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Hoops for the Cure and Valentines Day!

Need a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Join us for Hoops for the Cure Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 2 pm. Prior to tipoff, survivors are invited to a special pre-game reception and survivor parade beginning at 1pm. Survivors are also welcome to stop by the Komen Tidewater office to claim their free ticket to an event that holds a special spot in the Old Dominion Lady Monarch's Basketball team’s heart.

As many of us know, Coach Barefoot has seen her fair share of those affected by Breast Cancer and that each year, this particular game means more than most. This year proves to be no different. Annette Chester, Barefoot’s Administrative Specialist, shares the survival story of her sister-in-law.

New England native, Rhonda Dettmer is the embodiment of why yearly mammograms prove to be so vitally important. At 40 years old, Rhonda received her first screening after seeing an advertisement for “free mammograms for your 40th birthday”. Because she was uninsured and no one in her family had ever been diagnosed, she had put the screening on the backburner. Now she knew that there was no excuse.

After her exam, she was sure that something seemed off—just not right. Within a few hours, she received a call from her doctor explaining that they had found a lump in her breast. Although she remained positive, relying on her faith, she was told that she had cancer. The cancer was so close to her chest wall, it was not easily detectable and may have been missed if she had limited her screening to just a clinical breast exam.  

Because of the early detection, she was given the option of a lumpectomy with radiation and other treatments or a mastectomy of her right breast. Rhonda opted for the mastectomy.

Rhonda has now been cancer-free for nearly 20 years and is a mother of two children. She admits that although it was scary to hear that she was fighting breast cancer, she is beyond relieved that early detection saved her life. For anyone who will face treatment decisions, Rhonda offers this advice: “Once you have decided, don’t second guess yourself. The healing process is better when you are comfortable with what you’re doing.”

See you at Hoops for the Cure on Saturday, February 14th.  Free survivor tickets are at the Komen Tidewater office, additional tickets can be purchased for $10 each.  The first 1000 people will receive a commemorative t-shirt and pom-pom.

New Breast Exam Nearly Quadruples Detection of Invasive Breast Cancers in Women with Dense Breast Tissue

Newswise - Rochester, Minn. - A new breast imaging technique pioneered at the Mayo Clinic and financially supported by Susan. G Komen grant programs, nearly quadruples detection rates of invasive breast cancers in women with dense breast tissue, according to the results of a major study published this week in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) is a supplemental imaging technology designed to find tumors that would otherwise be obscured by surrounding dense breast tissue on a mammogram. Tumors and dense breast tissue can both appear white on a mammogram, making tumors indistinguishable from background tissue in women with dense breasts. About half of all screening-aged women have dense breast tissue, according to Deborah Rhodes, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic physician and the senior author of this study.

MBI increased the detection rate of invasive breast cancers by more than 360 percent when used in addition to regular screening mammography, according to the study. MBI uses small, semiconductor-based gamma cameras to image the breast following injection of a radiotracer that tumors absorb avidly. MBI exploits the different behavior of tumors relative to background tissue, producing a functional image of the breast that can detect tumors not seen on mammography.

Michael O’Connor, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic scientist and inventor of the MBI technology, calls this latest study a major milestone for both safety and efficacy of the imaging device, largely because of the high detection rates achieved through low radiation exposure.

 “We are very excited about what MBI can offer women with dense breasts,” says Amy Conners, M.D., chair of Mayo Clinic’s Breast Imaging Division and a co-author of this study. “While we endorse annual mammography for all women age 40 and over, and the addition of annual MRI for women at high risk, MBI fills an important gap for supplemental screening in women with dense breasts who are not otherwise at high risk.”

The study was made possible by a grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation and a Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). To read the whole article, visit:

Pink in the Rink

This year marked the 8th Annual Pink in the Rink Fundraiser with our Norfolk Admirals. With each row of seats lined with abundant Komen pink, it was a sight to see—especially while reflecting off of the once a year pink ice!

Not only did the game raise awareness and bring the men and women battling breast cancer together, but it also featured a silent action. The silent auction garnered a lot of attention due primarily and one of a kind Admiral gear, donated by the team and management, along with some Komen accessories and handmade awareness blankets. The auction raised over $2,500; 75% of which will stay local with the remaining 25% going to National research grant programs.

The success of Pink in the Rink cannot have happened without the help of our wonderful volunteers and sponsors. A special thank you goes out to Christina Moore of Klar Voorhees Orthodontics, Macy Causey of Causey Racing and Michelle Beech.

Christina Moore was our puck dropper for the event. Moore was with breast cancer diagnosed in August of 2014 and a month later underwent a double mastectomy. In December, Klar Voorhees donated $1000 to Susan G. Komen in honor of her fight.  WE are lucky to have their support.

Macy Causey, a 14 year old racecar driver, came out to support the cause along with her pinked out racecar. She even signed autographs for her many fans in attendance. Make sure to look out for Macy during this upcoming race season!

