She had doubts about Komen. Then Komen NWO saved her life.

Rose Klapp was kind enough to share her story with us at the 2019 Toledo Survivor Breakfast. Please read her story and register today!

Hello, my name is Rose Klapp. I’d like to share my story with you and invite you to join me and my team “Rose’s Buds” at the Race for the Cure in a few days.

Why? Thanks to Komen Northwest Ohio, I am a breast cancer survivor.

It’s a bit of a funny story, actually. Before being diagnosed—and after many years of supporting the Race for the Cure—I had started to have doubts about Komen.

In July 2018, a couple of months before I found out about my breast cancer, I was talking with a friend about doing the Toledo Race that September.

She said, “I don’t think I’m going to do it anymore,” and I said “Yeah, I probably won’t do it this year either. You know, the money may not go anywhere. We have no idea where it’s going, who they help, or what they provide. I’ll just give the money to my sister, or help her in some other way.”

And then, on October 31, 2018, it happened. I had just gotten off a plane from Colorado when I received my phone call from my doctor telling me I had breast cancer.

I had no medical insurance, and I just thought, “How am I going to get through this? It’s Stage-3, and it’s in my lymph nodes.” Everything I heard just kept getting worse.

A nurse from the Toledo Breast Care Center said, “We’re going to help you,” and she made a phone call for me. It was to Komen.

I said, “Oh My God, I can’t believe it. All the Races I did, and me doubting where the money is going. It came right back to help me.”

It was wonderful. My husband and I were both shaking. It was one less thing to worry about. I thought, “Wow. I’ll never doubt anything again with Komen. They do help and they do provide. And now I’m alive because of them.”

Will you please join me at the Findlay and Toledo Race for the Cure events coming up and help more women like me stay alive?


Thank you so much,

Rose Klapp
Breast Cancer Survivor