Susan G. Komen Foundation Fights Cancer

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Karen Edmondson, executive director of the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Chattanooga Region, addressed the Kiwanis Club of Dalton this week. From left: Kiwanis President Scott Allen, cancer survivor Lynn Hutchison, Ms. Edmondson, cancer survivor Joan Teems, and Komen Mission Director Anita Stewart.
Karen Edmondson, executive director of the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Chattanooga Region, addressed the Kiwanis Club of Dalton this week. From left: Kiwanis President Scott Allen, cancer survivor Lynn Hutchison, Ms. Edmondson, cancer survivor Joan Teems, and Komen Mission Director Anita Stewart.

Research made possible by the Susan G. Komen Foundation helps to fight all types of cancer.  Karen Edmondson, executive director of the group’s southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia office, told members of the Kiwanis Club Monday that her organization is the largest contributor to cancer research outside of the government.

Komen’s largest emphasis over the years has been on breast cancer. The best known fundraiser for the group is the annual “Komen Race For The Cure.”  

The race is the second largest event in Chattanooga behind the annual Riverbend Festival.  It will be held this year on Sept. 29.

The Chattanooga office covers 10 counties in Tennessee and six in Georgia.  Ms. Edmondson said there will be 5,000 new cases of breast cancer in Tennessee this year and 6,900 in Georgia.

The Kiwanians were told that Whitfield and Murray County have higher than average cases of stage three and stage four breast cancer with a survival rate of about 23 percent. She said survival rates for stage one and stage two breast cancer is 98 percent. 

“Most women know to have a yearly mammogram,” Ms. Edmondson said. “A lot of people don’t know where to go or how to pay for it if they have no insurance or if they are under insured.”

“Seventy-five percent of money raised by Komen goes back into the community for treatment, screening, and education,” said Ms. Edmondson. “Twenty-five percent goes to research, including $3.9 million for the Chattanooga region since 2000.”




Chattanooga Room In The Inn Gets A New Kitchen And New Look

Chattanooga Room in the Inn, a residential facility for homeless women and children, is chosen as a beneficiary in Karndean Designflooring’s 40 Good Floors for 40 Good Causes Campaign.  Rhonda Gay with Chattanooga Flooring Center nominated the non-profit agency.  At the same time, the Women’s Group of Christ United Methodist Church, under the direction of interior designer, ... (click for more)

12th Annual Minority Health Fair Is Aug. 16

In August 2002, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. partnered with the 28th Community Development Corporation to focus on men’s health issues by providing a free health fair – Hamilton County Minority Health Fair. The primary focus was geared toward prostate exams, blood pressure and other educational services for men. In 2004, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, ... (click for more)

Plan Proposed For Lookout Mountain, Ga., Homeowners To Pay $10 Per Month For 8 Years For Sewer Upgrades

Lookout Mountain, Ga., officials are proposing a $10 per month charge for each homeowner for eight years to pay for sewer upgrades. The town's sewer system, that was installed 15 years ago, works with the help of grinder pumps at each of the 605 houses in the town. The life expectancy of this equipment is 20 years and the need for replacements has already begun. City Manager ... (click for more)

PAST Act On Horse Abuse Stalls Out In U.S. House Despite 70% Support

Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, issued the following statement today regarding the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518:   “I regret to inform you that Speaker of the House, John Boehner, currently refuses  to bring the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to the floor for a vote.  His decision ... (click for more)

Curtis Adams: Beck, Mackey Should Be Considered For County Commission Leadership

Just think about this;  a person highly qualified applying for a job.  As he is just about finished filling out his papers for his interview, he sees at the bottom there is a place for him to check Democrat or Republican.  He would think, “if I mark the wrong one I may not get the job.” Being a real leader requires honesty, integrity, and, most importantly, fairness. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Orchids And Onions

With record low temperatures being recorded around the South, I didn’t know what I’d find in my garden on the first day of August but – sure enough -- there is a profusion of orchids and onions. The start of college football will be later this month and, with the chilly mornings, fall practice is a far cry from what it will be when the sweltering heat comes back next week. Here’s ... (click for more)