Michelle Beech celebrated her birthday at Pink in the Rink for the 7th year in a row.  To make her day really special the Admirals invited her to ride the pregame Zamboni! Michelle was our top ticket seller, selling nearly 100 tickets to the event!

Thank you to the Norfolk Admirals and their staff for another wonderful year. We are already looking forward to next year.

2015  YSC (Young Survivor Coalition)
Summit Conference and Regional Symposium

Are you a young survivor or co-survivor? Do you wish that there were other young women who understood your battle? Since Susan G. Komen knows that there are many young women affected by the disease, we are a proud sponsor of the Young Survivor Coalition (YSC) and are fully committed to young survivors, and helping them with the varied challenges they face.

The YSC national conference features up-to-date information about the unique needs of young women with breast cancer including:

  • An array of inspirational speakers
  • Fun and empowering events
  • Educational workshops
  • Wellness activities
  • Discussion groups

The conference connects over 600 young survivors while also providing information on their learning track tailored to the newly diagnosed, post treatment, long-term survivorship or those living with metastatic disease. Co-survivors and guests are also connected and can learn ways to support their partner, while also being reminded of the importance of taking care of themselves. Healthcare providers are invited to learn more about the needs of this particular population, along with discovering the resources to share with their patients.

This year’s conference will be held from March 6th-8th in Houston, Texas at the Hilton Americas.

There will be a one day regional symposium a bit closer to home, on June 6th in Washington, D.C. This one-day symposium focuses on the individual pursuit of resilience and survivorship for the young women affected by and diagnosed with breast cancer.

To learn more about YSC events, visit their website

Win a trip to the
USBC Women's Championships

Do you love to bowl? Would you love a chance to attend that 2015 USBC Women’s Championships? How about combining your love for the sport to the story of your fight?

Share your story and you could win a trip of a lifetime! Each essay should answer one of the following questions: (in 500 words or less)

  • How has breast cancer affected you? Or
  • How have you been involved in the fight against breast cancer?

Once you apply, your story may be featured on the website where other women may vote for your story! If chosen, you and three other winners will begin your adventure in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and end  in Reno, Nevada to bowl in the 2015 USBC Women's Championships. Throughout your journey, you will raise breast cancer awareness, have a great time and, of course, have fun bowling - even if you don't know how to bowl!

Essays and applications are due February 12, 2015. For more details, and to apply visit:  or


Save the Dates

Komen 101
Komen Office
Thursday, February 12th
6pm - 7pm

Hoops for the Cure
ODU Lady Monarch's
Ted Constant Center
Saturday, February 14th
Reception: 1pm
Game: 2pm
Free t-shirts to the first 1000 people. Breast Cancer Survivors receive a free ticket, available at the Komen office. Non-survivor tickets are $10.

Road Rage Events
2nd Annual For the Cure
Mount Trashmore
Saturday, February 21st
You are invited to join the Komen office team, TKO.

Wacaol Bra Fitting
Greenbreir Mall Dillards
Wednesday, March 4th
10am - close

Wacaol Bra Fitting
MacArthur Mall Dillards
Thursday, March 5th
10am - close

Wacaol Bra Fitting
Patrick Henry Mall Dillards
Friday, March 6th
10am - close

Wacaol Bra Fitting
Lynnhaven Mall Dillards
Friday, March 6th
10am - close

Komen 101
Komen Office
Saturday, March 7th
10am - 11am

St. Patrick's Day Parade
Ocean View, Norfolk
Saturday, March 14
Interested in helping to design and build the float, please contact Erin Kesler at 490-7794 ext 106.

Windsor HS Alumni Basketball Tournament
Windsor, VA
Saturday, March 28th

Spartyka - 4th Annual MMA
TKO for the Ta-Ta's
Ted Constant Center, ODU
Friday, April 11th
Tickets from $35

Spartyka - 2nd Annual Race for the Ta-Ta's
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Saturday, April, 12th
Watch for registration information.  

ASPIRE - Purpose in Performance
Funny Bones - Town Center
Tuesday, April 14th
6pm - 8pm
Tickets $20.00
A Talent search series by Greater 24, benefiting Komen Tidewater
Watch for more information.

Menpause the Musical - Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News.
Friday, April 24th
Join us for this fun evening, tickets available at $5 discount in the office.

Tribe for the Cure
College of William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business presents the 4th annual Tribefest for the Cure
Sunday, April 26th

Pink-o de Mayo
The Westin, VB Town Center
Saturday, May 1st
Watch for information

Shop, Dine and Donate
Peninsula Town Center
Saturday, May 9th
Make sure to present your receipts at Mary's Park and Peninsula Town Center will donate $10 on your behalf!

Volunteer Picnic
Bayville Farm
Sunday, May 17th

Powerboating for the Cure
July 10th-11th, 2015

Bat for the Cure
Norfolk Tide's, Harbor Park
July, 2015

Race for the Cure
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
October, 10, 2015

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