DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 16 The Des MoinesAffiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will host four events August 16 - 18to launch the state's participation in the Komen Community Challenge. The DesMoines Komen Community Challenge events mark the seventh stop of the 25-citycampaign to elevate breast cancer on the national agenda and to draw attentionto disparities in breast cancer mortality.
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On August 16, health care advocates, breast cancer survivors and electedofficials will gather at the Anderson Erickson Dairy Stage sponsored by KCCI-TV at the Iowa State Fair for a Close the Gap rally, with featured speakerElizabeth Edwards. On August 17, a breakfast forum will be held at TerraceHill for a discussion on closing gaps in research, public policy and access toquality care that can make breast cancer deadlier for some women than others.
The Komen on the Go community education bus will be at the Blank Park Zooon August 17 and at the Downtown Farmers Market the morning of August 18.August 18 will also be Komen for the Cure Night at the Iowa Cubs baseballgame. Governor Bill Richardson will throw out the first pitch on Komen'sbehalf. Des Moines Affiliate volunteers and representatives from Komen forthe Cure headquarters -- wearing their trademark pink tees -- will be there tocheer him on.
Nationwide, one in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.Many Americans -- racial and ethnic minorities, low income women and thosewith little or no health insurance -- are less likely to receive qualitycancer care and are more likely to die from the disease. This year in Iowa, itis estimated that approximately 2,000 new cases of breast cancer will bediagnosed in women.AUGUST 16 EVENT Legislative Day at the Iowa State Fair - Close the Gap Rally WHO: Featured Speaker: Elizabeth Edwards "Sheltered Reality" youth drum line Representative Geri Huser, Altoona (D): 42 Senator Pat Ward, West Des Moines (R): 30 Diana Balma, Vice President of Public Policy, Komen for the Cure Shelley Fuld Nasso, Policy Director, Komen for the Cure The Calendar Gals, a group of Des Moines area women who posed for a breast cancer fundraising calendar WHEN: August 16 at 10 a.m. WHERE: Anderson Erickson Dairy Stage, sponsored by KCCI-TV at the Iowa State Fair near the Cultural Center AUGUST 17 EVENTS Breakfast Forum at Terrace Hill WHO: Barbara Grassley Shelley Fuld Nasso, Policy Director, Komen for the Cure Lisa Long, President of Komen Des Moines Jenny Carney, breast cancer survivor Breast cancer survivors and health care advocates WHEN: August 17 at 8:30 a.m. WHERE: 2300 Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA 50312 Komen on the Go vehicle at the Blank Park Zoo for Family Friday Night WHO: Des Moines Affiliate Volunteers WHEN: August 17 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. WHERE: Blank Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th Street, Des Moines AUGUST 18 EVENTS Komen on the Go vehicle at the Downtown Farmers Market WHO: Des Moines Affiliate Volunteers Representatives from Komen for the Cure headquarters WHEN: August 18, from 7 a.m. - noon WHERE: Farmers Market -- Downtown Des Moines on Court Avenue between 5th St. and the bridges Komen for the Cure Night at Iowa Cubs Game WHO: Governor Bill Richardson, New Mexico, to throw the first pitch Des Moines Affiliate Volunteers Representatives from Komen for the Cure headquarters WHEN: August 18, Farmers Market from 7 a.m. - noon; I-Cubs Game at 7:05 p.m. WHERE: Farmers Market - Downtown Des Moines on Court Avenue between 5th St. and the bridges I-Cubs Baseball Gam