Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) Hosts Inaugural Illinois State Summit in Springfield

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 General News
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Nov. 10 Eight Affiliates of Susan G.Komen for the Cure(R), the leader of the global breast cancer movement, willconvene at the first-ever Komen Illinois State Summit Nov. 12 in Springfieldto identify gaps in the state's breast health coverage, discuss the impact ofstatewide breast health programs and work to ensure all Illinois residentshave access to life-saving education, screening and treatment options forbreast cancer.


"We have counties in this state not served directly by a Komen Affiliatethat need to be reached with breast health messages so we can continue to keepour promise: to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people,ensuring quality care for all and energizing the science to find the cures,"said Executive Director Michael Ziener from the Komen Chicagoland AreaAffiliate.

The Komen for the Cure Affiliates attending the summit all serve areas ofIllinois. Some are based in the state while others are from the neighboringstates of Indiana, Iowa and Missouri. The Komen Affiliates participating arethe Chicagoland Area Affiliate, Peoria Memorial Affiliate, McLean CountyAffiliate, Quad Cities Affiliate, Decatur Affiliate, Greater EvansvilleAffiliate, St. Louis Affiliate and the Wabash Valley Affiliate.

This summit will primarily address the gaps in Komen reach by county. Itwill also help answer questions regarding how to increase Komen coverage areasstrategically in the next three to six years, address public policy and thecurrent House Bill 5192 (disparities bill) and finally, it will aim to openthe channels of communication between the many other organizations impactingbreast cancer in Illinois.

"Statewide programs like the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Programand various organizations around the state are doing their part to help theunderinsured and uninsured in Illinois. Susan G. Komen for the Cure has astrong Affiliate presence in Illinois as well as surrounding states and needsto take a lead in closing gaps so that all Illinois residents will haveinformation and access to breast health care. That's why we are gathering inSpringfield to tackle these important issues," said Executive Director LindaMaricle from the Komen Peoria Memorial Affiliate.

Komen Affiliates serving Illinois are working together to close gaps inorder to serve all communities in Illinois with the most up-to-date breasthealth information. Of the funds raised by these Affiliates through eventssuch as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure(R), 75 percent of net proceedsstays in the local communities for health programs while the remaining amountfunds breast cancer research.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R)

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would doeverything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promisebecame Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancermovement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots networkof breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empowerpeople, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure(R), we have invested morethan $1.2 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source ofnonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. Formore information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breastcancer, visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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