PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The More Than Pink Walk is going virtual this year, and that means you can participate from anywhere.
The event will take place on August 23 as thousands walk, run, hike or bike to celebrate local breast cancer survivors and forever fighters.
Susan G Komen of Oregon and Southwest Washington helps women in our community with screening, gas, food and lodging for treatment. They’re also paving the way for critical immunotherapy research.
Providence Cancer Institute Oncologist Dr. Kristina Young is currently working on a research program to stop breast cancer’s ability to hide from the immune system.
“One thing we’re researching is if we can take out a patient’s immune cells from their tumor and make them resistant to one of those pathways by sort of reengineering them and growing them up in culture and then reinfusing them back into the patient if that is going to be an effective way to sort of reactive those immune cells against the patients own tumor,” Young said.
Young is a physician scientist and was one of the 2019 recipients of a National Komen Research Grant.
“Without the funding of the Komen foundation, we wouldn’t be able to do the research that we’re doing currently,” she said.
Komen celebrates four pillars of work the foundation does: Research, Action, Community and Care. Janet Long is one of the women taking action this year.
“By us walking we’re helping to raise money that will enable people to go out and help these women to get those services, because we can’t help everyone,” Long said.
“It’s not just for us, it’s for someone else, walking can save someone’s life.”
Executive board member Kelly L. Michael says the walk is a good reminder to take care of yourself.
“Be proactive and not reactive with your healthcare, and that’s for not just women, for men as well because men can get breast cancer as well and so it’s important for us all to take care of our bodies,” Michael said.
Support from you stays right here in our community, helping those who are undergoing breast cancer treatment right now.
“Since the pandemic struck we’ve seen the need double in the community for patients who have financial hardships actually getting to their chemo therapy, their radiation, surgeries, doctor visits,” Susan G Komen Oregon & SW Washington CEO Andrew Asato said.