From left to right: Peggy Suggs,board president, and Cindy Nick,volunteer, at the Tyler AffiliateBrand Roll Out party in January 2007
The Tyler Affiliate was founded on a promise similar to the one between Nancy and Susan. Anne Owens had a good friend who was dying of breast cancer and asked Anne to try to do something about this disease. Anne had been to the Komen Fort Worth Race for the Cure® and decided to contact Susan G. Komen for the Cure regarding the possibility of Tyler having an Affiliate. At the same time, Freda Harder, a teacher at one of the Tyler high schools, was diagnosed with breast cancer, and in trying to gain more information about the disease, also contacted Komen. This was the beginning of the start of the Tyler Affiliate.
Founded in 1999, we heldour first Race on May 8, 1999, on the brick streets of the beautiful andhistoric Azalea district. At first we worked out of garages andbacks of cars, and during Race week, borrowed conference rooms. In 2003, a breast cancer survivor and her husband gave us office space with free rent and utilities. After a little remodeling, painting and furnishing, we now have a great space with a conference room, office, storage area and front lobby/office.
Komen Tyler Race for the Curewas held on Mother's Day weekendin the beautiful downtown historicAzalea district of Tyler. The raceincluded over 5,300 participantsand 300 volunteers.
This year we also participated with the Gladewater Rodeo Association in a Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night. Rodeo attendance on Pink Night increased by more than 40 percent, and it was great fun. Other money-raising activities include a roping contest that benefits our Affiliate as well as bowling and golf.