Karen Morgan – VIP Fundraiser Spotlight
What is your favorite Komen memory?
My favorite Komen memory is definitely the walk at Coney Island. The moment all of the survivors began waving their buffs, cheering and walking. I was in a crowd of people I didn’t know but did not feel alone. The love and support came shining through in smiles and hugs.
Why is Komen important to you?
Komen is so important to me because this disease needs to be eradicated! No one’s mother, sister, wife, etc. should have to go through this ordeal. Komen is important because people need to learn what breast cancer is all about. I didn’t know there were many different types of brest cancer until I was diagnosed. Education plays such an important role in decection and identification of breast cancer.
What tip do you have for fundraising?
I used social media to fundraise. I placed my fundraising information on Facebook, Instagram and on my Caringbridge page. I was very open in telling my story. I wanted people to know that I was just like them – a mom, a daughter, a sister who had been most things right. I live a healthy life style and get yearly mammograms. My cancer was not detected on a mammogram even though it was palpable.
How are you MORE THAN PINK?
I am more than pink because I truly believe all facets of this campaign are needed to fight this disease. Research is awesome but it can’t end breast cancer alone. All people need access to care, regardless of age, socioeconomic status, gender etc. Community became very important to me during treatment. Knowing there were other people who knew exactly how I felt was so helpful.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Hmmm, one superpower. I think I would love to have the power of teleportation. I have family scattered across the country. I woul love to be able to see them in a blink of an eye.
How long have you been a survivor?
As of May 18, 2019, I am a 1-year survivor!