Creatively Contributing to the Komen Cause: Breast Cancer Survivor Helene Cohen Finds New Ways to Give Back

Sometimes, survivors are the best supporters of Susan G. Komen. They have felt breast cancer first-hand, and the fact that they are so close to the experience make them even more inclined to give back. A prime example of this is Helene Cohen. Helene, a breast cancer survivor since 1994, knows how fortunate she is and had a desire to “give back to others to have walked in my shoes.”

“I always have supported events that have to do with the Komen organization,” Helene said, and went on to talk about the event she created in her own community for breast cancer.

When Helene retired, she told friends in her community that she wanted to start a fundraising walk.

“That was three years ago. We sold pink bows and mums before the walk took place. The walk became so popular that we added breakfast, sold raffles and made $6,000 for the Komen cause.”

On October 15, 2017, Helene and the Pink Ribbons of Central New Jersey held their walk fundraiser in their neighborhood development in Manalapan, New Jersey. Neighbors and friends joined the Pink Ribbons of Central Jersey for their energizing health walk; Applebees catered breakfast after the event.

This year’s Pink Ribbon Fashion Show

She prides herself most in her fashion show and luncheon that is held every June at the Battleground Country Club in Manalapan.

The Pink Ribbons of Central Jersey’s fashion show and luncheon, walk and other fundraising efforts have raised over $15,000 for Komen CSNJ.

“We do a journal, get over 100 prizes for raffles and the fashion is donated by the Fox’s of Marlboro,” she said. “The event attracts over 200 people, and we have a wonderful committee. Some of our grandchildren even help up with graphic design. Our community gets very involved and we all work well together.”

When asked about her most memorable events and contributions, Helene goes into detail about how making an impact is the best memory she could possibly have.

“We just need to get the word out there, and let people know why we raise the money, and what is available so we can educate them.” said Helene.

Helene has always been filled with good ideas for fundraising. In addition to her work with the walk and fashion show, she decided to approach Barnes and Noble about a holiday gift wrapping. They supported her, gave some days in December, and helped raise $1,000 for the cause.

The dedicated Pink Ribbons of Central New Jersey work hard together all year to execute these amazing events.

“We all work so hard to fundraise and make a true difference. Like a hand that needs all of its fingers, our committee accomplishes great things when we work together,” said Helene. “I couldn’t do any of this without the help and dedication of our committee.

Helene enjoys the friendship with her fellow committee members working together for a cause that means the most to them, and they have fun while doing it.

“Our group considers ourselves angels out on a mission to save lives. Every year, hope that a cure will be found, but until then, we will keep on working for this wonderful organization.”


Olivia Bonevento is a featured guest blogger for Komen CSNJ. She lives at the Jersey Shore and is currently a student at a liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. Read more about Olivia on her personal blog — oliviabonevento.wordpress.com.

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