YW was developed to help Komen for the Cure address breast health and breast cancer issues that impact women younger than age 39. Breast cancer is generally associated with getting older and many people do not realize that the disease can affect women in their teens and 20s. In addition, the advisory council was formed to help Komen reach, attract and engage young women in the fight against breast cancer.
The council works with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to address issues related to breast health and breast cancer in young women. YW will be instrumental in helping Komen find ways to decrease breast cancer incidence and mortality trends among younger women. In addition, the advisors will offer guidance to Komen staff and Komen Affiliates on how to reach, attract and engage young women in all business areas of the organization.
Advisory council members, who are selected on the basis of nominations and come from all over the nation, help Komen plan strategies to decrease disparities in breast cancer mortality rates in specific population groups, and increase engagement in the fight against breast cancer. Members serve for a period of three years.
Providing breast health information to younger women
"While breast cancer is thought to be a disease that develops primarily in older women, younger women can and do get it, and when they do, it is often very aggressive. Our Young Women's National Advisory Council will be very helpful to Komen in helping us to find new and exciting ways to engage with younger women, providing them with breast health and breast cancer information that is relevant to them and where they are in their lives," said Susan Carter, Komen's senior advisor, office of the president, who serves as facilitator for the organization's advisory councils.
News: Young Women's Advisory Council Member Recognizes Best Friend for Co-Survivorship on "Live with Regis and Kelly."Bridget Mooney, on the Young Women's Advisory council, submitted her best friend, Caitlin, for a makeover from Live with Regis and Kelly in order to express her gratitude for the exceptional support as co-survivor. Bridget says Caitlin took her for manicures and beach trips when other friends didn't know what to do. Caitlin started a Komen NYC Race for the Cure team this year in Bridget's name, and the members raised $20,000. For all her support, Caitlin was chosen by Regis and Kelly for a "Thanks-for-Giving" Makeover. The big reveal will air on Wednesday, November 21. Check online for local listings and watch an example of some Komen girls in action!
Council Chairperson: Lindsay Avner, BA
Council Members: Dikla Benzeevi, BSNikia A. Hammonds-Blakely, MBADavina HerediaSamantha KnoxBridget MooneySarah Eisenstein Stumbar, BSMegan SussmanElissa Thorner-Bantug, MHSTarsha Jones, RN, BSN
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