Archive for Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Komen on the Go makes stop at KU

Pink is a very popular color during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but one group is spreading the word that there's much more to it than just the color pink.

October 28, 2008


Pink is popular during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but one group is spreading the word that there's a lot more to it than the color.

The Susan G. Komen on the Go vehicle made a stop Monday morning in front of Kansas University's Kansas Union to inform students about detecting breast cancer and treatment options.

The mobile education center is interactive and features laptops that display informational videos.

"First you meet our founder, Nancy Brinker, who started Susan G. Komen," said Nick Blake, who is touring with the bus. "(The video tells) a little bit more about Komen as a whole, as well as our founding sponsor Val Skinner and how she got involved. Then you can have the option to choose from a couple different programs."

Topics include breast health, fundraising and contributions, and new outreach initiatives. Visitors could also sign a graffiti wall in support of breast cancer awareness.

The tour targets college campuses to alert both female and male students that it is never too early to start thinking about breast cancer and detection.

"A lot of people come through the trailer thinking that breast cancer is only for women - and only for women over 40 - and that's really kind of a taboo thought that we're trying to break down with this particular program, and just let people know that it really affects all of us," Blake said.

KU freshman Saphire Stockman, of Kansas City, Kan., said she comes from a family with a history of cancer. Watching the videos taught her about "the importance of women not having access to the right kind of health care, to prevent (cancer) and then also treating it," she said.

The Komen on the Go vehicle will stop in Oklahoma this week before ending the tour at the University of Texas at Arlington.


SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years ago

Tired of being confused with the facts, Confrontation? Can't respond to point?

royalpain 9 years ago

Too bad your mother took a wrong turn, STRS.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years ago

mom of three,It's awful because money is fungible. If Komen pays to keep the lights on at Planned Parenthood's abortion clinic/breast cancer screening center, it is still paying to keep the lights on at the abortion clinic. Once a contribution goes into a general fund, it is comingled.

mom_of_three 9 years ago

Komen is still a good foundation, and all the work they do to help prevent breast cancer. Not going to debate about it.

Confrontation 9 years ago

Looks at STRS being a fool, again. Komen funds breast health checkups through Planned Parenthood. Boobs, not abortions. Stop trying to spread your stupidity, especially since there are plenty of idiots who read your posts and just might believe you.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years ago

Komen funds Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is the largest abortionist in the nation. If you oppose abortion, Susan G. Komen is not worthy of your support. There are many, many more cancer-related charities out there that are far more deserving of your contribution.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years ago

The Komen-funding-abortion issue underscores the need for our government to discontinue its multi-million dollar annual subsidy of Planned Parenthood and its abortion clinics.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years ago

This whole discussion underscores why a supporter of a charity needs to be aware of and comfortable with ALL aspects of that charity's work. If you wouldn't write a check to Planned Parenthood, you shouldn't write a check to Susan G. Komen.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years ago

Money is fungible, confrontation. Look it up.Komen money pays for same Planned Parenthood receptionist that tells some women to turn left at the end of the hallway for their abortion and some to turn right for their breast exam.

mom_of_three 9 years ago

The money goes to help women with their health care needs. Would you rather no money go to it at all, and women who depend on those clinics and planned parenthood would then just go by the wayside? They do have health clinics at planned parenthood. It's more than just abortions. And who says the money goes to a general fund??

Confrontation 9 years ago

How many Planned Parenthoods have you been to, STRS? Do you get your annual exam there?

mom_of_three 9 years ago

The Komen foundation provides grants which helps Planned Parenthood help lower income women with prevention of breast cancer. Komen donates for a specific cause, and if lower income women visit planned parenthood, which they do for things OTHER than abortion, it would sense for those communities to get grants to help lower income women with other issues women face. Why is that so awful, STTR?

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