Archive for August, 2011

Remembering CJ Taylor–founder of Komen Puget Sound
August 15, 2011

Today, our hearts go out to friends and family who are mourning the loss of CJ Taylor. CJ was the founder of Komen Puget Sound (beneficiary of the Washington Romp) and also the co-founder of the SAMA Foundation. CJ made an incredible impact on the fight against breast cancer and will be deeply missed.

Message from Cheryl Shaw
(Executive Director, Komen Puget Sound)

We are greatly saddened by the loss of CJ Taylor, founder of the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.  She was a compassionate, dedicated leader with a humble spirit. 

CJ Taylor championed the breast cancer movement in the Puget Sound area.  In 1993, CJ led a dedicated group of volunteers to launch the first Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure®.

Remembering CJ Taylor, Komen Puget Sound Founder

Under her leadership, the Race for the Cure grew from an event which raised $65,000 in its first year to one of the city’s top cause-related walks, raising more than $1.3 million a short six y

ears later.  Due to CJ’s acumen, the Komen Puget Sound Affiliate soon ranked among the top seven Komen Affiliates out of 119 nationally, and the Komen Puget Sound Affiliate was awarded the Affiliate of the Year.

Among a long list of accomplishments, CJ advocated for increased state funding for the Washington Breast and Cervical Health Program and secured $1 million per year to increase enrollment for uninsured women to receive breast cancer screening. Due to CJ’s advocacy, influence and determination, thousands of underserved women have received breast cancer screening, saving the lives of mothers, daughters, sisters and friends residing in Western Washington

CJ Taylor had the gift of vision, the wisdom to strategize, and the extraordinary ability to garner support and participation from government to community.  She

created a legacy for the Komen Puget Sound Affiliate to which we aspire to continue her work in breast cancer advocacy, services, patient support and ultimately – the cure.  She was a true example of the power one person has to change lives.

We hold her family in our thoughts and prayers and dedicate ourselves to fulfilling her vision to eliminate breast cancer disparities and ensure all women have access to breast health care.


Cheryl Shaw,
Executive Director
Komen Puget Sound


Meet the 2012 USA Romp Staff!
August 3, 2011

When Tubbs Snowshoes started the Tubbs Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series in 2003, we could have never imagined how it would grow to be one of the largest snowshoe series in the world. In the last four years alone, our participation and fundraising have more than doubled! We’re committed to bringing you an incredible 2012 Romp to Stomp Series and to help us make that possible, we’ve expanded our Romp to Stomp family!


Stephanie Romps!

Stephanie at the 2010 Washington Romp

Stephanie Yankeh, National Coordinator
Stephanie worked with Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for quite a few years and had various roles that included extensive experience with Race for the Cure coordination, email communications, and back-end registration development. She’s an avid snowshoer, involved with the Young Survivor Coalition, and passionate about the breast cancer cause. If you attended the Washington Romp last year, you might have seen her tromping around with her team, Seattle Snow Weasels–all in pink tu tu’s!

Carna Climbs!

Carna during her bid for the summit of Mt Rainier

Carna Lapping, Northwest Regional Coordinator
Before starting her own event management company (Very Important Events), Carna worked for the American Lung Association of Washington and executed their signature fundraising events—the Climb for Clean Air and Tri Trek Island (cycling event). We’re excited to have Carna’s eye for detail and excellent event management skills on the Romp team. In addition to heading up the Washington and Oregon Romp events, Carna will also be taking the reigns a new top-secret Romp event, whose location has yet to be revealed!

Kim holds up a prize at the 2011 Utah Romp

Kim holds up a prize at the 2011 Utah Romp

Kim Wageck, Central Regional Coordinator
Kim first got involved with the Romp because she wanted to give her family an opportunity to give back. Six years, later she’s taking on a new role and will be heading up the Utah Romp event along with another top-secret new Romp event whose location has yet to be revealed! She’s organized, detail-oriented and abundantly talented and we’re excited to have her aboard in a bigger leadership role.

Heidi & Jenn at the 2011 Vermont Romp

Jenn Lyons & Heidi Wiley, East Regional Coordinators
The ladies in this Dynamic Duo have been friends for years and bring a wealth of energy and experience to the New Jersey and Vermont Romp events. They’ve made an annual tradition out of the Vermont Romp and are excited to step into a leadership role. You might recognize them as the arm-in-arm angels on our Facebook page!


Joan (middle) joins with other breast cancer survivors at the 2011 Colorado Romp

Colorado Chairperson: Joan Davids
In 2003, Joan helped to put up posters for the first-ever Romp to Stomp Colorado! The next year, we were lucky to have her step into a leadership role and since then she’s grown the Romp Colorado into the largest snowshoe event in North America! When she’s not working hard on the Romp, you can find Joan clipped into skis bindings or bike pedals!

Get out and Romp in 2012!

And YOU!
The Romp wouldn’t be the success that it is without our amazing participants, donors, and especially, our volunteers! We hope you’ll join us at our Romp 2012 events. Dates and locations will be announced soon. For those interested in volunteering, our new regional coordinators will all be recruiting folks to be a part of new Volunteer Committee’s that are forming for 2012 and we’re always in need to passionate volunteers to help us out on event day. Keep an eye out in the coming months for more information.

I believe that 2012 might just be our best Romp year yet and I’m excited to continue to lead the Romp Series as it grows, gets more people outside snowshoeing, and helps to stomp out breast cancer in years to come!

See you at the Romp!

Wendy Miller
National Event Manager