Susan G. Komen® North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Honors Triangle Volunteers and Community Partners

Susan G. Komen® North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Honors Triangle Volunteers and Community Partners

Susan G. Komen® North Carolina Triangle to the Coast honors Triangle volunteers and community partners at Finding Solutions Through Science, Scholars and Survivors Wednesday, December 16 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Finding Solutions Through Science, Scholars and Survivors Luncheon

“We are honored to recognize volunteers and community partners who make a difference in the fight to end breast cancer,” said Pam Kohl, Komen NCTC Executive Director. “The award winners inspire everyone around them to take action.”

Spirit to Inspire – 2015 Winner – Lekorey Ellis

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LeKorey Ellis with Debra Morgan of WRAL-TV

The Spirit to Inspire award is given in memory of Jeanne Peck, Komen NCTC founder, to recognize a volunteer that demonstrates commitment, passion, energy and enthusiasm. Lekorey Ellis, is the chair of the I am the Cure committee of the Komen Triangle Race for the Cure. This vital committee distributes important breast health information during the Race and provides cure leaders to help get our runners and walkers to the finish line. Ellis has served on the Triangle Race committee for 10 years. When the Affiliate asks for volunteers for any event, he always says yes. He inspires everyone around him.

Spirit to Impact – 2015 Winner – Katherine Hoadley, Ph.D.

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Dr. Katherine Hoadley with Debra Morgan

The Spirit to Impact award, is presented to an individual that is making an impact by supporting survivors and being a catalyst for change in breast cancer outcomes. Katherine Hoadley, Ph.D. is a researcher who studies the complexities of triple negative breast cancer. In her spare time, she volunteers for the Komen Triangle Race for the Cure as the survivor committee chair. Dr. Hoadley has the unique opportunity to view breast cancer from a number of angles, both in the lab and in the community, as she works one-on-one with survivors at our race. It is this work that inspires Dr. Hoadley’s research.

Spirit to Involve – 2015 Winners – The News & Observer & Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning

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News & Observer, Represented by Bob Hagh

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Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning

It is given to community partners for providing exceptional support and engaging others in our fight against breast cancer.

For years the News & Observer has supported Komen NCTC with a spectacular Race for the Cure section in the Sunday paper before the Race. This section provides great information about our programs and services, important logistical information about the race and helps build community momentum for the big day.

Thanks to the N & O, for one weekend each June, our mission and message of hope reaches the door step of thousands of Triangle area subscribers.

 In 2015 Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning became a Komen Triangle Race for the Cure sponsor. But their leaders wanted to do more. This fall, Service Experts approached the Affiliate about fundraising in October as a part of the Clayton Shindig, spreading Komen’s mission and message to a broader community audience. It is this kind of year-round partnership that inspires us all and enables us to work for the cures all year long.

15th Annual Maureen Thomas Jordan Spirit of Survivorship – 2015 Winner – Gena Lee Wright

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Spirit of Survivorship Award Winner Gena Lee Wright

This award is given in memory of Maureen Thomas Jordan by her sisters Kathleen Thomas and Diane Burnette. Throughout her 9 ½ year battle with breast cancer, Maureen never lost her hope, courage, strength or faith. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Gena Lee Wright is an inspiration. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. To cope with the side effects of her treatment, Wright began running. In 2015, she completed her first marathon and triathlon. Through social media, Wright inspires other breast cancer survivors to get moving. She posts her workouts, pictures and inspirational quotes detailing her journey. Through her words and action, more African-American women in her circle have been educated and inspired to take action for the fight to end breast cancer.

Congratulations to all of our award winners.