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A Decade of Dedication to Supporting Breast Cancer: JFK Communications Displays Strong Values; Strong Traditions

Posted by John Kouten, CEO

Oct 14, 2014 2:43:00 PM

At JFK Communications, we have had the distinct honor and privilege of participating in the Central and South Jersey (CSNJ) Susan G. Komen (www.komencsnj.org) Race for the Cure (RFTC) for the past 10 years!

I was privileged to meet Jane Rodney in 1994 when I was working at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) (www.bms.com) as head of oncology PR.  I recall Jane’s fire, tenacity and genuine love for others.  Through her hard work and dedication, she was able to bring the RFTC to South Jersey in 1994, giving rise to the CSJ Komen chapter.

From 1994, I always participated in the CSNJ RFTC. After my tenure at BMS, I worked at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) (http://www.jnj.com/) for a number of years – – always participating in the CSNJ RFTC.  Jane died from breast cancer in 2002 and Nancy Healey, another amazing breast cancer survivor, took over the reigns of this program.

John Kouten at RFTC 1998

John F. Kouten at RFTC 1998

In 2004, when I founded JFK Communications (www.jfkhealth.com), I recall registering as an individual and dragging a few friends and JFK peers along. In 2005 the Race was cancelled due to flooding, but the team raised funds anyway.  In 2006 we really got our acts together and fielded a team of 10 and made our own shirts -- a tradition that continues to this day.

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Team JFK RFTC 2006                                                           Team JFK RFTC 2008

In 2008, my status as a sideline breast cancer cheerleader radically changed when my wife Sara Kouten was diagnosed with triple negative/BRCA-1 positive breast cancer.  I am grateful that research and science offered Sara the opportunity to better understand the genetics and molecular profile of her breast cancer so she could combat her specific cancer more effectively.  Today, Sara is six years cancer-free and spends most of her time supporting others.

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Team JFK 2014 — Tens years and going strong!!

Over the past 10 years, I am proud to say that JFK Communications has raised more than $40,000 for the CSNJ Komen chapter.  We are in awe of the tireless work being done at the CSNJ Komen chapter and are humbled daily by the selfless workers and volunteers that keep the chapter going year after year. 

Topics: JFK Communications, Advocacy, Agency Culture, Breast cancer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central and South Jers

 

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