Other community leaders -- including Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, Dr. Hilary Ratner, vice president for research at Wayne State University and others -- spoke about their organizations' efforts to close the gaps in breast cancer mortality. Breast cancer survivors and advocates called on policymakers to support increased funding for early detection programs, cancer research, and patient navigator services that help women get past barriers to care.
A silent auction to benefit national and local breast cancer research preceded the forum. Auction items included a Kelly Clarkston signed guitar; a 2008 Detroit Race for the Cure package; an autographed basketball by Chauncey Billups; an autographed jersey by Tayshaun Prince; Detroit Tigers' pink package; a Bailey, Banks & Biddle bracelet; a Komen Pink Basket; and Detroit Symphony Orchestra ticket package. A limited edition 2008 Warriors in Pink Ford Mustang was on display, and the Warriors in Pink drummers performed.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is marking its 25th anniversary year by ratcheting up the fight against breast cancer and taking its special brand of pink ribbon activism on the road. The Komen Community Challenge is a 25-city tour with a powerful grassroots campaign to reach tens of thousands of people through community rallies and forums, awareness events, town hall meetings and state lobby days. Its purpose is to rally people together to close the gaps in research, policy and heath care so that every woman has access to breast cancer screening, early detection and quality care.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would
do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that
promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast
cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest
grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to
save lives, emp
|SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure|
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