Kathy Walsh – VIP Fundraiser Spotlight
What is your favorite Komen memory?
I have two. The first was my very first Race for the Cure in 2011 when I was going through my chemo and radiation treatments. Before attending the Race, I experienced many days of feeling alone, but being at the Race made me realize I was not alone – I was with so many people who knew exactly how I felt and were there to support me. The second favorite memory was last year’s More Than Pink Walk. It was unlike any of the Races or Walks before that I had attended (except my first one). It was so empowering and the overwhelming love and support from everyone in attendance was so strong and uplifting.
Why is Komen important to you?
Because I have met and become friends with so many people. My time with Komen has shown me how important it is to work to end breast cancer by my volunteering for the organization and by my fundraising. The money Komen has raised for breast cancer research and the passion to end this disease is the main reason.
What is your biggest fundraising tip?
My email that I send to all my family, friends, and yearly supporters that tells them my story and what Komen has done in the way of research and helping women in our community who cannot afford the treatments they need when diagnosed. And the “thank you” gift of my homemade baked pink ribbon cookies has proved to be an incentive to my supporters, too. Everyone likes cookies!
How are you MORE THAN PINK?
I am MORE THAN PINK by my endless drive to help find a cure for breast cancer through my work with Komen as a volunteer, fundraiser, and Board of Director member and also the support/networking group I started in my neighborhood for women who are survivors of any type of cancer.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
That I could help the researchers funded by Komen find a cure for all types of breast cancer, especially metastatic breast cancer.
How long have you been a survivor?
Almost 8-½ years