Race On! Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2011

On Sunday September 25th, the Orange County community hit the streets of Fashion Island in Newport Beach to support the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. This race is one of the largest charity events in Orange County and unites our community with hope and resolve for a future without breast cancer. Among the 22,000 participants was our mighty “Team WIC”. Team Women’s Imaging Center’s members included a mix of employees and their families from Medical Specialties Managers, Moran, Rowen & Dorsey and Women’s Imaging Center, all located in Orange, California. Women’s Imaging Center Radiologist and annual race participant Dr. Richard Cho joined the team. Our team was also joined by special guests Dr. Lilly Ramirez-Boyd and Dr. Brian Boyd as well the amazing staff from the offices of Dr. Randy Fiorentino, Dr. Karen Lau, Dr. Lisa Valle and Dr. Juan Velez. With more than 70 participants, Team WIC was able to raise a $3,000 contribution.

In the sea of pink t-shirts, you could spot the Team WIC members from a mile away! Our t-shirt theme this year was “Take Charge! Show Cancer Who’s Boss!” Our team members wore a grey t-shirt that featured a tie and suspenders embellished with breast cancer awareness and support buttons. Graphic designer Corrie Tse (www.corrietse.com) donated her talents for the cause.

Celebrating the 20th annual Race for the Cure, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has raised over $1.3 million in 2011 through race participants alone! In its 20 years of tradition, the Race for the Cure has raised over $27 million dollars that has gone towards awareness efforts, research and supporting those affected by breast cancer. This year, the foundation set their fundraising goal at $3 million. Donations are still being accepted to hit the target (www.ockomen.org). With the help from foundations such as Susan G. Komen, researchers are able to work towards finding a cure.

Holiday Gift Giving 2010

This holiday season we have decided to contribute to the Holidays from the Heart Program through Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The Holidays from the Heart Program provides an opportunity for MSM employees to purchase gifts for families from our geographic area who have children who are chronically ill and who are financially unable to provide for themselves and their children during the holiday season.  Having a chronically ill child has a tremendous impact emotionally and financially on the entire family. The Holidays from the Heart Program seeks to acknowledge that burden by helping families with limited financial resources to have a special holiday celebration that they will remember.  Our MSM employees are sponsoring two families this year.  The generous staff at Moran, Rowen & Dorsey, Imaging Partners of Orange County and the Women’s Imaging Center have also decided to participate in gift giving for these special families this holiday season. Collectively, we hope to make this holiday season shine for five families in need.

Team “Women’s Imaging Center”

We would like to thank all who participated in the Race for the Cure. It was great to have everyone collectively walk to support a great cause. “Team Women’s Imaging Center” was able to raise over $2,400 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation! Congrats!

2010 Orange County Race for the Cure

Sunday, September 26th, from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure presents the 2010 Orange County Race for the Cure at Fashion Island. The event, which raises significant funds and awareness each year, will feature two 5K walks, a one-mile fun walk and a breast cancer survivor tribute.

Registration for Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure 2010 has begun! Women’s Imaging Center’s “Team WIC” has decided to race at the 9:45 am race time. MSM will sponsor employees that are interested in joining the team on race day! The registration includes a “Race for the Cure T-shirt” and Team WIC will also be creating T-shirts to be worn on race day.

Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about breast health or breast cancer call 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636).

Orangewood Children’s Foundation

MSM’s food, toiletry and school supplies drive for Orangewood was a huge success! A huge thank you to each and every person for helping to improve the lives of foster kids in Orange County. Because of your generosity, we needed 2 SUVs to deliver all of our donations. When we arrived at Orangewood, they were thrilled!

Located in the city of Orange, California, the Home is Orange County’s only emergency shelter for neglected and sexually, physically or emotionally abused children. The Home provides refuge each year for about 3200 children who have been removed from their caretakers by police officers or child protective services workers and placed into protective custody.

The Home is comprised of hacienda-style cottages that house children and teens ranging in age from just days old to age 18. Currently the average stay is 22 days. The Home is equipped to hold over 200 children.

Along with the cottages, the Home has medical facilities, a branch of the Orange County Public Library system, and an on-site K through 12 school and preschool. The facilities also include a fully equipped gymnasium, softball field, basketball courts, game room, pool and toddler pool.

The Home and its volunteers give the children, toddlers and teens a loving environment for periods ranging from a few days to several weeks or months while Juvenile Court decisions are made about their future and welfare. On completion of processing, the children are placed into foster care or in the care of relatives.

Through an extraordinary public-private partnership, the Foundation raised the money to build the Home, donating it back to the County on its completion. Ongoing special projects funded by Orangewood Children’s Foundation help to keep facilities in peak operating condition. The Foundation continues to support the Home and its young occupants, providing a wide range of programs, activities, equipment, supplies, and necessities for the children who reside there.