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More Than Pink – Judie Conley
Judie Conley has been the team captain of Karen’s Angels for the last 12 years in honor and support of her sister-in-law, who is a breast cancer survivor (pictured above).
“Karen’s Angels was originally formed to be a support network for my sister-in-law Karen,” said Judie. “I have been by her side since her diagnosis 14 years ago. Building on the old African proverb, “it takes a village…”, I thought it would be great if I could expand my support of Karen, and decided to form Karen’s Angels.”
Judie’s Race for the Cure team started with eight members and has since grown to a whopping 65 members! As the team has grown, so has the number of survivors within the group.
The members of Karen’s Angels ‘party with a purpose,’ finding fun ways to engage and connect with the community. Judie hosts many creative social events throughout the year with the goal of increasing fundraising each year.
As Judie explains, “All of our events are decorated in pink and the attire is mandatory pink.”
Some of her events include:
- Pink Barbecue-Summer
- Pink Kick-Off Reception-Fall
- Pink Tree Christmas Party and Pink Gift Exchange-December/January
- Love and Lobster For The Cure (in conjunction with Red Lobster’s Loberster Fest)-February
- Pink Pajama Sleep-Over Party-March
After the Race, Judie even hosts a ‘Victory Champagne Brunch’ for her team to celebrate their dedication to the cause.
Their hard work is paying off; Karen’s Angels has raised about $25,000 in support of the Komen mission over the years. As an individual fundraiser for Race, Judie has been on the Pink Honor Roll in 2012 and again in 2016.
Judie is also a Susan G. Komen Community Health Advocate and helped develop a health disparity initiative in Marion County, aimed at reducing late-stage diagnosis and death rates for African American women in Indianapolis.
“It’s important to me that I can serve as an advocate in the community, educating people about breast cancer and debunking horror stories that cripple our strides to promote self-help and awareness through accurate knowledge,” said Judie.
Judie was honored at the 2016 Circle of Hope celebration for her involvement with Komen Central Indiana. Her sister-in-law, Karen, and several team members came with her to show their support and appreciation for everything Judie does to advance the fight against breast cancer.
Judie Conley is one example of an everyday hero who is making a difference in the fight against breast cancer in ways big and small. Join Judie in being More Than Pink by getting involved with the Race.