently, to undergo the appropriate treatment. The family has to
reorganize and confront increased expenses and a reduction in income, especially if the parent has to be sent away to be treated. Indeed, oncology centers are usually located in large urban areas. It is quite understandable that parents feel totally distraught at the thought of having to leave their children and suffer through this ordeal all alone. Fortunately, many types of support are available. Common supports are loved ones, self-help groups, organizations and foundations that provide counseling, and accommodations near specialized oncology centers. With the Internet, webcams, and social media, it is now much easier to communicate from a distance and experience the support of family. It is important to stay in touch with children and stay involved in their daily lives; it helps make the long wait seem shorter, and it soothes everyone’s worries. In happiness as in adversity, it is comforting to be able to count on a united family. Send a clear message to those treacherous cancer cells—the family will have the last word!
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Rock ‘n’ Soul for the Cure
August 15, 2015 • Benaroya Hall, Seattle Rock & Soul for a cause! Enjoy an evening at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle with Kalimba Band’s R&B, soul, and funk-inspired sound while playing a part in the local fight against breast cancer.
Survivor Celebration Join us at the 2015 Breast Cancer Survivor Celebration aboard a Holland America Line cruise ship. Enjoy a gourmet lunch with stunning views of Puget Sound and the Seattle city skyline, meet other breast cancer survivors and be inspired by special guest speakers. Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91, Seattle. Registration begins in August. ®
September 18-20, 2015 Greater Seattle Area The Susan G. Komen 3-Day is a 60-mile walk for women and men who want to make a personal difference in the fight to end breast cancer.
Lunch for the Cure
October 6, 2015 Hotel Murano Bicentennial Pavilion, Tacoma Lunch for the Cure® brings together Pierce County’s business and community leaders to raise funds for breast health outreach and education in Western Washington and for breast cancer research globally.
Power of a Promise Luncheon ®
October 28, 2015 • Downtown Seattle
The Power of a Promise luncheon brings together the Seattle and Eastside communities to make a powerful statement of commitment to Komen’s promise of a world without breast cancer. Learn more about these and other events at komenpugetsound.org.
• One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. • Because every minute, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer. • And because, breast cancer knows no boundaries—be it age, gender, socioeconomic status or geographic location.
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We Race because at the current rate, 13 million breast cancer deaths around the world will occur in the next 25 years.
Denny START: 2nd & Mercer E/B Mercer to 5th Ave. S/B 5th Ave. to Cedar W/B Cedar to 4th Ave. S/B 4th to Seneca (East side of street) N/B 4th to Denny (West side of street) W/B Denny (W/B lanes) N/B 2nd Ave to Seattle Center FINISH: 2nd & Harrison (Int’l Fountain)
When you participate and fundraise for the Race, we fight these statistics together. In 1980, the 5-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer (cancer confined to the breast) was about 74 percent. Today, that number is 99 percent! Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer - transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. This progress was made with your continued support and together we can reach our vision of a world without breast cancer.
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Race Day Schedule 7:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:15 AM 8:30 AM 8:45 AM 8:45 AM 9:00 AM 10:55 AM 11:15 AM
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September 12, 2015 Holland America Line at Pier 91, Seattle
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Join us on Sunday, June 7 as we come together to celebrate breast cancer survivors while raising critical funds for the fight against breast cancer. Seventy-five percent of funds raised at the Race support local breast health screening, education and outreach programs. Twenty-five percent of funds raised go toward global research to find a cure. Visit komenpugetsound.org to sign up.
New this Year Your canine companion can be an official part of this year’s Race when you register them for Paws for the Cure 5K walk! Paws for the Cure will begin at 9:00 am at the start line on Race day. A Race bib and pink bandana are included with your dog’s $25 registration fee, which must be purchased as part of an adult walker registration. Only one dog is permitted per adult walker registration.
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Join a Team Multiply your impact, multiply your fun! Participating in the Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure® with a team increases the fun, the laughter and maybe even the tears you share on Race day. Did you know that every two minutes a new case of breast cancer is diagnosed in the US? Help us fight back by forming a team in honor or in memory of someone you know impacted or touched by breast cancer. Together you make an even greater impact than you could alone. Teams can be of any size and team members do not have to participate in the same event. There is no extra cost to form or join a team.
