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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will serve as keynote speaker for Friday’s noon kickoff for “Justice for a Cure,” marking the start of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. After 30 years in law enforcement, retired Dane County Sheriff’s Deputy Joan Kamholz was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. Kamholz later founded “Justice for a Cure,” which is an awareness and fundraising program that benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The local organization has grown into a national program through its partnership with Susan G. Komen.
“I applaud Joan Kamholz for her immense commitment to spreading awareness of this disease, which is the most common cancer among women in the United States,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “Joan’s leadership also shows something that I’ve known for many years -- those in law enforcement care about their communities both on and off the job.”
Tomorrow’s ceremony begins at noon, outside of the State Capitol at the King Street steps. It will include law enforcement and other public safety partners, a law enforcement Honor Guard and remarks from the Executive Director of Susan G. Komen—South Central Wisconsin, Michelle Heitzinger; Joan Kamholz, Justice for a Cure Coordinator; Mary Carr Lee, the Board President of Susan G. Komen—South Central Wisconsin; Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney.