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Jennifer Jurgens shares passionate message
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Jennifer Jurgens combines her professional experience and personal passion in her position as the leader of Susan G. Komen West Michigan, the local affiliate covering Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo and Ottawa counties.
Since youth, she has been deeply affected by breast cancer, Jurgens said, so she is fervent about early detection and dedicated to finding a cure.
As executive director and a breast cancer survivor herself, she fights for those affected by breast cancer and breathes new life into the nonprofit in Grand Rapids.
Since joining Susan G. Komen in late 2012, Jurgens has restructured the organization, launched a five-county campaign sharing local breast cancer survival stories and planned their Sweet 16 Race for the Cure.
As the spokesperson for the affiliate organization on both the national and local levels, she's responsible for bringing information on breast cancer research, national and global developments and resources back to West Michigan.
Her prior position was as the vice president of sales and marketing at a software company, where she provided consulting to companies like Konica Minolta, HON, The American Heart Association, Safety-Kleen and others.
In the community
Jurgens actively serves on the boards for West Michigan Multi-Sport Racing, which hosts the Millennium Triathlon benefiting regional organizations serving children, and TEDxGrandRapids, where she was co-organizer, speaker and selected representative of West Michigan at the 2013 TEDx Global Summit in Qatar.
Jurgens is also a founding member of aimWest, served the cabinet for LaughFest and has spoken at Gilda’s Club, TEDxMuskegon and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s on the topic of breast cancer and young survivorship.