Make a donation Even if you can’t walk or run, you can lend your support to the breast cancer fight by making a general donation or giving to a participant or team. Visit the Race website to find out how.
Fundraise for the cure Fundraising for the Race is easy! When you register, you automatically receive your own fundraising website which can be personalized. Use it to encourage everyone you know to visit your site where they can see what you are doing in the fight against breast cancer and make a donation on your behalf. The Race website has a full list of other resources you can use to help you achieve your fundraising goals.
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KOMEN ON A MISSION TO END BREAST CANCER
Founded in 1992 by local volunteers who shared a vision of ending breast cancer forever, the Puget Sound Affiliate has invested more than $28.6 million to fight breast cancer. Funding from Race for the Cure and other Komen Puget Sound events support community programs, as well as groundbreaking science to find a cure. Komen funds breast cancer early detection and education. Here are just a few of the organizations that benefit:
Patient Assistance & Treatment Support, helping low-income patients who are in treatment for breast cancer. Washington State Department of Health—Komen Breast Cancer Screening & Diagnostic Program, lifesaving mammograms and diagnostic services to nearly 8,000 low income women
Breast Cancer Navigation Program, screening, diagnostics and treatment for Asian, Pacific Islander, African American, Hispanic, Native American and sexual minority women in Tacoma/Pierce County
South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency—
Native Women’s Wellness Program, providing breast health outreach, education, screening and support to women in rural tribal communities.
THE FABULOUS FOOBS
With a name like The Fabulous Foobs, the Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure team co-led by survivor Dana Chambers would have a good story behind it. Indeed, “foobs” are the result of Dana’s own journey, which began in December 2013 with a needle biopsy and diagnosis of invasive ductal carcinoma. Dana, married and “mom” to a quarter horse named Gunnar, was told to prepare for surgery, chemo and a long, difficult year. Determined to win the battle, she opted for a double mastectomy, and ended up having 16 lymph nodes out too. Dana recalls a difficult recovery from surgery, followed by a surprising rebound during chemo. Though she lost her hair and experienced pain and fatigue, she took RV trips with her
Also, a minimum of 25 percent of the affiliate’s net income goes to breast cancer research. Here are just a few of the Komen Scholars funded in the past year: • Julie Gralow, M.D., of the University of Washington, is exploring whether there are features found on breast cancer cells at the time of diagnosis that make the cancer cells more likely to spread to the bone or other sites. Dr. Gralow and her team also test whether biophosphonates, a class of drugs that inhibit bone breakdown, can decrease breast cancer recurrence. • Benjamin Anderson, M.D., of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, to continue his professional work in addressing breast cancer disparities around the globe. • Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., of the University of Washington to screen for mutations in the non-coding regions of breast cancer genes that may regulate when and where those genes get activated, potentially identifying novel mutations and new mechanisms for inherited breast cancer.
Dr. King is well known for her discovery of the BRCA1 gene. Studies have shown that mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 (combined with other known genetic risk mutations) account for about one-third of hereditary breast cancers.
husband, rode Gunnar and made progress on her quilting projects. “I was not about to let cancer rule my life and take away the things I love the most,” she said. She signed up for her first Race for the Cure and joined thousands of Komen Puget Sound supporters and fundraisers at Seattle Center last June. “At the end of the one-mile walk I was so warm that I decided to remove my bandana in public for the first time,” she said. A photographer captured the moment when a friend kissed Dana’s bald head. That compelling shot – with Dana’s beautiful grin – graces this year’s Race flyers and ads. Dana’s battle isn’t finished. Chemo ended, but her oncologist advised Herceptin infusions and an anti-estrogen medicine along with radiation. With treatments and reconstruction still in her future, Dana works at maintaining a positive attitude, expressing thanks to God, family, friends and a supportive medical team. “I’m going to the gym, walking, riding my horse and living my life,” Dana said. “And I’ll see all of you at Race for the Cure on June 7!”
