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2018 Race for the Cure Updates

25th Annual Cleveland Race for the Cure
Saturday, August 18th, 2018
Edgewater Park
6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway
Cleveland, OH 44102
6th Annual Akron Race for the Cure
Saturday, October 13th, 2018
Canal Park Stadium
300 S. Main Street
Akron, OH 44308

Registration and fundraising for the 25th Annual Cleveland Race for the Cure opens on April 1, 2018. This year we are excited to host the event at a brand new location - the Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Park located along the shores of Lake Erie.

We have lots of great things planned for the 25th Anniversary of the Cleveland Race, including a team captain kick-off in May, exciting fundraising promotions and incentives, and a special 25th Anniversary t-shirt. Stay tuned to or email for more details on race day, volunteer opportunities, and team information.

The 6th Annual Akron Race for the Cure event will take place at Canal Park on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Registration and fundraising for the Akron Race also opens on April 1Stay tuned to  for more details!

Komen Northeast Ohio Tribute: John Kalbouridis

John K..jpg This past week, Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio lost a longtime volunteer, cancer advocate, and friend. John Kalbouridis began volunteering for the Cleveland Race for the Cure in 2011. John became involved with Komen Northeast Ohio through the Race team of Key Bank, where he worked for many years. In 2015, John became the co-chair of the Cleveland Race for the Cure and helped with planning, operations, setup, and day of Race activities. John loved his dogs, his family, and volunteering for causes near to his heart. John was hard working and extremely committed to Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio and our mission. He will be missed by us all.

It's Almost Time for Some March Madness!

Join the Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio Associate Council for their biggest event of the year, the 5th Annual Brackets for the Cure! Last year, the event raised over $10,000 to help fight breast cancer. This year we hope to raise even more!

First Prize: $1,000 Visa Gift Card
Second Prize: $250 Visa Gift Card
Third Prize: $100 Visa Gift Card

For each donation of $20, you can fill out a bracket for the College Basketball Tournament (unlimited entries, as long as you make the $20 donation per entry) and go head to head in the Komen NEO Bracketology game through CBS Sign ups will begin next week on Komen Northeast Ohio's website. Stay tuned to Komen Northeast Ohio's website and Facebook page for more information.

Don’t miss your chance to win big and join the fight for the cure!

Mission Spotlight 

Check a Box, Save a Life

Did you know Ohio taxpayers are able to donate a portion of their state income tax refund directly to Ohio’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP)? By checking the BCCP box on the Ohio tax return form, Ohio taxpayers have the power to save a life.  

Ohio’s BCCP, funded at the current levels, is only able to serve about five percent of the eligible women in Ohio. The BCCP Tax Check-Off enables the program to serve up to 1,700 additional women (an 11 percent increase) with lifesaving and cost-saving access to early detection, diagnostics, and treatment. 

Why check the box? Women in Ohio are dying from breast cancer at a higher rate than the rest of the country. Early detection is key to survival and saves money in the long run. At late stages of breast cancer, treatment can cost three times more than early stage treatment.

How does BCCP help? The program provides breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women in Ohio. BCCP is a critical and lifesaving safety net for the working poor in our state. 

What is the impact? More than 270,000 Ohio women are in need of BCCP services. In the 2014 and 2015 tax years, Ohio citizens contributed more than $169,000 to the program through the tax check-off, allowing thousands of additional, resource starved Ohio women entry into the program. 2016 amounts are unavailable at this time.

What you can do: Check the box on you state income tax return to donate a portion of your return to BCCP. You could save a life!

Registration Still Open for the 2018 Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference

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The Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference is designed to educate metastatic patients, breast cancer survivors, caregivers, and the general public on the ABCs of metastatic breast cancer. The Metastatic Conference features keynote presentations from Mary McGillicuddy of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Project and Komen Research Scholar Dr. Danny Welch of the University of Kansas, a panel of prestigious local oncologists, an interactive complementary therapy fair, vendor fair, and much more.

Click here to register, download a full conference agenda, and learn more about the 2018 Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference.

This event costs $10 to attend. For those who cannot afford this fee, please contact Gina at or (216) 292-2873 to receive a discount code. Registration closes on Monday, March 5.

Sponsor Spotlight

Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park

Hard Rock Logo Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio and the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park are entering the fourth year of our amazing partnership, and we would like to express our deepest gratitude to the management, staff, and patrons of the Rocksino for their generosity and support of our mission. 

Since the first Pinktober event in October 2015, the Rocksino has contributed more than $250,000 to the Northeast Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Mark Birtha, CEO of the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, is a dedicated member of Komen NEO’s Board of Directors. His leadership and charitability allow us to serve the most at-risk and vulnerable individuals in Northeast Ohio.  

The Rocksino has opened its doors and hosted multiple Komen Northeast Ohio events in its Club Velvet venue in addition to the financial contributions made to support our mission. On March 10, 2018, we will host “Rock for a Cause” - a charity concert of local bands to benefit Komen NEO at the Rocksino. Please join us for a night of great music to benefit those battling breast cancer and say thank you to Mark and his team at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park for all they do for survivors and breast cancer patients across our community.

Community & Partner Events

2018 Cleveland Auto Show

Heading to the upcoming Cleveland Auto Show? Be sure to check out the Komen Northeast Ohio booth in the Ford area to get resources and materials on breast health and breast cancer, register for Brackets for the Cure, and sign up to win some awesome raffle prizes! We will also be giving away Komen Northeast Ohio mugs and water bottles for a small donation.

The 2018 Auto Show will be at the Cleveland IX Center from Friday, February 23 until Sunday, March 4. Hours vary depending on the day. For more information on the Auto Show, including hours and ticket prices, please click here.


The Hard Rock Rocksino of Northfield Park, in collaboration with The Side FX Project, will host a charity concert to benefit Komen Northeast Ohio on Wednesday, March 28 at 7pm. Join us as we raise the roof (and a few dollars!) for breast cancer. The concert features local bands Witness Protection, Verve Daddy, and HereAfter. Doors to Club Velvet open at 6pm for VIPs and 6:30pm for general admission. This event will include auctions, raffles, cash bar, and more! Tickets are availble for sale here online.

VIP tickets include early entry to the event, 2 complimentary drink tickets, complimentary champagne, and a swag bag; VIP tickets cost $75 each. General admission tickets cost $25. For information on VIP ticket packages, please email Leslie Hurrell at Don’t miss out on seeing some amazing local bands to support the women of Northeast Ohio.

SmartWomen2018Logo.png Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio is proud to partner with Smart Business for their 2018 Smart Women Breakfast. The event will take place on April 26th, 2018 from 7:30am-10:30am at La Centre Conference & Banquet Facility in Westlake.

This event combines a live event and content — digital and print — to address today’s issues facing women in the workplace. At this event Smart Business will also recognize the achievements of leading businesswomen, inspiring male advocates and effective women’s programs during the Smart Women Awards. For more information on the event or to register to attend, please click here.

Did You Know?

Overall, breast cancer incidence among black women is lower than among white women. However, for women younger than 40, incidence is higher among black women than white women. Click here to learn what Susan G. Komen is doing to address breast cancer disparities in minority communities.

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center

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Does a Fast Breast MRI make sense for me?

The “Fast Breast MRI” is a 10-minute, self-pay examination that scientific studies have shown to be effective in finding invasive breast cancers. It is ideal for women with dense breast tissue who desire additional breast cancer screening but do not meet the criteria to qualify for a conventional breast MRI study based on their lifetime risk for breast cancer. The conventional breast MRI study (45 minutes) is intended for women with a higher risk for developing breast cancer, such as BRCA1/2 genetic mutations, etc. The Fast Breast MRI does not detect the spectrum of diseases that can be detected by the conventional breast MRI exam. As with any screening exam, additional non-cancerous lesions may also be detected that may require biopsy or additional follow-up.

What to Expect

The Fast Breast MRI requires an injection of contrast that is given through an IV. The study will be interpreted by a specially trained breast radiologist and the results will be sent to your doctor. You will need a doctor’s order for this exam. There is no radiation associated with this study.

Who Should Get this Procedure?

The Fast Breast MRI is a low cost, self-pay supplemental study for women with dense breast tissue who want a screening that is more sensitive to breast cancer than mammography. The Fast Breast MRI may detect cancers not visible on a mammogram but is not intended to replace mammography. Routine screening mammograms are still recommended.

To obtain more information or schedule an appointment, call 877-931-3697.

FAST MRI is only available at:

UH Cleveland Medical Center, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
UH Ahuja Medical Center, 3999 Richmond Road, Beachwood OH, 44122
UH Geauga Medical Center, 13207 Ravenna Road, Chardon, OH 44024
UH Portage Medical Center, 6847 N Chestnut Street, Ravenna, OH 44266
UH St. John Medical Center, 29000 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, OH 44145
UH Avon Health Center, 1997 Healthway Drive, Avon, OH 44011
UH Westlake Health Center, 960 Clague Road, Westlake, OH 44145

Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio®
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