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April Volunteer of the Month: Megan Montville

Megan and her mom.

Megan and her mom.

We are so proud to have Megan Montville as April’s Volunteer of the Month. This amazing young woman has turned the devastating loss of her mother to breast cancer into a legacy that her mom would surely be proud of.

She’s a delight to have in the office and greets all the visitors – even the UPS delivery man – with a smile.

“Megan has been an outstanding intern. From answering messages and emails to reaching out to day care centers and athletic stores for Race participation, in her short time here she has nearly done it all,” said Becca Thomas, director of events at Komen Columbus, “Her energy and dedication to the cause and her passion to truly make a difference not only in her future career, but in her time volunteering is inspiring.”

Megan shares with us, in her own words, why she enjoys volunteering with Komen Columbus.

What (or whom) inspired you to get involved with Komen Columbus?
My mom brought me along to volunteer for Komen Northeast Ohio for the first time in 2003 when she was battling breast cancer for the second time. I continued to volunteer alongside her for the next 10 years at the Northeast Ohio location and grew up having a passion for this organization. When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer for the fourth time in 2013, I knew I wanted to get even more involved with Komen. After my mom passed away in 2014, I wanted to continue her amazing legacy so I decided to run in memory of her in the Komen Columbus Race for the first time.

What’s your favorite part about volunteering with Komen Columbus?
In January 2015, I was given the amazing opportunity to intern for Komen Columbus. I talk to so many people every week who have the same passion as I do, which makes interning a complete joy. If I had to pick my favorite part about volunteering with Komen Columbus, it would be knowing that I’m making a difference for the largest Race for the Cure in the country!

What is the most memorable moment or event you’ve experienced with Komen Columbus? And why?
The most memorable event I have with Komen Columbus was at the 2014 Race. It was only a few months after my mom had just lost her battle to breast cancer. There were 35,000 Race participants surrounding me and we were all there for the same purpose. I had so many people I didn’t know come up and hug me and give me the greatest support. I was overwhelmed by the love and passion I saw that day and my eyes were opened to how many lives breast cancer effects.

When you’re not volunteering for Komen Columbus, what do you like to do?
When I’m not volunteering for Komen Columbus, I like to run, visit my family, and watch Netflix!

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Nominations Open for Most Courageous Survivor Mom Contest

“She was unstoppable. Not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them.”

The fight against breast cancer is not an easy one, and being a mother while on the road to recovery can make it that much more difficult.

MCSM-NBC4-logoTo honor the inspirational moms who manage to do it all, Susan G. Komen Columbus and NBC4 have teamed up to kick-off the Fifth Annual Most Courageous Survivor Mom contest. We would like to honor one survivor mom who is currently battling or has recently completed treatment for breast cancer with a day of pampering! We will announce with winner week before Mother’s Day.

“This is about celebrating all of the brave mothers in Central Ohio who have faced breast cancer,” said NBC4 News Anchor Ellie Merritt, “Everyone diagnosed with this disease faces challenges, but we want to take the time before Mother’s Day to honor the moms who do so much for their families while trying to tackle breast cancer.  A mother’s love, strength and spirit is something worth celebrating.”

Nominations will be taken from Monday, April 6 through Wednesday, April 22. The winner will be announced the week of May 4.

To nominate a special mom, you can submit a 300 word essay to info@komencolumbus.org with the subject line, “Courageous Survivor Mom Entry”. In the essay please share a little information about your nominee – how long has she been a survivor, how many children she has, how long she has been battling breast cancer or any other information about why she should be awarded Most Courageous Survivor Mom. Please include the name and contact information of the mom you are nominating along with your own contact information. Lastly, please attach one or two pictures of the inspirational women you are nominating!

The winner will receive the following prizes:

Fine Print:

  • Past winners are not eligible to be nominated for this contest.
  • Past nominees can be nominated again.
  • Susan G. Komen Columbus Board members, staff and NBC4 employees are not eligible.
  • Each winner is solely responsible for paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s) and paying any expenses associated with any prize(s).
  • Winners must make arrangements to pick up their prize(s) from the Komen Columbus office within 7 business days from the official announcement.
  • Affiliate sets all contest rules and is solely responsible for interpretation and application of the rules.
  • Winners may have the opportunity participate in media interviews (including, TV, Radio, Print and Social Media) and agree to have their pictures &/or video taken and shared on our social media channels.

My first Race as a Survivor

We can hardly believe that the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure 2015 is less than two months away!

We are thrilled to highlight, Catriona Hay, as one of the FIRST people to sign up for this year’s race! Catriona shares in her own words about what she is looking forward to about race day:

IMG_3794How did you first get involved with Komen Columbus?

This is my first year with Komen Columbus and the Columbus Race for the Cure. I decided to jump right in and get involved. I am on the Race Committee overseeing Kids for the Cure. I have a 7-year-old son so I felt that Kids for the Cure was a natural fit for me.

I got involved because on May 14, 2014 I was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer. Since being diagnosed, I’ve really felt a pull to get involved in the breast cancer community and I knew that Komen Columbus would be great way to become a part of that community.

What are you looking forward to most about this year’s race?

I’m most excited to complete this year’s race for the first time as a survivor! I was officially declared free of cancer after a bilateral mastectomy on November 17, 2014. Completing this race will mean a lot to me.

I did a small local race in October  and had a team of 32 people, but I am hoping to have an even larger turnout for the Race for the Cure! We call ourselves Catriona’s Cancer Army and we will be wearing our grey and pink shirts. We can’t wait to see everyone on May 16!

