2016 Circle of Hope Award Winners Announced


Each year, we bring together everyday heroes from central Indiana – people who have made a difference in the local fight against breast cancer – to celebrate their dedication and commitment.

This year, we recognized many key groups, including but certainly not limited to:

  • 2016 Pink Honor Roll members
  • The top 10 fundraising teams from the 2016 Central Indiana Race for the Cure (Team Lux, Faithful Friends, Duke Realty, Shiel Sexton Team SSCares, St. Richard’s Episcopal School, RealAmerica Gladiators, Gregory & Appel, Kroger Company, Accredo: an Express Scripts Company and KROSHing IT!)
  • 2016 Komen Central Indiana Ambassadors
  • Volunteer board of directors and committees (Race for the Cure, Pink Tie Ball, Project Pink, Pink Ribbon Celebration, grant review panel and more)

We also recognized seven individuals or organizations who have far exceeded expectations in their impact and contributions:

  • Lori Tragesser, Promise of One Award winner for her advocacy work around metastatic breast cancer
  • Monte McDonald, Promise of One Award winner for his work with the Wabash Valley Race for the Cure
  • Karen Alyea, Debbie Willis Award winner for her significant contributions as a volunteer and breast cancer survivor
  • Karen Ratzman, Co-Survivor Award winner for her dedication to her mother’s breast cancer journey and the Komen Central Indiana mission
  • Joy Neely on behalf of Lilly Oncology, Community Service Award winner for advancing the vision of finding the cures for breast cancer through gifts of time, dollars and resources
  • Bryn Hemsley Masiuk, Outstanding Volunteer Award winner for her exemplary work with the Pink Tie Ball silent auction and event commitee
  • Loretta Sutherland, Lifetime Achievement Award winner for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the grant review process