The MORE THAN PINK Walk®: Transforming Awareness into Action

The MORE THAN PINK Walk®: Transforming Awareness into Action

It’s always personal and always powerful—an inspirational moment of resilience and perseverance. The Orange County MORE THAN Pink Walk® (formerly the Race for the Cure®) traditionally brings together thousands of breast cancer survivors, metastatic thrivers, and allies to Newport Beach in unison in the fight against disease (watch the video from last year’s event). But this year, things will be different.

Starting September 21, for the first time, the MORE THAN PINK Walk® will be a FREE virtual week-long “walk-where-you-are” experience (MORE THAN PINK Week) that rallies the community in the digital space while also raising vital funds for breast cancer research and patient resource development.

Register online for FREE to receive exclusive communications, access to digital programs, fundraising tools, and more! Plus, get a FREE special edition Komen face mask while supplies last!

The fight against breast cancer is not cancelled and while the COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges, our community remains committed to the cause.

WHY WALK?

In 2020, about 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and 2,620 cases will be diagnosed in men in the U.S. Plus, every day in Orange County, FIVE women are diagnosed with breast cancer and ONE WOMAN dies from the disease. This is unacceptable, and THIS IS WHY WE WALK.

Komen Orange County empowers breast cancer patients & caregivers with personalized information; improves access to high-quality health support; advocates for strong public policy; and funds innovative disease research.

The MORE THAN PINK Walk® serves two very important purposes – it is an important fundraiser that fuels Komen’s breast cancer research and patient support efforts, and it provides all those touched by breast cancer a sense of being a part of a large compassionate community committed to making a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

Komen knows we can all preserve the sense of community through this new virtual fundraising walk, even though we will be walking where we are.

The added benefit of this new virtual experience is that people who previously couldn’t attend in-person due to their health or scheduling conflicts, will now be able to participate and be a part of this community of hope.

By participating in the virtual Orange County MORE THAN PINK Walk®, you are sharing your commitment to become an ally for women, men, and families in your community impacted by breast cancer.

BENEFITS OF REGISTERING FOR THE VIRTUAL WALK:

  • Receive a FREE Komen Face Mask while supplies last
  • Start a team! Team Captains receive a FREE yard sign
  • Access important updates, fundraising tools, & digital programs
  • Opportunity/eligibility for exclusive Rewards
  • Fundraise $100+ to receive a FREE commemorative “Walk 2020” t-shirt
  • Identify as a breast cancer survivor or living with metastatic breast cancer to receive a FREE “I AM MORE” t-shirt

HOW IS KOMEN MORE THAN PINK?

Pink is powerful—if not globally recognized as the signature color for breast cancer awareness and a community of sisterhood.  Still, the work of Komen goes beyond the power pink—we are committed to the fight against breast cancer by investing in innovative research, patient care initiatives, community resources, and breast health policy. These four pillars of focus fuel our mission and our goal to end breast cancer for good.

Research provides new hope through lifesaving discoveries. To date, Susan G. Komen supporters nation-wide have helped raise more than $2.3 billion to help fund research, education, screening and treatment. Further, 56% of Komen’s research funding goes toward more effective treatments for those living with metastatic breast cancer. And in the last 12 years, we’ve invested an average of 80 cents or more of every dollar raised in mission programs, such as research, local access to care and screening services, financial assistance and support programs.

Care is our way of ensuring that all have access to quality screenings, diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. Susan G. Komen helps communities address gaps in care. We work to increase access to screening, diagnosis and treatment. In 2019, Susan G. Komen provided 442 community health projects for free or low-cost screening services. And we provide access to transportation, childcare and more so those living with breast cancer can focus on treatment.

Community is about providing support for everyone, no matter where you are in your breast cancer journey. Community is a safe place to share, grieve, support and find the strength keep going. We create opportunities for Komen supporters to share their passion for the movement and compassion for each other. We support survivors, caregivers and those living with metastatic breast cancer. Last year, Susan G. Komen affiliates nation-wide secured 235 community grants that helped provide patient transportation.

Action through advocacy means we fight for government funding and critical patient support and research. We fight for the rights of patients among policymakers and compassionate care for everyone by advocating for more research funding and protections for patients. We educate healthcare providers, policymakers, opinion leaders and the public on the burden of breast cancer. And we empower patients and the public to take charge of their breast health. At our most recent Advocacy Lobby Day, we took 412 congressional meetings.

There’s still time to register for FREE to the virtual MORE THAN PINK Walk and join Komen Orange County the fight to end breast cancer. Plus, be a part of the conversation online and #WalkWhereYouAreOC with @komenoc on Instagram, facebook, and twitter.