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19th Annual Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure(R) Draws Nearly 50,000 Participants, Celebrities; Brings Record Funds to National Capital Area
Date:6/7/2008

2009 Event Becomes "Susan G. Komen GLOBAL Race for the Cure"

WASHINGTON, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Mall was passionately pink this morning, as nearly 50,000 breast cancer survivors, co-survivors, celebrities and activists gathered for the 19th annual Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure(R). Today's 5K event raised $4.9 million to fund breast cancer research and community health programs for the medically underserved in the National Capital Area.

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The day began with the Parade of Pink -- more than 3,800 breast cancer survivors, led by Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) Founder Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker and Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon -- marching across the National Mall to honor loved ones and show solidarity in their triumph over the disease.

The Pre-Race events, emceed by WUSA's Andrea Roane, WASH FM's Maureen McLain and WTOP's "Man About Town" Bob Madigan, featured remarks from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty; Ambassador Brinker; Nixon; actress Gabrielle Union; Susan G. Komen for the Cure Ambassador Rene Syler; boxing champion Roy Jones, Jr., renowned personal trainer Tommy Tomlo, and Survivor of the Year, Diane Mathis.

"Since Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) started 26 years ago, we have invested more than $1 billion in breast cancer research and community health programs, including more than $30 million directly into the National Capital Area," said breast cancer survivor Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in her event remarks. "Today's Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure is a significant step in our pledge to invest another $2 billion by 2017 to dramatically decrease breast cancer incidence and death, particularly right here in Washington, D.C., which has one of the highest
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