In honor of 20th year making an impact in Kansas City, we will be sharing stories of volunteers who helped make that possible through their ongoing support. We couldn't think of a better person to start with than three time breast cancer survivor and Komen Kansas City volunteer Donna Valponi.
In June 1996, Donna was diagnosed with breast cancer. While undergoing radiation treatment, she participated in her first Susan G. Komen Kansas City Race for the Cure. Since that time, Donna has volunteered in about every area including chairing the Grants Committee, Survivor Committee for Race, Breast Cancer Survivor Luncheon (now called Pink Promise Brunch), and serving on the Board of Directors. Currently, she is helping decide mission related priorities as a member of the Strategic Mission Committee.
One of Donna's most memorable experiences came while chairing the first Breast Cancer Survivor Luncheon at Menorah Medical Center in July 1998. "I was diagnosed a second time with breast cancer in the same breast in June. I had just completed my first chemo treatment and had to wear my brand new wig to the event." When reflecting on the event over the years, Donna says: "It has been personally gratifying to me to see the Survivor Luncheon grow to over 1,000 attendees. It's amazing."
In September 2010, Donna was diagnosed with breast cancer for a third time. But Donna's happy to report that she is doing great today!
We truly appreciate Donna's ongoing committment to the cause and her willingness to dedicate so much of her time to Komen Kansas City.
One-time and ongoing volunteers are needed throughout the year. Click here to learn more about Komen Kansas City volunteer opportunities available.