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Written by Derek Johnson   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 12:07

DES MOINES AND OTTUMWA, IOWA – December 3, 2014 – Susan G. Komen Iowa, based in Des Moines and Susan G. Komen Southeast Iowa, based in Ottumwa, announced today that they are joining forces and will now operate as one entity. The new combined organization, which became effective on December 1, 2014, will retain the name of Susan G. Komen – Iowa, but will incorporate the volunteer leadership, grant making relationships and fund raising capacities of both organizations.

“We are delighted to create this opportunity for our volunteers to focus on the most important aspect of our work; translating the generosity of the people of southeast Iowa into funds for programs that will save lives and end breast cancer forever,” said Gayla Harrison, a breast cancer survivor and most recent Board President of Komen Southeast Iowa. “The demand for accountability from our supporters can best be managed through the type of full-time professional support that Komen Iowa can provide. Our volunteers want to concentrate on raising funds and providing help through local community involvement. This agreement gives us the opportunity to do just that.”

“We all know what a friendly state Iowa is,” said Greg Edwards, current Board President of Komen Iowa. “We have a strong commitment as Iowans to help our neighbors. For that reason, it made great sense to us to combine our resources and support our neighbors in southeast Iowa. Together we can strengthen our presence and impact throughout the state.”

“We know that many of our friends and supporters in southeast Iowa want to know when (and if) the Race for the Cure will return to Ottumwa,” said Roger Dahl, Executive Director of Komen Iowa. “Rest assured we are committed to hosting a Race in Ottumwa. It is important that we continue to earn the trust and support of our partners in southeast Iowa and we know that the Race is one of the best ways to engage our communities in the fight against breast cancer. We are in the planning process right now and hope to be able to announce a date for the next Race in Ottumwa very soon.”

About Susan G. Komen®, and Susan G. Komen – Iowa

Susan G. Komen Iowa is an Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, which annually funds more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $847 million in research and provided $1.8 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Iowa has invested more than $5 million in recent years for community breast cancer programs within our 91 county service area. Over 80% of those funds come through events such as Race for the Cure, which last year attracted around 10,000 participants to downtown Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, call (515) 309-0095 or visit Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Give Purple this Holiday Season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alzheimer's Association   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 13:56

Holiday shopping is in full swing! If you're in search of unique, thoughtful gifts,  look no further than Shop for the Cause, the Alzheimer's Association® online store. Purchase items that will delight family and friends while making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's disease

2014 Alzheimer's Association Ornament  This shatterproof ornament – emblazoned with the Alzheimer's Association logo and a custom snowflake depicting the care, support and research elements of the Association's mission – is a great way to show support.  Price: $5.99

Silk Necktie:  This fashionable silk necktie featuring the Association's brand symbol is the perfect accessory for stepping out to advocate for the Alzheimer's cause or to attend a holiday party.  Price: $26.99

Café Mug:  This 24-ounce coffee mug featuring the Alzheimer's Association logo is a great gift for those hard-to-shop-for people on your list.  Price: $5.99

Pashmina Shawl:  This super-soft purple pashmina shawl is embroidered with the Alzheimer's Association logo and makes raising awareness for the cause even more fashionable.  Price: $36.99

Camp Courageous 26th Annual Fruitcake Sales PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:38

Monticello, IA—This is the 26th year Camp Courageous, which began serving campers with special needs in 1972, has been making fruitcakes. Over 75 locations sell these delicious fruitcakes. Posters are generally displayed in the windows of participating businesses or one can go online to get the latest location updates at

These scrumptious one-pound cakes sell for $10.00. They do not contain citron or alcohol and make wonderful holiday gifts. They need to be stored, sliced and served frozen. Fruitcakes will be sold at various outlets from November through December. The cakes are also available at Camp Courageous or can be ordered online at the camp website. Camp will ship anywhere in the United States.

Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The camp was built and continues to run on donations, without government support, without formal sponsorship, and without paid fundraisers. The camp will serve nearly 7,000 individuals with special needs this year.


Gold Miners Needed!! (Bell ringers) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 08:58

First Gold Coin dropped in Kettle this campaign

Bell Ringers Needed – Both Paid and Volunteer


QUAD CITIES, USA: A gold coin was dropped in the red kettles on Friday, November 21st! A half-ounce Royal Canadian Gold Coin was dropped into the kettle at the Moline Walgreens on 16th Street.

This coin will help fund the life-changing programs offered to the community by The Salvation Army at 2200 – 5th Avenue, Moline.

The Red Kettle campaign runs until December 24th and bell ringers are desperately needed in both Illinois and Iowa.

To volunteer, please go to for easy sign up or call Patty Mixdorf at 563-570-2072.

To apply for a seasonal paid position, please call 563-391-5325 in Iowa or call 309-764-6996 in Illinois.


“Warm Hands from Kind Hearts” Rotary Project Distributes Winter Apparel PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Linda Martin   
Monday, 24 November 2014 15:17

Members of the Moline Rotary Club donated 549 mittens, gloves, scarves and hats this week to help keep children in the Moline School District warm during the coming winter months. These items will be donated to twelve Moline-Coal Valley Elementary Schools and Jefferson Early Childhood Center for use by students who do not have warm weather attire or who have forgetten theirs at home.

“Moline Rotarians continue to give back to the community through programs such as Warm Hands from Kind Hearts,” says Deni McCarter, President of Moline Rotary. “I appreciate the generosity of Moline Rotarians to help make sure younger students in Moline and Coal Valley public schools can stay warm this winter”.

2014 marks the 5th Annual “Warm Hands from Kind Hearts” initiative within Moline Rotary. The Moline Rotary Community Needs Committee continuously identifies additional opportunities to impact the citizens within the city of Moline and the Rock Island County area. "Moline Rotary and our 130 members celebrate our 100th anniversary of service to the community in 2014,” said McCarter. The club also supports numerous service projects in the Quad Cities and through Rotary International."

Due to the record-breaking cold weather, Moline Rotarians have delivered the collected items to the schools earlier than their usual scheduled delivery during the first week of December.

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.


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