Komen WNY Race for the Cure to Honor Longtime Volunteer, Breast Cancer Survivor

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Contact: Liz Kahn
Executive Director
(716) 389-1161
lkahn@komenupstateny.org

 

Komen WNY Race for the Cure to Honor

Longtime Volunteer, Breast Cancer Survivor

Grand Island Resident has worn something pink every day for 20 years

 

BUFFALO, NY (April 4, 2018) – Linda Gray, a longtime volunteer for Susan G. Komen and a breast cancer survivor, will be honored at the 2018 Western New York Race for the Cure on June 9 at Buffalo RiverWorks.

Gray, of Grand Island, will be the “2018 Race for the Cure Honoree” based on her dedication and hard work on behalf of Komen and her overall efforts to bring awareness and impact on the fight against breast cancer. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Komen Upstate New York.

In July 1998, Gray saw a reminder on WGRZ Channel 2 to do a breast self-examination. She discovered a lump and was diagnosed with breast cancer within weeks.

“After my surgery, the pathology report was rather dark, but God had other plans for my life,” she said. “On August 10, 2018, I will celebrate 20 years cancer free – a very long way from the 6 months to 2 years the doctors had predicted!”

In 2001, Gray attended Komen’s first Western New York Survivor Luncheon. “I left the event feeling so encouraged and uplifted, that I was able to resume feeling hopeful and good about myself when looking in the mirror,” said Gray.  “It was then the I decided to join the Komen organization.

“I wanted to share my blessing of receiving a second chance in life by sharing my story, educating women (and sometimes men) on the importance of taking charge of your life as well as taking care of yourself. Komen’s Speaker’s Bureau afforded me this opportunity. Now, as a member of the Board of Directors I still have the opportunity educate, fundraise and work toward a breast cancer-free world.”

Gray has made it a point to wear something pink every day since her diagnosis 20 years ago, whether it’s clothing or accessories. “Sometimes it’s only a piece of jewelry or a pin,” Gray said, “but it’s a humbling reminder to remain diligent in the fight.”

Executive Director Liz Kahn said Gray has been an enthusiastic and hard-working volunteer and fundraiser for Komen, and she has a great understanding of the importance of making an impact on her community.

“Linda is a force of nature!” Kahn said. “She is fantastic at leveraging her passion, her expertise, her knowledge and her relationships to help in this fight. Western New York has benefited a great deal from her hard work and dedication.”

As a 2017 Race for the Cure Honoree, Gray will lead the Survivor Procession and other Survivor activities at the Race, to be held on Saturday, June 9 at Buffalo RiverWorks.  Hundreds of Survivors attend the pre-race activities beginning at 7:30 a.m., which include a free breakfast courtesy of Wegmans, many giveaways, vendor booths, health screenings, and more.  The 5K run and walk, for an expected 3,000 participants, begins at 10 a.m.

Since 2001, Susan G. Komen Western New York® has donated more than $4.5 million to local breast health and breast cancer programs, with the majority of those dollars coming through the Race for the Cure. This will be the 18th Anniversary of the Race in Buffalo and the third at Buffalo RiverWorks.

Proceeds go toward funding life-saving programs in the region that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening, treatment and support programs – all aimed at under-served individuals; also, to the Komen National Research Grants Program.

For more information or to contact Linda Gray, please call the Komen office at 716-389-1161 or email Liz Kahn at lkahn@komenupstateny.org

 

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About Susan G. Komen® and Komen Upstate New York

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Upstate New York is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in upstate New York. Through events like the Komen Western New York Race for the Cure®, Komen Upstate NY has invested over $13 million in community breast health programs covering most of upstate New York and 3 counties in Pennsylvania and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in researchFor more information, call 716-389-1161 or visit KomenWNY.org