NCASEF Makes $100,910 Donation To Susan G. Komen Southern Arizona

October 30, 2013 (Tucson, AZ) – In commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) today announced that it is making a $100,910 donation to Susan G. Komen® Southern Arizona.  The funds were raised during the NCASEF’s 38th Annual Convention and Trade Show in July in Las Vegas, and came from both live and silent auctions as well as a charity raffle.

“For the second year in a row, we are honored to be able to make a donation to Susan G. Komen Southern Arizona,” stated Bruce Maples, chairman of the National Coalition.  “Many in our 7-Eleven family, across the country have been affected by breast cancer, and by making this donation to Susan G. Komen Southern Arizona we are tangibly working to fight this terrible disease,” he continued.

“We are truly overjoyed by the generosity of the 7-Eleven family,” stated Connie Melton, Executive Director and Mission Director of Susan G. Komen® Southern Arizona.  “It is inspiring to accept this gift knowing the NCASEF has chosen to partner with us in our mission here at Komen Southern Arizona, providing lifesaving funds to local breast cancer programs and investing in research to find a cure,” she concluded.

Maria Maken, a 53-year-old woman diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer, is a recipient of a Komen Southern Arizona grant through St. Elizabeth’s Health Center.  Maria, a mother of two, is receiving ongoing chemotherapy. Her treatment, medications and a mastectomy were covered by her health insurance when she was diagnosed three years ago. Six months ago, when she lost her job, Maria turned to St. Elizabeth’s for help.

“I didn’t qualify for Medicaid, and I couldn’t afford to continue chemotherapy treatment after I was laid off.  Susan G. Komen funds are critical to me and so many other women who don’t have any other way to pay for life giving treatment,” said Maria.

This donation marks a fitting end to breast cancer awareness month for the Komen Southern Arizona Affiliate. Donations are accepted year round at

About the NCASEF
The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees is the national trade group for 7-Eleven storeowners in the U.S., representing the interests of almost 4,700 convenience store owners whose nearly 6,020 franchise-owned stores employ almost 40,000 workers.

About Susan G. Komen® Southern Arizona
The Southern Arizona Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® is dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front. The Komen Southern Arizona Affiliate’s services area covers Tucson and Southern Arizona.  Thanks to the thousands of people who participate in the Susan G. Komen Southern Arizona Race for the Cure® and other Affiliate events each year, dedicated corporate partners and generous donors, Komen Southern Arizona is playing a vital role in fighting breast cancer in our community.


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