Komen Charlotte Research Luncheon – June 23 @ 11a.m. – Hilton Charlotte Center City


Thank you for coming out to the Promise, Research, CURES! Luncheon. Komen Charlotte was excited for an opportunity to bring the community together and we are always grateful for your support. The information presented, provided great insight into the latest advances in breast cancer research taking place right here in North Carolina. We hope you were inspired in learning about the impact your dollars have in helping to further these advances. We hope you will continue to invest in the change, education and hope needed to prevent and cure breast cancer.

Thank you to our special guests, keynote speakers Dr. Lisa Carey and Dr. Pinku Mukherjee for sharing their breakthroughs and discoveries in breast cancer research. And thank you to everyone who volunteered, sponsored a table, or gave a donation. Komen Charlotte can not be successful in providing breast health services and life-changing resources without you. Pictures will be posted soon!

Komen Charlotte Research Luncheon is Supported by:

Dr. Favaro – click image above for video

Research is Important… And so is your story!

Susan and Tracey – click to watch video

 “I have been involved with Susan G. Komen Charlotte since it started in 1997, to present day.  I was diagnosed with  breast cancer on February 14,1992, after having a negative mammogram in November 1991. I had a right lumpectomy with removal of all of my lymph nodes under my right arm, chemotherapy and 6 weeks of radiation. I also took Tamoxifen for 5 years. My desire is to empower and educate women and men about breast cancer.”

~ Mary Dewalt 25 years Breast Cancer Survivor   ~
(Pictured in the middle with Beth Kemp, Founder-Komen Charlotte Affiliate (l) and Penelope Wilson, Founder-Komen Charlotte Affiliate (r)    


Admittedly, breast cancer awareness, especially for African American women, is an addiction and striving to find a cure one of my greatest passions in life. We’ve got to educate ourselves on not being afraid of the “what ifs” in life. It is important that we understand the risk, incorporate healthy lifestyle choices, know our body – what feels right for us, perform self-breast exams, and get annual mammograms.”

~Sadrita Barnes is a seven-time breast cancer co-survivor– having lost her grandmother, mother, four aunts and younger sister to breast cancer. . She serves as the Chairperson for Komen Charlotte’s Pink Sunday for Mecklenburg County and team lead for Duke Energy’s Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure team, the Duke Energy Energizers.

Research Luncheon Keynote Speakers

Lisa Carey, MD is a Richardson & Marilyn Jacobs Preyer
Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research and is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Her clinical interest is breast cancer, and she is also a Komen Research Scholar. Dr. Carey’s research focuses on different subtypes of breast cancer, evaluating new chemotherapy agents in early breast cancer and examining tumor characteristics that predict response to therapy. She also serves as the Medical Director of the UNC Breast Center, the Chief of Hematology/Oncology and the Physician-in-Chief of the NC Cancer Hospital.

Pinku Mukherjee, PhD chairs the Dept. of Biological Sciences
and is the Irwin Belk Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research at UNC Charlotte. She is transforming the ways in which cancer is diagnosed and treated. She has designed innovative approaches to more accurately detect breast cancer early and is developing targeted therapy and imaging for pancreatic, ovarian and colon cancers. Dr. Mukherjee is a previous, multi-year Komen Research grantee.


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