Join Catriona at the Race and register today.

Calling all Weekly Warriors!

Ready to see pink capes flying in the wind at the Race again? The Weekly Warrior program is back for its second year at Susan G. Komen Columbus and we’re eager to see who will win the eight coveted capes!WeeklyWarriors_2

The Race for the Cure participant who raises the most money from Monday to Friday of each of the next eight weeks leading up until the Race will win the title of that week’s Weekly Warrior.

Each week’s Warrior will receive:

  1. A visit to your office or home (if you allow it) to award you with a Komen Columbus prize pack and the official Weekly Warrior outfit.
  2. Your name entered to win the grand prize of a $200 gift card to Easton Town Center. (Your odds are good here – there will only be a total of 8 people eligible for this prize!)

In addition, we will share the good news of your recent crowning as Weekly Warrior on our social media channels and newsletter.

Here are the rules and other important information to help you:

1. To be considered for the Weekly Warrior competition, all fundraising dollars must be confirmed online or dropped off to the Komen Columbus office by 4PM Friday of each week.

2. The winner will be announced the following Monday on our Facebook page.

3. You can only be named a Weekly Warrior once during the weeks prior to the Race *staff and board member
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Get started today! Register, log on to your participant center and start sending those fundraising messages.
Prefer to use your mobile device to fundraise? Search “SGK Fundraise” from the App Store or Google Play.

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March Volunteer of the Month: Lindsey Lange

Lindsey Lange (right) and friend, Kori Alexander, take a moment during the 2010 Race for the Cure for a quick selfie.

Lindsey Lange (right) and friend, Kori Alexander, take a moment during the 2010 Race for the Cure for a quick selfie.

We are so happy to announce that Lindsey Lange is our March Volunteer of the Month!

For the past five years, Lindsey has been very instrumental in rallying her Bank of America associates to  help with our team t-shirt packing.

“This is one of the biggest volunteer projects before the Race,” said Natalie Guagenti, Director of Volunteers at Komen Columbus, “Bank of America provides a team of 50 volunteers every year and they pack nearly 30,000 team Race shirts. Lindsey leads the charge and we are very grateful for it.”

Lindsey shares with us, in her own words, why she enjoys volunteering with Komen Columbus.

What (or whom) inspired you to get involved with Komen Columbus?
Several people – Jamine Kozar (Waggle), Jennifer Locke, Teri Fancelli – I am a daughter, sister, aunt and mom. I have been lucky to not have (breast cancer) in my family, and I would like to keep it that way – I want an end to breast cancer.

What’s your favorite part about volunteering with Komen Columbus?
It is fun! The people I get to work with and meet are amazing! Knowing I am doing something I enjoy and it is actually benefitting others makes it even more worthwhile.

What is the most memorable moment or event you’ve experienced with Komen Columbus? And why?
I love the race – seeing the supporters, the survivors, the passion that can be put into something is amazing. I have never had a hobby – so this is cool that I can give focus, energy and passion to something and see the good that comes out.

When you’re not volunteering for Komen Columbus, what do you like to do?
Being a mom! I have a love of being mommy. I have three kids, all who are their own personalities. They keep me busy and it’s so rewarding. I love my girl time too with my girlfriends.

February Volunteer of the Month: Sue Ringler

We are happy to announce that Sue Ringler is our February Volunteer of the Month!

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Sue is pictured with her new rescue, Ernie. She hopes to train Ernie to become a therapy dog.

Sue is no stranger to Susan G. Komen Columbus or the Race for the Cure. She’s been attending the Race for the last 10 years and recently decided she wanted to become a Komen Ambassador to educate people in our community on the resources Komen Columbus offers. We are very fortunate to have volunteers like Sue who realize that in order to beat breast cancer we need to attack this disease on all fronts.

“Sue has such a passion for our cause and we are so happy to have her helping to share our mission int eh community,” said Natalie Guagenti, Director of Volunteers at Komen Columbus.

Sue shares with us, in her own words, why she enjoys volunteering with Komen Columbus.

What (or whom) inspired you to get involved with Komen Columbus?

I began volunteering with Komen Columbus before I knew anyone who had been diagnosed with breast cancer.  I participated in my first Race for the Cure in 2008 and when I saw the sea of people walking together for a single common cause, I was overwhelmed.  I began to volunteer for several Race registration shifts the next year and I have never stopped.  I have since joined the education committee and become a Komen Ambassador.

What’s your favorite part about volunteering with Komen Columbus?

Educating just 1 person at a health fair about breast cancer and all the options that Komen Columbus is able to offer can be truly rewarding.  However, sitting at the Race registration table with people who have already committed to participating and being able to listen to their experiences, joys and determinations is, by far, the reason that I continue to volunteer with Komen Columbus.

What is the most memorable moment or event you’ve experienced with Komen Columbus? And why?

The Race for the Cure – any year – walking amongst so many people who have come together for just 1 reason: survivors in their pink apparel; those openly paying tribute to someone; those with pictures streaming down their backs; those on their motorcycles; and those who simply care enough to show their support for and participate in this incredible event, never fails to bring tears to my eyes.

When you’re not volunteering for Komen Columbus, what do you like to do?

Although I work part-time, I always make sure that I am available to deliver Meals on Wheels every 2 weeks.  In Spring, I can usually be found in my garden.  Since my new dog’s job appears to be walking, I generally log several miles a day —just like the mail-person  ‘ Neither snow nor rain…’.

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