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and help women get lifesaving breast cancer screenings. Join former Gov. Christine Gregoire in choosing these special edition license plates, now available through the Washington State Department of Licensing. Proceeds from the plates fund free breast cancer screening services and follow-ups for women in need through the state’s Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program (BCCHP), supported through a grant from Susan G. Komen® Puget Sound. Gregoire, a breast cancer survivor, credits early detection for saving her life and is committed to raising awareness of cancer prevention and screenings, including mammograms. The first 18 Washington State breast cancer awareness license plates were sold by online auction in October, raising $13,983 for the cause. If you or a loved one need a mammogram but have no insurance or a limited health plan, contact the BCCHP to apply for a free screening. Call 1-888-438-2247 to find out if you may be eligible, or get more information online at www.doh.wa.gov/bcchp. Eligibility for the BCCHP is based on health insurance status, income and age.
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THERE’S A SAYING THAT VOLUNTEERS DON’T NECESSARILY HAVE TIME, but they do have heart. If that’s true, then Susan G. Komen Puget Sound volunteer Barb Tiller has heart—lots of it. The 70-year-old Seattle native has been an active Komen Puget Sound volunteer for 20 years, beginning her involvement with the Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure in 1996. This year’s Race for the Cure brings Barb’s volunteer career full circle as she tackles the challenge of wrangling close to 500 helpers as the Race volunteer co-chair. “I’ve always loved Komen, ever since I started volunteering,” Barb says. That love was born of a chance meeting with a pair of breast cancer survivors, a meeting she counts as a transformational moment in her journey. “They were so full of life and happy,” she recalls. “They’d just gone through treatment and losing a breast, and I thought ‘How could they be happy going through something like that?’” Barb soon recognized
that it is the feeling of sisterhood among survivors that lies at the root of their joy. Since then, Barb has been an active Komen volunteer, providing support for everything from administrative work in the organization’s downtown Seattle office to greeting guests at events. Her volunteer work, she says, “is just something of a passion now. I want to continue to work with Komen and be a part of the cure.” As Race volunteer cochair, Barb is charged with managing a variety of roles required to ensure the event goes smoothly. However, her greatest joy in the role is in seeing all of the other who are also interested in finding a cure. She is inspired by these volunteers, many of them breast cancer survivors, who share her determination to bring an end to the disease.
WAYS TO SUPPORT A SURVIVOR It may be hard to know what to say or do when someone has breast cancer, even when you really want to help. Susan G. Komen has resources for “co-survivors,” along with suggested ways to offer support and take care of yourself during this difficult time. A co-survivor can be anyone who offers support, including family, friends, spouses, partners, kids, co-workers, healthcare providers, support groups and spiritual advisors. There are many ways to support a survivor. Thoughtful gestures big and small mean a lot, whether the person has just been diagnosed or completed treatment years ago. By giving support you show strength and love. There are three main types of support: informational, emotional and practical. Survivors may need different types of support at different times. Informational support involves learning all you can about breast cancer, because the more you know, the more you can help. You can learn common breast cancer terms and treatment options, make a list of questions to ask the
doctor, or gather information for your loved one and share what you’ve learned. Emotional support means you’re aware a diagnosis of breast cancer can bring about a wide range of emotions including shock, fear, denial, sadness and anger. As your loved one goes through this, just listen. Let them express their feelings. Give them a hug if it will be of comfort. Practical support means helping with dayto-day tasks. You could offer to cook or clean, drive them to the doctor, deliver a hot meal, do laundry, send a note or watch their kids. Sometimes co-survivors need help too. Support groups are available for caregivers. You can also ask others to help so that you can take a break. By going to www.komen.org/cosurvivor, you can connect with others on Komen’s cosurvivor message board and create an online calendar to assist your loved one. If you’re a co-survivor in need of support or tips, visit www.komen.org/cosurvivor or call the breast care helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636).
Making healthy lifestyle choices Healthy lifestyle choices may help lower your risk of different types of cancer and other health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Though not all these behaviors lower the risk of breast cancer, they are good for overall health.
