2019 Finding Solutions Through Science, Scholars & Survivors Research Luncheon

“The event was beautiful, educational and most of all uplifting. Reflecting on the stories from the survivors reminded me of what my mom went through. I’m so glad that I was able to be a part of the event to support and share the energy of this life-saving work.” – Dalia, 2019 luncheon attendee

Your BOLD ACTION helped to raise over $100,000 in support of our BOLD GOAL to reduce breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. Thanks for helping make our 6th Annual Finding Solutions Research Series a true success.

2019 Event Booklet | Keynote Presentation | 2019 Luncheon Powerpoint | View Event Photos

About the Event

Finding Solutions Through Science, Scholars, and Survivors is a luncheon that highlights the impact of Susan G. Komen’s

National Research Program on local breast cancer research. This unique event brings together an audience of researchers, scientific thinkers, corporate and private philanthropists, survivors, thrivers, co-survivors, and individuals impacted by the disease to learn more about how their donations are being used in local and national laboratories to find the cures.

Last year’s luncheon was held on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, NC. The program featured keynote speaker and Komen Scholar Dr. Ann Partridge of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University, along with Komen Scientific Advisory Board member Dr. Lisa Carey of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Komen Career Catalyst Zachary Hartman, Ph.D. of Duke Cancer Institute, and local breast cancer survivor, Mia Sutton.  Click here for Media Advisory.

Annual Spirit Awards

Komen® NC Triangle to the Coast also presented its annual 2019 Spirit Awards following the luncheon program. Learn more about this year’s award recipients.

Thanks again to our presenting sponsors Pfizer Oncology and UNC Health Care.

Komen Scholar Keynote

Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The 2019 program featured a keynote presentation from Dr. Ann Partridge, Komen Scholar, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Founder and Director of the Young Women with Breast Cancer Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Read more: Longtime ASCO Member Dr. Ann H. Partridge to Be Honored With Ellen L. Stovall Award

A Reseach Conversation

Following the keynote presentation, Dr. Partridge joined with Triangle-based breast cancer researchers and a survivor of breast cancer to discuss the latest findings and methods of care.

Special Event for Young Survivors & Thrivers

A Pre-Luncheon Coffee and Conversation Hour with keynote speaker, Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, was held prior to the luncheon for younger women diagnosed with breast cancer at age 45 or younger. The Coffee and Conversation Hour was a special opportunity for our younger survivors/thrivers to connect with Dr. Partridge.

Award Presentations

Komen NC Triangle to the Coast recognized survivors and thrivers, volunteers, and community partners who have made an impact with its 2019 Annual Spirit Awards.

Please note: If you are interested in participating in our 2020 Finding Solutions Research Series, please email Marisa Madia, Signature Events and Corporate Engagement Director, at mmadia@komennctc.org or call (919) 493-2873 for more information and sponsorship opportunities.

Click here to meet last year’s luncheon speakers and our 2018 award recipients.

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

North Carolina Biotechnology Center

PRA Health Sciences

Wayne and Donna Anderson


Survivor/Thriver Gift Sponsor


Click here to meet last year’s luncheon speakers and our 2018 award recipients.