SAN DIEGO, Oct. 14 More than 13,000 participants fromacross the county, including 1,000 breast cancer survivors, will join forcesin San Diego and take one step at a time in working toward a world withoutbreast cancer at the thirteenth annual Komen San Diego Race for the Cure(R) onSunday, Nov. 2, 2008. The 5K run/walk starts at 8 a.m. in Balboa Park. Thereis still plenty of time to get in on the action and take a first step toward aworld without breast cancer. To register, go to http://www.komensandiego.org.
Last year, Race participants and sponsors raised more than $1 million.Proceeds went to local organizations that provide uninsured or underinsuredSan Diegans with free breast cancer diagnostics, screening, treatment,services and education. This year, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego isasking Race participants to take part in the One Twenty-Five FundraisingChallenge, with a goal of raising more than $1 million for the secondconsecutive year.
"The majority of the funds raised from the Komen San Diego Race for theCure come from pledges, additional funds raised by each race participant, andthis year we are encouraging each participant to raise just $125 -- the costof one mammogram -- in pledges from family and friends," stated Laura FarmerSherman, executive director of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego. "Ourgoal is to raise $1.5 million for the fight against breast cancer and toprovide potentially life-saving mammograms to 15,000 San Diego women."
This year's Race offers many fun and creative ways to get involved withKomen in the fight against breast cancer and the celebration of those who havesurvived the disease:
-- Survivor Ceremony: Join 2008 Honorary Breast Cancer Survivor, DeenaDeardurff Schmidt and an estimated 1,000 breast cancer survivors in the annualSurvivor Ceremony. The inspirational Survivor Ceremony, a celebration of life,will take place just prior to the Race and will be kicked off by San DiegoMayor Jerry Sanders.
-- Harrah's Rincon Expo Area: Take part in health screenings, food,giveaways, jewelry, entertainment, face painting and more. You can buy andwear a very special Charlotte Russe pink tiara and find special surprises andgifts for breast cancer survivors from The French Gourmet, Celgene and Sammy'sWoodfired Pizza.
-- I am the Cure: More than 100 local high school "cureleaders" chantingcheers aimed at the importance of positive breast health programs and toempower people to take charge of their own breast health. Local cheer squadswill line the Race course and cheer on Race participants with the "I AM THECURE" rally cry.
San Diegans can sign up for the Nov. 2 Race for the Cure at the Komen SanDiego Web site or at two pre-registration events on October 27 from 10 a.m. to6 p.m. at In Motion Events, 6355 Corte del Abeto, Ste. C103, in Carlsbad andOctober 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Road Runner Sports, 5553 Copley Drive,San Diego. Registration will also be available at the starting line in BalboaPark on Race Day.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego
Since its inception in 1995, more than $7 million has been given to localorganizations that provide breast cancer education, screening, diagnostics,treatment and patient support for the uninsured or underinsured in San DiegoCounty. Through a combination of fundraising events, grant-writing workshops,educational seminars and advocating for state legislation, the volunteers ofSusan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego are dedicated to addressing theimmediate breast health needs of the communities they serve. Seventy-fivepercent of proceeds are awarded locally each year through a grant process tolocal organizations. Each grantee conducts a program that offers breast cancereducation, screening or treatment to residents in the San Diego area. Theremaining 25 percent is directed to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure NationalGrant Program to fund research on a national and international level.http://www.komensandiego.org
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would doeverything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promisebecame Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancermovement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots networkof breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empowerpeople, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, the organization hasinvested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest sourceof nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.http://www.komen.org
For more information about the San Diego Race for the Cure, visithttp://www.komensandiego.org or call In Motion at (760) 692-2900Contact: Laura Farmer Sherman Executive Director Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego 858-573-2760 [email protected]
Rachel Lipsitz PR Chair Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego 858-449-9575 [email protected]
SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego