Sidewalks to Science: Getting to know Dr. Carmen Bergom, M.D., Ph.D. at Medical College of Wisconsin


Dedicating her life to finding a cure for breast cancer, Dr. Carmen Bergom is driven to help Komen meet our Bold Goal of reducing the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% by 2026. As a radiation oncology physician, she works closely with patients and patient advocates that inspire her to improve breast cancer outcomes through research and clinical care.

In this month’s Sidewalks to Science blog, we will get to know Dr. Bergom a little better.

When I’m not in the lab I…

  • Love to spend time with my husband and three wonderful daughters, ages 5 to 13
  • Enjoy spending time on the lake with my family
  • Love to ski

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What I do… study the tumor cell microenvironment to potentially enhance treatment options

My team studies the environment around the breast cancer tumor cell that influences growth, spread and treatment response. Better understanding these environmental factors could lead to improved targeted treatment options for patients.

Breast cancer is… personal to me, my friends and family

I have a family history of the disease and have witnessed too many loved ones be directly impacted by breast cancer. These experiences led me to become a radiation oncology physician scientist, specifically treating breast cancer patients as well as leading a breast cancer research lab.

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Working with patients… has helped shape my current research program

In my interactions with patients, I would see people who had the same stage, tumor markers and other predictive features, and then have vastly different outcomes from treatments. That’s what made me focus my work on recognizing these non-tumor differentiators, and this research that could lead to more personalized and effective treatments.

People with breast cancer should… ask for help when they need it

Friends, family, support groups and organizations like Komen are always there to help breast cancer patients in need. Using resources to assist with cancer-related challenges may reduce stress and anxiety in some patients, helping to ease an already challenging time.


Komen is… helping the community

I have a special affinity for organizations like Komen that battle breast cancer on all fronts — advocacy, research, and community — all improving patient outcomes. In addition to participating in the Race for the Cure and local Affiliate fundraisers, I have also had the privilege of giving laboratory tours to patient advocates, helping them see our research at work.

“Like everyone touched by breast cancer, I believe improved outcomes for breast cancer patients cannot be achieved soon enough!”

What You Can Find on the 3-Day YouTube Channel


If a picture can say a thousand words, imagine how much a video can tell us! When it comes to the 3-Day, we take videos on event, at training walks and beyond to help preserve that unique 3-Day experience long after you have crossed the finish line and headed home.

As the 2018 event season draws closer and you really dig in to your training and fundraising goals, it’s important to remember back to the 3-Day bubble and the Susan G. Komen family. Immersing yourself in those memories and happy times will give you an extra boost as you set out on your next training walk, and put passion into your latest round of fundraising letters. If you’re new to the 3-Day, our videos can give you a sneak peek of what’s to come.


If you need help reconnecting with your big pink family, you need look no further than our 3-Day YouTube page! The collection of videos will bring a smile to your face and resolve to your heart.

We have 3-Day commercials from as far back as 2014, which give a beautiful look at 3-Days past:

There are also stories of inspiration from past walkers that give a voice to many of the reasons why we walk:

If you need fundraising tips and tricks, we have that too!

Are you walking in a new city this year? Or just want to feel some hometown love for your own city? Meet our event cities!

A great way to encourage donors to support your 3-Day goals is to let them know where their money is going! We have a series of videos of doctors, researchers and others who have directly benefitted from the money raised on the 3-Day. Include this link in a fundraising email or share on your social media:

You can also thank your past donors by sharing one of the post-event recap videos from this past year!

And if you want to pull at the heart strings, or need a more emotional reminder of the gravity of our cause, watch “I Carry Your Heart, by the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Community” – but have the tissues ready!

What are some of your videos on our YouTube channel? How have you used our videos in your fundraising efforts or at a team meeting? Tell us in the comments!


Make a Difference in Breast Cancer Research


Today is National Trivia Day, and we are taking this opportunity to share important and impactful facts from the 3-Day and our Susan G. Komen family at large. You can use these facts in your own 3-Day trivia game, as part of your fundraising letters, or as encouragement for you and your team this year. We have come so far since 2003, and every step you have taken has made a difference.

You can continue to make a difference in 2018, too! Register now, and get $20 off your registration through February 5th!


One amazing fact is that in the last 12 years, Komen has been able to put 80 cents of every dollar directly into research, community health programs, as well as education and advocacy programs. This money supports the mission to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research.

This means that every donation makes a huge impact. Some stats to know and share:

  • $25 could buy research supplies so scientists can work toward finding the cures
  • $30 could provide an hour of patient navigation services for someone with breast cancer
  • $135 could provide one screening mammogram for someone in need


The sixty miles you walk also make a huge difference! Since 2003, the 3-Day has:

  • Raised more than $820 million in total
  • Helped support more than 2,500 research projects & 460 clinical trials and counting
  • Sent $650 million in funds raised directly to breast cancer research

In addition, Komen’s network of Affiliates fund nearly 1,000 community organizations providing education, screening, patient navigation and treatment assistance to those facing breast cancer each year. You might have seen some of these local Affiliates at cheering stations on 3-Days this year. If you see them in 2018, give them a hug and a high five to thank them for all the amazing hard work they do!


Because of the hard work that Komen, the 3-Day and all our Affiliates do, there has been a 38 percent decline in breast cancer mortality (deaths) in the U.S. between 1989-2014.

This means that there are more and more survivors for us to honor each year at the 3-Day. In fact, there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.


Each of these facts are important, and all of them work towards Komen’s Bold Goal of reducing the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.

To learn even more, visit our website for infographics, personal stories and more!