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We Race Because…

  • 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, socio-economic status or geographic location.
  • We continue to Race because at the current rate, 13 million breast cancer deaths around the world will occur in the next 25 years.


But, 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.

Komen Community Ambassadors


The Komen Community Ambassadors is a group of breast cancer survivors who have been chosen from the 16 county Komen Chattanooga Affiliate service area to represent the FACES OF BREAST CANCER for the Affiliate’s 16thAnniversary in these communities.   They are advocates for the Komen Mission to find the cures and end breast cancer forever!  Representing different races, ages, communities, and even gender, they are sharing their stories to remind us all that breast cancer does not discriminate.  We all know someone, love someone, and perhaps are someone who is or will battle this disease.The Community Community Ambassadors all know first-hand how important it is to have support, information, education, and HOPE. Below are some inspiring stories of survivors who found a purpose in sharing their experiences with others. Maybe their stories will inspire you and offer hope. Click on pictures to view their stories:

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  Leslie Morgan             Jennifer Gentry              Genesis Chester              Mary Cole-Wolfe             Darlene Smith                                                                                      

  Debbie Fassino.jpg  Fatima Henderson.jpg  Melissa Blevins.jpg  Karen Kjeldgaard.jpg  Jackie Stephenson1.jpg 
  Debbie Fassino         Fatima Henderson               Melissa Blevins         Karen Kjeldgaard       Jackie Stephenson

 Denise Hockenberry.jpg  Diane Joyner.jpg  Clarence Willingham.jpg  fifteen.jpg  Angie Thomas.jpg                                                                                     
  Denise Hockenberry    Diane Joyner                Clarence Willingham        Lynn Hutcheson         Angie Thomas          

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Martha Tallant                                  Susan Raschel