Susan G. Komen® Upstate New York Reschedules 2020 MORE THAN PINK Walk for September 5th
20th Anniversary Signature Event Rescheduled during COVID-19 Pandemic
BUFFALO, NY | MARCH 26, 2020 – Susan G. Komen Upstate New York has rescheduled their annual Western New York MORE THAN PINK Walk amid health concerns around COVID-19. The original date of June 13, 2020 has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 5, 2020. The event will remain at Buffalo RiverWorks.
“The decision to reschedule to fall was not made lightly,” remarked Andrea Moran, Executive Director for Komen Upstate New York. “The health and wellness of those we serve is always our top priority. We know several of the walkers that join us that day are going through or have just finished treatment for breast cancer. Many have compromised immune systems and are at a higher risk of health concerns.”
The MORE THAN PINK Walk is Western New York’s largest event devoted to ending breast cancer, and draws 2,500 participants, volunteers, and supporters. In 2019, over 240 breast cancer patients and survivors participated in the event.
Funds raised support programs that advance Komen’s BOLD GOAL: to reduce breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by 2026. Locally, that includes support for screenings & diagnostic programs, as well as education and barrier reduction initiatives for those who are currently receiving treatment. Additionally, a portion of funds raised advance breakthrough research for breast cancer; currently nearly 70% of research within Komen’s portfolio is addressing Metastatic, or stage IV, breast cancer, for which there is no cure.
“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and there are a significant number of underinsured women in our region. That’s why Komen’s community investments are critical to the health and welfare of those we love,” stated Colleen Nossavage, MORE THAN PINK Walk Chair and Komen Upstate New York Board Member.
“Our event day is special – it’s a day where we come together to cherish, honor and remember those who have been affected by breast cancer. It’s also a day where we celebrate the work we are doing as a community to fight this disease – and we won’t stop until a cure is found. We’re grateful our sponsors, team captains and survivors are with us in this fight. They understand that it’s best for us to reschedule our event to September during these special circumstances,” concluded Nossavage.
The 2020 Western New York MORE THAN PINK Walk marks the 20th Anniversary of Susan G. Komen’s ® signature event within the city of Buffalo. The event is presented by Wegmans and WGRZ Ch. 2 along with Roswell Park Comprehensive Care Center, GEICO, Your CBD Store, Windsong Breast Care and Niacet Corporation. For a full list of sponsors, and for additional event details for the rescheduled date of September 5, 2020, visit www.komenupstateny.org/wnywalk.
About Susan G. Komen® & Komen Upstate New York
Susan G. Komen Upstate New York supports the Komen Mission: To save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. With offices in Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, and Elmira, Komen Upstate New York is the resource for breast cancer and breast health needs across a 49-county service area, including three counties in Pennsylvania. Beyond our contribution to national research efforts, our Affiliate funds vital patient care programs, community-based screening initiatives and advocacy for patient rights, for both men and women, affected by breast cancer.
Susan G. Komen® is the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer organization, working to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Komen has an unmatched, comprehensive 360-degree approach to fighting this disease across all fronts and supporting millions of people in the U.S. and in countries worldwide. We advocate for patients, drive research breakthroughs, improve access to high-quality care, offer direct patient support and empower people with trustworthy information. Born out of a promise between two sisters, Susan G. Komen remains committed to supporting those affected by breast cancer today, while tirelessly searching for tomorrow’s cures.