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Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Community Leaders, Breast Cancer Survivors and Activists to Gather at Forum and Call for Action on Breast Cancer

Komen Detroit Race for the Cure to Join Nationwide Campaign Challenging

U.S. to Close the Gaps in Breast Cancer Care, Survival

DETROIT, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 23 and 25, Komen Detroit Race for the Cure will host events to launch Metro Detroit's participation in the Komen Community Challenge. The Detroit Community Challenge events mark the twelfth stop of the 25-city campaign to elevate breast cancer on the national agenda and to draw attention to disparities in breast cancer mortality.


On October 23, physicians and executives from five of metro Detroit's top hospitals, breast cancer survivors and elected officials will come together for a Community Forum at the Max M. Fisher Center to discuss strategies for addressing high mortality rates in Wayne County and disparities that prevent low-income women from receiving quality care. Earlier that day, the Komen On the Go(TM) community education vehicle will be at University of Michigan - Dearborn, where volunteers will answer questions and offer information about breast health. On October 25, Komen On the Go(TM) will be at Wayne State University.

Nationwide, one in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. Many Americans -- racial and ethnic minorities, low income women and those with little or no health insurance -- are less likely to receive quality cancer care and are more likely to die from the disease.

Tuesday, October 23, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

WHAT: 'Close the Gap' Community Forum. Reception with silent auction

followed by discussion and interactive community forum.

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

Kimberly Simpson, Chief Operating Officer, Susan G. Komen for the


Dr. John C. Ruckdeschel, President & CEO, Barbara Ann Karmanos

Cancer Institute

Michael E. Duggan, President & CEO, Detroit Medical Center

Dr. Joseph Anderson, Josephine Ford Cancer Center Specialist,

Henry Ford Health System

Elliot Joseph, President & CEO, St. John Health

Dr. Sophia Roumanis, Medical Director for Breast Care Services,

The Center for Women's Health at Oakwood Healthcare System

Detroit Chief of Police Ella Bully Cummings

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano

Crystal Greene, Ford Motor Company

Nikia Hammonds-Blakely, breast cancer survivor and Ambassador,

Circle of Promise

Detroit Pistons family members

WHERE: Max M. Fisher Center

3711 Woodward, Detroit MI 48201

Tuesday, October 23, 9:00am - 3:00pm

WHAT: Komen On the Go(TM) Community Visit - Komen On the Go(TM) is a

hands-on learning experience featuring a pink trailer/

interactive learning center, complete with computer kiosks,

breast cancer educational materials, breast self-examination

(BSE) guides, information on how to volunteer locally, and tips

on how to be an effective co-survivor.

WHERE: University of Michigan - Dearborn; Behind the University Center

4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, Michigan 48128

WHO: Maureen Keenan Meldrum, Chair, Komen Detroit Race for the Cure

Breast cancer survivors and health care advocates

Thursday, October 25, 9:00am - 3:00pm

WHAT: Komen On the Go(TM) Community Visit

WHERE: Wayne State University, Gullen Mall

42 W. Warren, Detroit, MI 48202

WHO: Maureen Keenan Meldrum

Mary P. White, MSN, APRN, BC, Wayne State

SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure
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