SAN DIEGO – Nov. 7, 2017 – Susan G. Komen® San Diego (Komen San Diego) has raised more than $950,000 at its 21st annual Race for the Cure®. The one-of-a-kind event took place on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 in Balboa Park. Thousands of participants united to make a collective impact by celebrating survivors, honoring those who have lost their battle with the disease and raising critical funds. The Race for the Cure allows Komen San Diego to provide diagnostic mammograms, biopsies, ultrasounds, research, meal delivery, temporary financial aid, patient navigation, breast health education and advocacy. All donations directly help breast cancer patients in San Diego County and go toward research grants around the globe.
For many San Diegans facing breast cancer, participating in the Race for the Cure represents so much more than a sporting event. Being greeted by thousands of people who know exactly what they are going through without having to say a word is so meaningful and empowering, especially as they face the physical and mental challenges of the disease.
“Thanks to the San Diego community, the Race for the Cure will once again help our fellow neighbors with the lifesaving services and support they need for every step of their breast cancer journey,” said Shaina Gross, president and CEO, Komen San Diego. “I know it has been a trying year. Our generosity has been pulled in so many directions – hurricanes, earthquakes and violent tragedies, but we can’t afford to push pause on the fight against breast cancer. We can’t afford to stop.”
Highlights from the day included:
- In San Diego, six women a day are diagnosed with breast cancer and unfortunately one woman a day passes away from this disease. However, we know early detection is the best protection. And that’s what our work at Susan G. Komen San Diego is all about.
- More than 8,500 Race Day participants crossing the finish line in a powerful show of strength against breast cancer.
- Over 100 dogs decked out in pink as part of “Pups for the Cure.” [NEW THIS YEAR]
- Over 600 volunteers who helped make the day possible.
- Over $950,000 (and counting) has been raised by the local San Diego community to help Komen San Diego cover costs for diagnostic mammograms, biopsies, ultrasounds, research, meal delivery, temporary financial aid, patient navigation, breast health education and advocacy. Fundraising will be open through Tuesday, Dec. 5 at KomenSanDiego.org/race.
- Facebook is a 2017 local presenting Race sponsor along with Jerome’s. Facebook provided a unique 360-degree experience at the Race. [NEW THIS YEAR]
- Phi Beta Sigma delighted the audience with an energizing step routine during the Opening Ceremony.
“The Race is a powerful reminder that we have made significant progress in the battle against breast cancer, but we still need your support to end breast cancer once and for all,” said Gross. “Please continue to help us serve the San Diego community by fundraising and donating at komensandiego.org.”
ABOUT THE RACE FOR THE CURE®
The Susan G. Komen® Race for the Cure® is a unique 5K and 1-mile race designed and implemented to promote positive awareness, education and early detection of breast cancer. It has proved to be an enormously effective way to reach many women and men with the message that breast cancer does not have to be fatal if regular mammograms and breast self-exams become routine. As well as being a road race for runners, the Komen Race for the Cure is an emotionally charged event attracting many first timers and recreational runners. It is an opportunity for thousands of women, men and their families, running or walking, to share a message of hope and inspiration with their communities. Register at KomenSanDiego.org/race.
ABOUT SUSAN G. KOMEN® SAN DIEGO:
Since its inception in 1995, Susan G. Komen® San Diego has granted more than $19 million to fund global research and local non-profits that provide everything from free diagnostic mammograms, meal delivery, temporary financial aid, transportation and more. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised in San Diego stays in San Diego County to fund breast health services for uninsured and underinsured women and their families. The remaining 25 percent funds international breast cancer research. In fact, next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world. For more information, please visit www.komensandiego.org. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.