Together We Thrive Gala for MBC Research

Inaugural Gala to Support Komen Metastatic Breast Cancer Collaborative Research Initiative

[RALEIGH, NC] – [August 27, 2020] – Susan G. Komen® NC Triangle to the Coast is hosting the first Together We Thrive: A Gala for Metastatic Breast Cancer Research, which will be held virtually on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. This event was created to support the Susan G. Komen Metastatic Breast Cancer Collaborative Research Initiative, which is fast-tracking research to help those living with metastatic breast cancer, the only cancer that kills.

“Today, the five-year survival rate for metastatic breast cancer is only twenty-seven percent. There is critical need for increasing our understanding of metastatic breast cancer and developing new ways to treat those living with the disease to help them live longer better lives,” said Victoria Wolodzko Senior VP, Mission at Susan G. Komen. “We have a unique opportunity to support innovative research in the Triangle area through a unique collaboration between Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This approach can lead to the very breakthroughs needed to change outcomes and save lives.”

Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC), also known as stage IV, is an advanced stage of breast cancer where tumor cells have spread to other parts of the body. Every year MBC kills 42,000 people in the United States alone. Susan G. Komen NCTC launched the Metastatic Breast Cancer Collaborative Research Initiative in December, bringing together two world-class cancer research institutions in the Triangle area—Duke Cancer Institute and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“Despite many advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in recent years, metastatic breast cancer remains a disease that kills too many women. New treatment approaches are still desperately needed and success will require collaborations across disciplines and institutions,” said Dr. Michael Kastan with the Duke Cancer Institute. “The Komen MBC Research Initiative recognized this need and is responding by providing support for collaborations between investigators at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill. Working together, all things become possible.”

The gala, which will be held on Saturday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m., is spearheaded by Rhonda and Adam Howell. Rhonda has been fighting metastatic breast cancer for five years. She has also become a fierce advocate, fighting for more research funding so she can see their 8-year old son grow up. To date, they’ve raised $250,000 for MBC research and are excited to partner with Susan G. Komen as the co-chairs for this virtual gala.

“We’ve made some important strides in extending life for our patients but now is the time to do more. The Komen MBC Research Initiative, linking the amazing clinical and research talent at UNC and Duke, is a bold move that will ignite collaboration and yield more effective therapy for Triangle residents and the nation,” said Dr. Shelley Earp with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

There is no fee to register for the gala event. You can expect amazing speakers, silent and live auctions, and of course, a memorable evening. You can also register for a chef-prepared charcuterie platter and wine, which brings the party to your home while you enjoy the event virtually!

Tickets for the event’s EZ Go Golf Cart Raffle are one ticket for $25 or five tickets for $100. One lucky winner will receive a custom 2016 EZ Go electric golf cart valued at $7,500. 100% of net proceeds from the Together We Thrive Gala will support the Komen Metastatic Breast Cancer Collaborative Research Fund.

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About Susan G. Komen® and Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast

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 has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.

The Susan G. Komen® NC Triangle to the Coast Affiliate is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Komen NC Triangle to the Coast has invested more than $14 million in community breast health programs in its 29-county service area and has helped contribute over $5 million to the more than $1 billion invested globally through Komen’s National Research Program in lifesaving breast cancer research


Krista Park Berry, executive director
Susan G. Komen NC Triangle to the Coast | (919) 810-4511