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Common Questions

Need more information about the 2020 Komen West Michigan Virtual MORE THAN PINK Walk? Get the answers to your walk questions, learn more about the day of your event, and how your fundraising makes an impact long after you walk.

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) INFORMATION

How will COVID-19 affect the 2020 Komen West Michigan MORE THAN PINK Walk?

The health and safety of our participants, sponsors, volunteers and staff is our top concern. Therefore, based on CDC recommendations, we have made the decision to turn our 2020 MORE THAN PINK Walk to a virtual experience on Saturday, September 19! Stay tuned to our social media channels, our website, emails and the Special Announcement section of this website for event updates. Remember, we are all in this together and we will rise together - we are tough, strong, and united.

Can I still fundraise and earn recognition items?

Yes, all registered participants who fundraise qualify for our fundraising recognition program! Also, if you fundraise more than $100 you will receive a commemorative event t-shirt (Pickup/Delivery details to be announced soon). For those of you who fundraise $250 and above, you will be contacted approximately four weeks after the event to redeem your thank you gift. Remember, you must be a registered participant to earn recognition items.

Check out these tips to maximize your online fundraising:

  1. Customize your participant fundraising center so everyone knows why you support Susan G. Komen. Sharing your story is a big indicator of fundraising success, so make sure to share the link to your participant center through social media and email.
  2. Make sure you have activated your Facebook fundraiser through your participant center. Just login to your fundraising center at the top of this page and click the “Start a Facebook fundraiser” link. Make sure you invite your Facebook friends to your fundraiser and reshare often!
  3. Get creative! We know you may need to change your fundraising plans, but now is a great time to be creative with how you’ll hit your goal. Here are some upcoming events that might help you inspire others to give:

 

When is the 2020 Komen West Michigan Virtual MORE THAN PINK Walk
The virtual event will be on Saturday, September 19, 2020. Visit Event Day Information for more details.

How will people living with metastatic breast cancer be included in the event?
We are passionate about saving lives from breast cancer and bringing more awareness to people living with metastatic disease (which is responsible for most of the 40,000 U.S. breast cancer deaths each year), who often feel left out of many breast cancer events.
The reality is their experience inspires us to work harder and to do more. Those living with metastatic breast cancer will be recognized as part of the new opening ceremony.

Do I get a t-shirt?
All participants who raise a minimum of $100 will receive a commemorative event t-shirt. Additionally, all survivors and those living with metastatic breast cancer will receive a special t-shirt recognizing their role in our event. Pickup/Delivery details to be announced soon. 

How much is the registration fee?
All Virtual registration types are $0. Registration closes at noon on September 19th.

How can I register?
You can register online by clicking the button below. Watch this short video for a demonstration of the online registration process.

Why do my team members have to register?

Every participant must be registered in order to participate in the virtual MORE THAN PINK Walk and fundraise for rewards. Also, as a registered participant, every dollar your team members raise is tracked and will be attributed to your team goal.

Can donations made to a team be split or shared among team members?
We are unable to split or transfer donations between individual and team accounts.

Do you require fundraising?
We do encourage all participants to fundraise. This event is about going from awareness to taking action in this community. Just imagine the impact – if every participant raises only $100, we could bring in an additional $110,000 to support local screening, treatment and educational programs in our community!

How is the money used? Why is fundraising important?
Read about how we put your fundraising dollars to work in Where the Money Goes.

How can I fundraise?
There are multiple channels you can use to fundraise for your MORE THAN PINK Walk. The Fundraising Toolkit provides a step by step guide to fundraising.

All registered participants have access to an online personal Fundraising Center webpage with pre-written email templates to send to friends and family. Watch this short video to learn more about your fundraising center and how to use it to raise critical dollars to end breast cancer.

Connect your Fundraising Page to Facebook and ask your social community to support your walk.

Download the Mobile App so you can text your friends and family or deposit checks toward your fundraising. View the Mobile App User Guide to learn more about the app features.

Is there a deadline for fundraising?
All donations on your behalf that are received by October 19, 2020 will be credited to your fundraising total.

When and how will I receive my fundraising recognition gift?
Participants are encouraged to fundraise until October 19, 2020. Approximately 30 days after the MORE THAN PINK Walk, participants that have raised $250 or more will receive an email with information about their earned gift level and instructions on how to redeem. After receiving the email, participants will select one gift in their qualifying level or one item in a lower level, as gifts are not cumulative. After choosing, the item will be shipped to the registered address in our system. Susan G. Komen reserves the right to substitute an item of equal value if recognition items are unavailable. If you have any questions, please contact info@komenmichigan.org.

How long do I have to collect and turn in donations to qualify for a fundraising recognition reward?
Participants are encouraged to fundraise until October 19, 2020. Approximately 30 days after the MORE THAN PINK Walk.

Are patients, survivors, and those living with metastatic breast cancer expected to fundraise?

We certainly encourage every participant to fundraise, as this is our signature fundraising event. Funds raised by our participants enable us to do more for research, more for our communities, more for caring for those living with breast cancer including metastatic breast cancer and more action to get us to a cure.

Just like our other participants, those who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer have an opportunity to earn fundraising recognition items for their efforts! We find that survivors, those living with metastatic breast cancer and others that have a deeply personal connection to the cause are the most powerful and passionate fundraisers.

What are some ways I can fundraise for my team/my individual goal?
Visit Fundraising for the Walk

Why are you changing the name from Race for the Cure® to the MORE THAN PINK Walk?
This change is part of the ongoing evolution of Susan G. Komen. MORE THAN PINK highlights the fact the organization and those who support our work are much more than a color and enables us to better connect our supporters to the full breadth of the work we do every day to help save lives from breast cancer.
The change from a Race to a Walk also aligns the fundraising event with the experience of the vast majority of our participants.

Does this mean Komen is no longer in a hurry to cure breast cancer?
Absolutely not. Our commitment to creating a world without breast cancer is stronger than ever. This new approach is part of an ongoing evolution of our organization intended to better connect the public to the impact they’re making on our work to save lives, and in turn, help us generate the critical financial support needed for us to be able to accomplish our Bold Goal to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.

Is Komen moving away from pink?
Absolutely not. Pink is the principal color of the breast cancer movement and remains our signature color as well. This evolution helps to reinforce that the movement is more than a color and that it’s not enough just to raise awareness by wearing pink.
We will be introducing you to our pillars of our organization: Research, Care, Community, and Action. These pillars will help you and our other supporters understand the impact you make when you fundraise for this year’s event.

How do I use the Mobile App to Fundraise?
The Mobile App allows you to fundraise on-the-go and track your progress. You can also track your steps and learn more about the impact you are having to end breast cancer. View the Mobile App guide, to learn more about the features of the app to help you make a greater impact.

How do I track my steps using the Mobile App?
Connect to Apple Health or Google Fit to track your steps so your everyday walk or run can be one to end breast cancer. Make sure to allow access to ALL data for proper tracking. Once connected, click the “Get Active” icon at the bottom to view your steps & activity challenges. Simply hit the Start button to begin recording your steps and select “Confirm” when prompted to save the information.

Check out all six available step challenge badges under the “My Challenges” tab, including the Finisher Badge for taking 6,000 steps to officially finish the MORE THAN PINK Walk.

Is support available if I am having trouble with the Mobile App?
Yes. In the top right corner of the App Home Screen there is a gear icon. Click this and then “Need Help?” to open the support portal. Search the app FAQ for an answer or open a ticket with our app support team.

Do I need to mail in checks if I deposit them through the Mobile App?
No. You do not need to mail in checks if you have deposited them through the Mobile App.