• Eat at least 2 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables every day. • Choose 100 percent whole grain foods (such as 100 percent whole grain breads and cereals, brown rice, millet and quinoa).
• Be physically active (get regular exercise).
• Limit red meat and processed meat. Choose chicken, fish or beans more often.
• Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. (Survivors who are overweight or obese should limit high-calorie foods and beverages and increase physical activity to help with weight loss.)
• Limit “bad” fats (saturated and trans fats). These are found in foods such as red meat, fatty deli meats, poultry skin, full fat dairy, fried foods, margarine, donuts and microwave popcorn.
• Eat “good” fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats). These are found in foods such as olive and canola oil, nuts and natural nut butters, avocado and olives. • Limit alcohol intake to less than one drink a day for women and fewer than two drinks a day for men. Being physically active, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol and to a lesser degree, eating fruits and vegetables may help lower your risk of breast cancer. Other factors are good for your overall health and may help lower the risk of other types of cancer.
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Three years later and still fighting the good fight
Now in remission for six years, Renton’s Jennifer Teeler is using what she learned during her fight to inspire others BY TRACEY COMPTON TCOMPTON@RENTONREPORTER.COM
When last the Renton Reporter spoke to breast cancer survivor Jennifer Teeler, she had put three years between her and her battle with the disease. Now at 50, she’s been in remission for six years and said she’s still experienced more joy in life than sorrow. Back in 2012, Teeler was into her lifestyle change, foregoing using a microwave and pass“Dealing with my ing up fast food, eating vegetables own diagnosis gave and exercising. me the tools to help Today her house still does not the rest of my family have a microwave, something she as we dealt with one and her family gave up because dire situation after she thought it may have ill effects anoother..” on their health. She’s also kept her Councilman Don Persson commitment to use plastic bottles sparingly and limits processed food. “I’m still somewhat active,” she said. “But I don’t do either of those things as well as I did last time we talked,” she said of eating veggies and exercising. She tried to get her family to follow suit, but said that they eat more junk food as a reaction to her rejection of it, she thinks. Her husband Tony and her daughters Ellie and Abigail have been known to have a Big Mac from time to time. One thing that hasn’t changed is Teeler’s faith. It still defines her and has carried her through recent trials with family members. When she was diagnosed with cancer at age 42, her life
Jennifer Teeler, left, poses with her family, Ellie, Tony and Abigal, during a 2014 trip to the beach. Teeler has been in remission from breast cancer for six years. COURTESY PHOTO had been pretty easy up until that point and she’d had no history of the disease in her family. Last year her sister, at age 45, was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Soon after she finished treatment, their mom suffered kidney failure and is now on dialysis. If that wasn’t enough, last Christmas Teeler’s father had surgery on his carotid artery. “Everyone is doing well now, but dealing with my own diagnosis gave me the tools to help the rest of my family
as we dealt with one dire situation after another,” Teeler said. “On the flip side though, God has also filled my life with a happy marriage, healthy children - one who is graduating from high school this year - family vacations, new nieces and nephews, lots of reasons to rejoice and much more joy than sorrow.” Teeler has the privilege, she said, of walking beside [ more TEELER page 7 ]
Breast Cancer Warning Signs Due to the use of regular mammography screening, most breast cancers in the U.S. are found at an early stage – before signs appear. However, not all breast cancers are found through mammography. Though warning signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women, the most common signs are a change in the look or feel of a breast or nipple, or nipple discharge. If you have any of the warning signs described below, see a health care provider. If you do not have a provider, one of the best ways to find a good one is to get a referral from a trusted family member or friend. If that is not an option, call your health department, a clinic or a nearby hospital. • Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
• Change in the size or shape of the breast • Dimpling or puckering of the skin • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple • Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly • New pain in one spot that does not go away. In most cases, these changes are not cancer. For example, breast pain is more common with benign breast conditions than with breast cancer. However, the only way to know for sure is to see a provider. If you have breast cancer, it is best to find it at an early stage, when the chances of survival are highest.
