Ware Malcomb Warriors Making a Difference

I have run the Susan G. Komen 5K in Orange County at least 8 times. I have always been touched by this very special event.  So much love, support and a strong spirit of sisterhood radiates throughout this day, dedicated to honoring breast cancer survivors.  The Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure gives 75% of its funds to help underserved women in Orange County with breast care services, while 25% goes to the national foundation to support breast cancer research.

This year, the race took on a more personal meaning.  In November of 2011 through a routine annual mammogram, I was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer, Stage I.  Healthy and active for my entire adult life, I was in shock.  Through the love and support of my family, friends and work family, I endured a challenging year. I was fortunate in that they caught my cancer early.  After a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction surgery, I was one of the lucky ones that didn’t have to go through radiation or chemotherapy. (See more of my story in the OC Register here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/surgery-371421-breast-cancer.html%20%20)

Cancer has a way of making you feel very alone.  As I traveled through this dark tunnel, and eventually saw the light at the end, I realized the importance of educating, helping and inspiring others.

With the generous support of Ware Malcomb, we created a Komen Race Team, the “Ware Malcomb Warriors.”   Our company sponsored all employees in our Irvine, San Diego and Los Angeles offices who wanted to participate in the race, made a sizable donation, and paid for team shirts and a team celebratory lunch, among other things.  We had an ambitious first year goal to raise $4,000 for Komen charity and recruit 50 participants for the race.

I am blessed to work with some very amazing, kind, generous people.  My committee included Co-Chair Jina Song, Maureen Bissonnette and Cassidy Nelson, who helped create our very pink vision of community, generosity, and fun.  We had several fundraising events including a kick off lunch where I shared my breast cancer story and a representative from Komen spoke, a happy hour, a delightful and delicious bake sale, and more!  Through it all, I was continually touched by our staff, clients and industry friends who opened their hearts by giving their time, energy, and funds to support our efforts to help others.


I am so proud of our team and all that we accomplished.  We raised over $8,500, more than double our original goal!  We had 59  people participate in the Komen Race.  Most importantly, our efforts have raised a significant amount of money that will fund over 68 mammograms!  We hope you join us in this special cause next year!

Ruth Brajevich
p. 949.660.9128
e. rbrajevich@waremalcomb.com