Houston Newsmakers Oct. 29: Breast cancer fight; domestic abuse awareness

HOUSTON – The annual Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure was postponed until Jan. 27, 2018, but the fund raising focus is increasing to meet the needs of cancer researchers and the men and women who need critical support. 

“Seventy-five cents of every dollar stays right here in the Houston area,” said Emelda Douglas, executive director of Susan G. Komen Houston. 

Komen said the uninsured and under insured are direct beneficiaries of Komen funds. 

“We pay for mammograms. We pay for diagnostic services and we also pay for survivorship programs,” she said.

Dr. Abenaa Brewster is a Komen Scholar at MD Anderson Cancer Center who has received research dollars from Komen for 15 years. Brewster said it is a tough challenge but she is optimistic.

“I’m excited about the discoveries that are going to come from the laboratory researchers. I’m excited about the work that’s being done by advocacy groups to encourage women to get screening and show up for their appointments and support them on the journey of breast cancer,” Brewster said.

Both encourage individuals and teams to sign up and begin fund raising now for the Jan. 27 race. Contact information is www.komen-houston.org 


The Rose was founded to provide screening and diagnostics and treatment services to women regardless of ability to pay. 

Co-founder and CEO Dorothy Gibbons is on Houston Newsmakers and said the need now is greater than ever. 

“It’s awful,” Gibbons said. “We’re seeing seven thousand women every year who don’t have insurance, another 4,000 who are using our cash discount program and there’s many uninsured here in Houston.”  

The addition of a new 40-foot motor coach will greatly improve the ability to take mobile mammography and other services to the women who need it.


Rebecca White is CEO of the Houston Area Women’s Center Celina Guerra is the manager of Hotlines and Advocacy. 

As Domestic Violence Awareness Month ends, they want to make sure those in dangerous situations have a place to call and go. 

“The hotline is always there to provide that encouragement and support,” White said. “Of course we have a shelter that offers all kinds of services. Day care. We have a school on site. We have counseling and career development specialists.”

Much more from all of the guests on Houston Newsmakers, Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.

More info

  • Emelda Douglas, executive director, Susan G. Komen Houston, 713-783-9188, https://Komen-houston.org Twitter: @KomenHouston
  • Dr. Abenaa Brewster, professor, Dept. of Clinical Cancer Prevention, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 888-989-6855  https://faculty.mdanderson.org/profiles/abenaa_brewster.html Twitter: @MDAndersonNews
  • Dorothy Gibbons, Co-founder/The Rose, 281-484-4708, www.therose.org Twitter: @TheRoseHouston
  • Rebecca White, CEO, Houston Area Women’s Center, 713-528-2121, www.hawc.org Twitter: @hawctalk
  • Celinda Guerra, manager of Hotline and Advocacy, Houston Area Women’s Center, Domestic Violence Hotline 713-528-2121, Rape Crisis Hotline 713-528-7273 9234, www.hawc.org Twitter: @hawctalk

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