(April 5, 2019) The Susan G. Komen Foundation will host several “More Than Pink” activities, which includes a free “Hope in Bloom” breast health education event on Thursday, April 11, at the Residence Inn by Marriott on 61st Street from 5-8 p.m. 

The Susan G. Komen Foundation has partnered with Atlantic General Hospital to raise awareness about breast health this year. Breast cancer survivors and health providers will present a seminar on early detection and overcoming the disease.

“We’re really happy to be able to partner with Atlantic General Hospital for this event and to offer breast health education and access to expert positions in an environment like this at no cost to the attendees,” Lori Yates, Susan G. Komen Foundation community health and grants manager, said.

The three-hour event will include vendors, a complimentary dinner at 6 p.m., and a panel of speakers, including Dr. Roopa Gupta and Dr. Manoj Jain of Atlantic General Hospital’s John H. “Jack” Burbage Regional Cancer Care Center.

“We have an array of exhibitors so they’ll be able to get additional health-related information from the other exhibitors,” Yates said. “We look at it as a really enjoyable setting to receive excellent health information.”

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One hundred guests can learn about the importance of breast health next Thursday.

Information about the upcoming Susan G. Komen walk on Saturday, April 13, will also be available.

“We’ll have lots of walk information at our table for everyone,” Yates said.

The keynote address will be provided by Dr. Darlene Jackson-Bowen, who will share experiences of hope, health and survivorship. A panel of survivors will take part in a Q&A session.

One of the guest speakers is Ocean City run/walk chairwoman Suzy Taylor, who lost her mother to the disease. Taylor will talk about how the disease affected her mother and share her personal story.

“We use [the event] as a chance for everyone there to learn about what we do and what we provide in the community,” Yates said. “We have these four pillars, the areas that we impact and that we try to educate people about those things, [which] is Research, Care, Community and Action.”

To register for the event, visit www.agh.care/hope or call 410-629-6820. Only 100 seats will be available.

On Saturday, April 13, the Susan G. Komen Foundation run and walk will take place at the inlet and the Boardwalk. At 7:30 a.m., the celebration village will open. The walk will begin at 9 a.m.

The event raises awareness, support and funds for breast cancer research with a 5K fun run or walk and a 1-mile family walk.

Over 1,500 people participated in the eighth annual Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure in 2018 and $165,254 was raised.

Since the inaugural event in 2012, Ocean City cancer survivors, supporters and race participants have raised more than $1.5 million for the organization.

In 2018, Komen Maryland awarded $359,000 to Eastern Shore grant programs including the St. Agnes Hospital Foundation, the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation, Wicomico County Health Department, Meritus Healthcare Foundation, Moveable Feast, Maintaining Active Citizens, the Northwest Hospital Center and Nueva Vida.

Komen’s efforts have helped reduce death rates from breast cancer by 34 percent since 1990 and improve five-year relative survival rates for early stage cancers from 74 percent to 99 percent.

In the last three decades, Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer.

Founded in 1993, Komen Maryland is a top affiliate in the Komen network. Since 1993, Komen Maryland has contributed $38 million dollars to community programs, education and national research.

To learn more about the Susan G. Komen Foundation, visit https://komenmd.org/ or call 410-938-8990.

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