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California Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Convene Celebrities, Breast Cancer Survivors and Activists to Challenge Elected Officials to Strengthen Breast Cancer Services

California to Join Nationwide Campaign Challenging U.S. to Close the Gaps

in Breast Cancer Care, Survival

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 17 and 18, hundreds of activists from seven California Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will host a series of events to launch California's participation in the Komen Community Challenge, a nationwide tour to close the gaps in breast cancer care that cause some women to die of the disease more than others.


Activists, celebrities, breast cancer survivors and elected officials will participate in several events designed to engage communities around the state in advocating for legislation that will provide increased funding and expanded coverage for the California Department of Health Service's respected Every Woman Counts Program, which provides screening and treatment for uninsured women.

Nationwide, one in eight women will get breast cancer in their lifetime. In 2007 more than 19,000 California women were diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 4,000 died from the disease. Low-income and under-insured women are more likely to die from the disease, whereas those with access to early diagnosis have a 98 percent chance for survival.

Event and Media Availability Details

WHEN: Thursday, January 17

5:30 PM Pink Capitol Lighting

6:15 PM Rally and Concert

WHAT: "Close the Gap" Pink Capitol Lighting, Rally and Concert

WHO: Speakers at State Capitol:

Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-46)

Assembly Member Patty Berg (D-01), Women's Caucus Chair

Assembly Member Roger Niello (R-05)

Hala Moddelmog, President and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Ricardo Chavira of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" who lost his

mother to breast cancer

Donna Sanderson, Executive Director of the Komen Sacramento


Deborah Catanese, breast cancer survivor

Speakers and Entertainers at Crest Theater Rally and Concert

Rene Syler, author, TV personality, breast cancer advocate and

Sacramento native

Edna Campbell, former guard for the Sacramento Monarchs and breast

cancer survivor

Dwight Randle, Ph.D., Senior Scientific Advisor for Susan G. Komen

for the Cure

Recording artists Mattie Mills and Eve Sellis

Singer/songwriter Chris Martinez

Comedian and breast cancer survivor Cheryl August

Gospel Artist Sista O and D'Vine Praize

WHERE: State Capitol West Steps. Komen will light the State Capitol in a

pink glow, and then activists will walk to the Crest Theatre for

the rally and concert.

(Note: On Thursday afternoon, Komen representatives will participate in closed-press legislative office visits to lobby individual members of the Assembly and State Senate on the specifics of the legislation being pushed by the California Komen Community Challenge.)

WHEN: Friday, January 18

8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

WHAT: Policy Symposium: "State of Breast Health in California"

WHO: Edie Lambert of KCRA Channel 3 Sacramento (NBC) (Emcee)

Rene Syler, author, TV personality, breast cancer advocate and

Sacramento native

Donna Sanderson, Executive Director of the Komen Sacramento


Dwight Randle, Ph.D., Senior Scientific Advisor for Susan G. Komen

for the Cure

Diane Balma, Vice President of Public Policy for Susan G. Komen

for the Cure

Health experts, physicians, breast cancer survivors and advocates

WHERE: Sheraton Grand, Sacramento

The Magnolia Room

In addition to the January 17 and 18 events in Sacramento, six other Komen for the Cure Affiliate communities across the state of California are planning or will have held "pink lighting" activities in their own areas. Those communities include: Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego, the Inland Empire, Orange County and San Francisco. Dates for each lighting will be announced separately. Additionally, each of the Komen Affiliate communities will be sending representatives to Sacramento for the two-day California Community Challenge events.

SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure
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