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Komen Central Florida Board News

Two-Time Breast Cancer Survivor Named New President

March 1, 2010



Orlando, FL – March 1, 2010 – The Central Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is pleased to announce the appointment of Jana Holt Allen as its new President of the Board of Directors. A member of the Board since 2007, Allen has passionately displayed her commitment to the women and men whose lives have been touched by breast cancer with her countless hours of volunteer service. Her support of the Komen vision has been longstanding since she has participated in over fifty ‘Race for the Cure’ events in California, Florida and her home state of Texas.

Of her newly-elected position, Allen said “I am honored to be serving as President of the Central Florida Affiliate.  My goal in this leadership role is to continue to impact the nine counties that we serve,” Already, she has met with other members of the Board to devise a strategic plan geared towards the continued growth of the Affiliate and its dedicated volunteer base.

Having faced the diagnosis of breast cancer twice, she understands the gamut of emotions involved in each step of the journey, enabling her to bring personal knowledge, compassion and a heightened sense of urgency to Komen, Central Florida. Additionally, her capacity to lead is evident in her previous role as Director of the Executive MBA Program for Baylor University in Dallas, Texas and her current role as Director of the Key Executive MBA and Saturday MBA programs at the Crummer Graduate School at Rollins College.

Undoubtedly, Allen’s ebullient spirit and determination will carry through to her new role as Board President and fellow Board members are excited about the impact the Affiliate, under her leadership, will continue to make in the community. In a true testament to one woman’s character and the collective effort involved in fulfilling the Komen promise, Allen stated “I am committed as a survivor and a runner to continue to run the race until together we cross the finish line with a cure for breast cancer!”

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Komen Central Florida Affiliate

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Susan G. Komen for the Cure has invested $1 billion to date, making it the world’s largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer.

The Central Florida Affiliate of Komen for the Cure is part of more than 1 million breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe that make up the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Through events like the Komen Central Florida Race for the Cure®, the Central Florida Affiliate has invested $3 million in community breast health programs in Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia Counties. The 2009 Central Florida ‘Race for the Cure’ was the Affiliate’s largest to-date with over 6000 participants. The increased awareness and generous support of the Central Florida community resulted in the Affiliate reaching its fundraising goal of a million dollars last year, which funds grants for many breast-health and breast cancer-related programs in the nine county region.

Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in the Central Florida area. The remaining income goes to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program to fund research.

For more information please visit www.komencentralflorida.org. or call (321) 972-5534

Helpline: 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)