TULSA - Komen Oklahoma is holding its annual Pink Rose Luncheon this week, honoring breast cancer survivors.
“We love to highlight our survivors. We love to celebrate them," Abbi Lee, Susan G. Komen Oklahoma CEO, said.
This event is special for the cancer survivors, as their joined with their family and friends.
It gives them a time to celebrate and reflect on their personal journeys.
“We have a nurse oncologist coming to speak," Lee said. "She’s sharing about identity and what it looks like as you go through this journey and then we have another survivor who is going to share her story.”
Hoping to help even more people across the state, Komen Tulsa and Komen Central and Western Oklahoma merged at the beginning of the year to form Komen Oklahoma.
“We obviously have some rural counties so we need our resources to go as far as possible. So, we feel like this is the best way that we’re able to bring the dollars that we have been given and invest them back into our community," Lee said.
Since the national organization began in 1982, Susan G. Komen has continued its mission to help women and men face their battle with breast cancer while also investing in life changing research.
“We’ve been involved in several different discoveries with different drugs," Lee said.
On the state level, Komen Oklahoma is working to reduce breast cancer in all 77 counties.
Part of the money they raise goes to research, but more than 50 percent stays in the community.
“We give it out through grants," said Lee. "We also give it out through direct services, whether that’s helping somebody with a gas card or paying a utilities bill.”
The Pink Rose Luncheon is Wednesday at River Spirit Casino Resort from 11:30 to 1 pm and all survivors get in free.
You do still need to register though and that information can be found here.
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