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Thursday, March 22 News

Komen director enlightens Kiwanians on breast cancer

Jeanine Gutauskas, director of Fairfield County for Susan G. Komen Connecticut, recently spoke to the New Canaan Kiwanis Club during a session at Picador.

"Connecticut has the highest incidence of breast cancer in the United States. This is up from number two last year. New Canaan is one of the top 20 towns in Connecticut with the highest incidence of breast cancer in the state" so it's critical to expand efforts here, she said.

"Komen Connecticut is an independent affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Komen Connecticut's primary focus is on our local community -- on educating the women and men in our state on the importance of early detection, funding free screening services and providing support to those who are diagnosed with breast cancer," Gutauskas said. "When we say `keeping it local,' we mean it.

"Seventy-five percent of the funds we raise remain in Connecticut, and are invested in local breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs across the state. The remaining 25 percent is invested in research to find the causes and cures for breast cancer. None of these funds support Komen National."

Komen Connecticut funds close to $1 million in services each year.

On Saturday, May 10, friends, families, volunteers, survivors and supporters will participate in the second annual Komen Connecticut Fairfield County Race for the Cure at Veteran's Park in Norwalk. The day includes a 5K race, a 5K and 1.5K Walk, kids' events and a survivor breakfast.