May 2010



Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Partners with Pimlico Race Course

Pimlico Race Course and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, are partnering to raise funds to aid awareness and research.

Pimlico has pledged to raise a minimum of $100,000 for Komen for the Cure. 50% of the funds raised will go to the Komen Maryland Affiliate to use for community outreach programs in Maryland and 50% will be used for lifesaving breast cancer research.

Last weekend's Preakness 5K Run/Walk, benefiting Komen, was a great success. Click here for photos. This Friday, May 14, Pimlico will host The People's Pink Party on Black-Eyed Susan Day. 

There is still time to purchase tickets and be part of this wonderful event! Tickets are available by calling 410-542-9400.  For more information on all of these exciting events, please visit Komen Maryland's Black-Eyed Susan Day webpage.


2010 Susan G. Komen Maryland Race for the Cure®

The 18th Annual Susan G. Komen Maryland Race for the Cure® will be held on Sunday, October 3 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. We're looking forward to another great Race! The Race website is now open for registration and fundraising to begin!

Volunteers are still needed for several key roles on the Race Executive Planning Committee. Monthly meetings are held the last Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in our Towson office. Please contact Elaine Foard at to discuss these opportunities.

Team Captain Meeting Dates

We welcome new and returning team captains! Please register for a Team Captain meeting held at Wegmans in Hunt Valley to learn what’s new this year, network, and share best practices with other team captains. The Team Captain Guide can be found here.

Would YOUR business like to reach over 100,000 Marylanders?

Komen Maryland is seeking groups and businesses interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities for the 2010 Race for the Cure. The deadline is Tuesday, June 1. 

A special thank you to the following sponsors who have officially signed on as 2010 Race for the Cure sponsors since last month's e-newsletter:

AAI Corporation
Corporate Office Properties Trust
The Daily Record
Fidelity Power Systems
Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP
Greenberg Gibbons
Hill Management
Legg Mason
Marriott Hunt Valley
Wagonheim & Associates

Seeking Race Day entertainers

If you are a performer, band, musician, dance team, cheerleading squad, juggler, or other kind of entertainer and would like to donate your talent at this year's Race, please contact the Entertainment Committee at

Volunteer on Race Day!

Our Race Volunteer Center is up and running.  Check it out here!

Komen for the Cure Lobby Day

Komen Maryland Executive Director Robin Prothro traveled to the nation’s capital Thursday, April 29, joining nearly 200 Komen for the Cure advocates from across the country, to remind our nation’s leaders of the importance of early detection and to challenge policy makers to invest in cancer research to bring about the next generation of screening technology. 

“Regular mammograms are a key to surviving breast cancer,” said Prothro. “Yet between budget cuts and recent controversial recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, women are changing their perception that screening isn’t important. This week’s push on Capitol Hill will impress upon our elected leaders that all women need access to the breast cancer screening tools available today, and that we need to develop more innovative screening tools for tomorrow.” 

For more information and to take action, please click here. 

Komen Grantee Spotlight:  St. Mary's Pink Ribbon Project

The Pink Ribbon Project of St. Mary’s County began in 2009 as a small grant to provide screening to at-risk women under the age of 40. During that time the project assisted over 28 women with screenings, surgical consults, and case management. In April 2010, the Pink Ribbon Project was awarded a Screening, Treatment, and Education Program (STEP) grant. As a new large grant program, the Pink Ribbon Project will expand their screening services to at-risk women under the age of 40 in Charles and Calvert Counties in Southern Maryland. “Breast issues are new for these young women as they are not old enough to be involved in the annual breast screening process,” states Tami Gaido, the St. Mary’s Hospital Liaison for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. “This inexperience, compounded by a lack of insurance or funds to pay for a screening, makes for a frightening journey in the medical world. The case management and financial assistance that we can provide through this grant funding are invaluable.”

In the photo: left to right Amy Heinrich, Board Member; Tami Gaido, St. Mary's Hospital Liaison, Breast and Cervical Cancer Program; and Barbara Hak, Director of Health Connections, St. Mary's Hospital.

Komen Kudos

Komen Maryland congratulates Kimberly Wright, a member of the Race for the Cure Committee.  Wright was selected to become a member of the Advocates in Science (AIS) with Komen National.  AIS is a diverse and dedicated community of volunteer advocates fostering excellence in research advocacy and greater advocate involvement in all aspects of breast cancer research. AIS members participate in scientific review of research applications, in advisory and planning committees, as well as scientific conferences, to ensure the unique perspectives of those affected by breast cancer are fully integrated into decisions at every step of the research process. AIS members engage in ongoing education to enhance their advocacy skills and expand their scientific knowledge.

Komen Maryland also welcomes our newest staff member, Jennifer Lima.  Jenny is the Development Coordinator and will work with third-party events and sponsorship.  

Finally, Komen Maryland is a finalist for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award.  Winners will be announced at a luncheon on Thursday, June 3.  For more information, click here.  

Host a Pink Bag Lunch

Pink bag lunches are back for 2010!!

Spend your lunch hour with Komen Maryland! We offer a FREE breast health education program tailored to the needs of any organization – from local businesses, to church and community organizations! Trained breast health educators provide relevant and engaging information resulting in 85% of participants reporting they gained new information about breast cancer and breast self-awareness as a result of this presentation.  Learn more on our website. 

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*We are always looking for volunteer professional photographers to photograph Komen Maryland events. If you are interested, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at

Friday, May 14, 2010
Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico Race Course
In recognition of Komen's signature color, Pimlico will be awash in pink for the "People's Pink Party!" Tickets are still available by calling 410-542-9400. Pimlico will donate 10% of all Black-Eyed Susan Day Turfside Terrace ticket sales, including the Friday portion of the two-day Turfside Terrace ticket, to Komen for the Cure.

Saturday - Monday, June 5-7, 2010
Ride Across Maryland
The 10th Annual Dick Gelfman's Ride Across Maryland is a 3-day/2-night event that offers motorcyclists (and is also open to cars, trucks, and vans) multiple locations to depart from before heading across the state to Ocean City, Maryland. During the past nine years, the non-profit Ride Across Maryland Foundation has donated over $1.7 million to Komen Maryland. In addition to the motorcycle ride, there will be a 5K Run for the Fight Against Breast Cancer in Columbia at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2010.  Click here for more information. 

There are many volunteer opportunities at both the motorcycle ride and 5K run. Please contact Nicole at or 410-992-9999.

Volunteers are needed to help at Columbia Mall for the 5K run and registration at the mall. Help is also needed at the Poker Run table, and to hand out water, both for the 5K and Motorcycle ride.  Once in Ocean City volunteers are needed to help with parking, registration, handing out premiums, with trash, as greeters, and with motorcycle games.

Monday, June 14, 2010: 6:00 p.m.
Charleston Benefit Dinner
An exquisite evening featuring a multi-course tasting menu with paired wines has been created
with all proceeds benefiting Komen Maryland.  Click here for more information and click here to purchase tickets. 

Friday, June 18 - Saturday, June 19, 2010
Mid-Atlantic Women's Motorcycle Rally
Join the all-women's rally to ride, attend fun and informative seminars, and enjoy laughing and learning with each other. For more information, click here.

Saturday, June 26, 2010
Amelia's Ace of Hearts Ride
Join the motorcycle parade and festivities to raise funds to help eradicate breast cancer as a life threatening disease. For more information and to register please click here.

Sunday, October 3, 2010: 8:00 a.m.
18th Annual Komen Maryland Race for the Cure
Join us in Hunt Valley for another great Race!

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