Kathy O'Brien 2013
Spirit to Inspire Award
The Spirit to Inspire award was created in memory of Jeanne Peck to recognize a volunteer that shows their commitment and passion for our Affiliate through their tremendous dedication, energy, and enthusiasm. Volunteers are what make our Affiliate such a success.
Kathy has served the Affiliate in the following ways:
Board of Directors 2006-2012
Chair, Ignite the Promise Luncheon
Team Captain, Team O’Brien
Team Captain, Going OverBOARD
Founder, Team Coach Program
Chair, 2013 Triangle Race for the Cure
Kathy O has influenced our Affiliate on multiple levels through several roles. In 2006 she became a member of our Board of Directors. Her first influential act was to motivate the board to form a Triangle Race team and fundraise. The Team “Going OverBOARD to Fight Breast Cancer” has raised more than $43,000. She organized the “2010 Ignite the Promise” luncheon with Nancy G. Brinker as the keynote speaker. This event raised more than
$50,000 for our Affiliate.
Kathy did not stop there. In 2011, she founded the Team Coach program as part of the Trianlge Race for the Cure. This program was designed to help Team Captains with fundraising, team recruitment, and support. This program
was so successful; it has now been implemented at the Wilmington Race. In 2012, Kathy accepted the most demading and special of all volunteer positions. She became the Chair of the 2013 Triangle Race for the Cure. In true KathyO style, she dove in and gave 100% of her time and energy to make it the best Race possible. She not only inspired her committee and added badly needed infrastructure; she also secured two new cash sponsors.
Kathy does not do anything without putting her whole heart and soul into it. She has brought tremendous joy, organization, and funds to our Affiliate! She is an outstanding role model for both staff and volunteers.
Awanya Caesar 2013
Spirit to Impact Award
The spirit to Impact award is given to a community organizer that is making an impact in their community by being a catalyst for change and sharing the Komen message.
This year, Awanya celebrates 25 years at the Lincoln Community Health Center. She has dedicated her career to helping the women and men of her community get the best health care possible. Awanya currently works with the Breast Cancer Program at Lincoln. Most days are spent offering breast health education and outreach to the community. She understands that knowledge is power and wants everyone to have the information they need to make the right health choices. She also helps patients navigate through the entire process from screening to post-treatment support. If that isn’t enough, Awanya facilitates a breast cancer survivor support group and she organized a large group of women to attend the Race for the Cure in the Triangle and Wilmington.
It is the commitment of community leaders like Awanya that make a difference in people’s lives everyday. We are lucky to have her as part of our Komen community. Awanya currently works with the Breast Cancer Program at Lincoln. Most days are spent offering breast health education and outreach to the community. She knows that knowledge is power and wants everyone to have the information they need. She also helps her patients navigate through the entire process from screening to post treatment support. And if that isn’t enough, Awanya also facilitates a breast cancer survivor support group. As part of this support, she organized a large group of women to attend the Race for the Cure in the Triangle and Wilmington.
It is community leaders like Awanya that make a difference in someone’s life every day. With her help, we will better the survival rate and someday find a cure for breast cancer.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
2013 Spirit to Involve Award
The Spirit to Involve award is given to sponsors who have supported our Affiliate and are true year-round partners. While their financial commitment to us is vital to our success,
their commitment to integrate the Komen mission into their organizational culture demonstrates their complete partnership.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has provided more than $300,000 in support of our Affiliate since our Inaugural Triangle Race for the Cure in 1997. Their commitment to North Carolina extends beyond
service to their 3.6 million members and into communities across the state where they promote improved health and well-being through their employee volunteer program, financial support, and community-focused partnerships
They proudly support their independent charitable affiliate, the BCBSNC Foundation which, since 2000, has invested more than $88 million into North Carolina communities through more than 680 grants and special initiatives, including the Triangle and Wilmington Race for the Cure events.
BCBSNC, not only supports us from a corporate level, but their employees jump in creating multiple Race Teams that are always among our top fundraising teams.
New Balance Raleigh/Durham
2013 Spirit to Involve Award
As owners of New Balance Raleigh/Durham, Mark and Kathy have made a personal commitment to support our Affiliate locally when they could have just taken advantage of New Balance’s national sponsorship status with Komen. In addition to the Triangle Race for the Cure, where they have been a sponosr for more than 10 years, they also participate in local events such as Pinkfest and the Volunteer Recognition Dinner.
Throughout the years, Mark and Kathy have supported our Affiliate with everything from socks and shoe laces to promoting the Race through live radio broadcasts and providing space for Team Box Pick up. By supplying the space where Teams come to pick up their shirts and bibs, they are alleviating a large expense, allowing us to invest more money into our local community.
Whenever there is a need, they are there - the true definition of a Komen partner.