DID YOU KNOW? Washington State has the 5th highest breast cancer incidence rate in the U.S., according to a 2015 American Cancer Society survey. Breast cancer affects women and men across regions, ethnicities, and ages. In 2015, there are expected to be nearly 295,000 new breast cancer cases and over 40,000 deaths in the United States.
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many women who are undergoing cancer treatment, as the volunteer resource manager for the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. She tries to impart to other women some of the peace and strength God gave her when she was on the same path. Time is still worth more than money to her, which is why she enjoys her work at the nonprofit. “Once you spend an hour or a day or a week, you can never earn it back,” Teeler said. “That’s one of the reasons that I
so enjoy working with volunteers. I believe that it’s easier to give a dollar to a good cause than to give an hour. Volunteers are generous people who believe so passionately in the organization they are supporting that they are willing to give their time to that organization.” Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure® still has lots of volunteer jobs available for the race, June 7, at Seattle Center. If interested, visit http://pugetsound.info-komen.org/site/ PageServer?pagename=SEA_ TR_volunteer.
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Breast cancer is easiest to cure when it’s detected early. Have you had your annual mammogram? If not, don’t delay! Call The Breast Center at Valley Medical Center today! 425.656.5588
Jennifer Teller poses for photos with her sisters, her husband Tony and fellow volunteers. COURTESY PHOTOS
FREE WOMEN’S HEALTH EVENT Early Detection is the Best Protection The Breast Center at Valley is dedicated to helping our community win the battle against breast cancer. Early detection is the key to increasing treatment options and survival. In addition to an annual clinical exam and annual mammogram for women over the age of 40, a monthly selfbreast exam is recommended for all women aged 20 and older.
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Healing Environment Warmed, lush gowns. A calm, comfortable and reassuring environment. Specialists at The Breast Center at Valley Medical Center understand the anxiety that often accompanies mammography and other diagnostic testing and we emphasize comfort, privacy, education and attention.
We invite you to our upcoming educational seminars to discuss treatment options for common female health concerns: 5 things women are too embarrassed to talk about • Migraine headache relief: tips and treatments • 14 things your eyes say about your health • Heartburn and hemorrhoids
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Saturday, June 6, at our Renton clinic 9–11 AM (8:30 registration) 601 S Carr Rd, #100, Renton, WA 98055
Radiologists at The Breast Center are experienced in women’s imaging offering advanced digital technology, including the R2 ImageChecker®, which provides a digital second opinion of your mammogram. Our extensive screening services include low-dose screening mammography, diagnostic mammography ultrasound and bone density testing. Should you need care beyond routine imaging, we also offer comprehensive services and collaborative, skilled practitioners to support and guide you every step of the way.
Saturday, June 20, at our Canyon Park clinic 9–11 AM (8:30 registration) 1909 214th St SE, #300, Bothell, WA 98021
We will offer FREE Health Risk Assessment Screenings at our Canyon Park event!
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The Breast Center at Valley Medical Center is here for you and the ones you love. Call today to schedule an appointment at 425.656.5588.
Meet our PacMed™ presenting providers. From left to right: Richard M. Wasserman, MD; Maylon Hsu, MD; Rachel Epstein, ARNP; Ruchi Sharma, MD; Aparna Kulkarni, MD
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A Step in the Right Direction Join QFC and the Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure as we raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Ensuring that all women have access to breast cancer early detection and quality treatment support is the ultimate goal, and QFC is committed to seeing this happen. Understanding the facts about the disease and knowing the warning signs can help protect you and your loved ones. Here are some useful tips: • Talk to your family and learn about your family health history • Complete monthly breast self-exams • Be alert to any changes in your body • Notify your doctor immediately if you notice any changes or have any concerns • Have yearly check-ups and mammograms, as recommended • Spread the word by talking and sharing with mothers, sisters, family and friends. Love and knowledge are powerful weapons in this battle.
QFC is proud to be the Local Presenting Sponsor of this year’s Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure. We will see you at Seattle Center on June 7th!