Long before I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June, 2011, I knew all about the good works of Komen Kansas City. After being diagnosed I became a recipient of their caring concern and support.
Now, after being awarded the Komen Kansas City Legacy Award for promoting breast cancer awareness; I am humbled once again by an organization that reaches people around the world and still manages to encourage and inspire women on a personal level. It is not an easy job; but the Komen Kansas City team does it with grace, style and personal professionalism.
Being chosen as the 2017 Komen KC Legacy Award winner is one of the most beautiful recognition's in my career. It is not my award alone. 41 Action News, KSHB TV was also honored with this year's Legacy Award for its work in promoting breast cancer awareness. My News Director, Carrie Hoffman and General Manager, Brian Bracco said yes when I proposed the Newsome's House Call series of reports encouraging women in low-income area of Wyandotte County to get screened. My husband, Ed, and I also did 30-days of Facebook Mention interviews live interviewing survivors, caregivers, health care workers, social service agencies, and people who lost a loved one to breast cancer. It was our labor of love and we believe it is our calling to continue raising the flag and reminding women and men to do their monthly self-exams and have annual mammograms and donate money for research and show love to women in treatment and their care-givers.
There is more work to be done and my husband Ed and I are making a "Pink Promise," to link arms with Komen Kansas City do everything in our power to make the world breast cancer-free.
Thank you Komen Kansas City!
Cynthia Newsome can be reached at Cynthia.Newsome@kshb.com.