In 2006, the Affiliate hired its first executive director, Christy Southard. Together with the Affiliate's board of directors and hundreds of volunteers, Southard passionately pursues Komen's vision for a world without breast cancer.
Many strides have been made and many doors opened throughout the process of writing the bill and getting it to the floor. The relationships forged during this time with both legislators and other local breast cancer organizations have elevated the focus on breast cancer screening, education and treatment in Oklahoma.
Komen Race for the CureIn 2007, the Tulsa Affiliate held its 11th Annual Race for the Cure. More than 9,400 walkers and runners, including 133 teams, participated in the Tulsa Race — a 33-percent increase over the previous year. More than $600,000 was raised for breast cancer screening, education and treatment programs in Tulsa.
Chefs for the CureEach year, the Tulsa Affiliate partners with Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) for a deliciously stylish event known as Chefs for the Cure. Area chefs prepare their best recipes as attendees visit each chef's table to taste the fare, all while enjoying live music and the company of others fighting to end breast cancer. The event, coordinated and hosted by CTCA, also doubles as the Race kick-off party. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Tulsa Affiliate.
Hats Off to MomFor the past three years, the Tulsa Drillers have tipped their hats to moms and the fight against breast cancer by distributing pink baseball caps to every mom attending the Mother's Day game. The players wear pink jerseys, which are signed and auctioned during the game. Proceeds benefit the Tulsa Affiliate.