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D.C. Mayor Fenty, Italian Ambassador Help Announce First-Ever Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure(R)

Last Year's National Race Provides $3.7 Million Impact on D.C. Breast Health

WASHINGTON, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and the leaders of Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) joined the Hon. Giovanni Castellaneta, Ambassador of Italy to the United States, at the Italian Embassy to officially kick off registration for the first-ever Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure(R), which will be held on the Washington, D.C. National Mall June 6, 2009.


Susan G. Komen for the Cure expects more than 50,000 people to participate in the Global Race and raise more than $6.1 million, 75 percent of which will stay in the D.C. area to address breast cancer disparities in the medically underserved communities. The name of the race may be changing, but Komen for the Cure's commitment to the Washington, D.C. area is not. To highlight the critical impact of the event, Komen announced the awarding of $3.7 million in breast health and breast cancer programs to the D.C. area from last year's event alone. A full listing of grantees is below.

"On behalf of the residents of the District of Columbia, I am thankful for the continued support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and its tireless advocacy for those affected by breast cancer," said Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty. "The Komen Global Race for the Cure reinforces the need to make an impact on women's lives both here and abroad, with the understanding that the fight to end breast cancer knows no boundaries."

The Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure - formerly known as the Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure - marks the 20th anniversary of Susan G. Komen for the Cure hosting a Race in the nation's capital. The Race was renamed to highlight the growing breast cancer crisis worldwide.

"We are grateful for the role Susan G. Komen for the Cure is playing on the world stage to educate and empower women in our country, as well as others across the globe," said Ambassador Castellaneta. "We are excited to be a part of the new Global Race, and we challenge all of our fellow embassies and friends in the diplomatic community to form teams and join us in racing for the cure."

Last year Komen launched the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Promise Fund to address breast cancer incidence and mortality outside the United States. Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the Komen Global Race for the Cure will be dedicated to that Fund for international community education and outreach programs.

"Without a cure, in the next 25 years, an estimated 11 million will die from the disease worldwide. That's more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined," said Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, who founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure as a promise to her sister to end breast cancer forever. "We can stem the tide of the growing crises; we can share what we have learned; we can end breast cancer forever, all around the world. And with events like the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure, we will."

For more information on the Komen Global Race for the Cure, including how to register, visit or call 703-416-RACE (7223).

Komen for the Cure announced a combined $3.7 million in community grants to the following groups in the Washington, D.C. area from proceeds from the 2008 National Race for the Cure.

    -- Somali Family Care Network - Minority Breast Health Awareness Project
       Tessie Ajala, project director (Fairfax, Va.)

    -- Inova - Life With Cancer
       Paulina Escobar, project director (Northern Virginia)

    -- La Clinica del Pueblo - Culturally Appropriate Breast Cancer Services
       for Low-Income Latinas
       Marco Castro, project director (Washington, D.C.)

    -- Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. - Access to Breast
       Health: Outreach, Education, Screening and Treatment
       Kristin Langlykke, project director (Northern Virginia )

    -- Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington - The Breast
       Cancer Prevention Campaign for Asian Americans
       Dr. Ji-Young Cho, project director (Annandale, Va.)

    -- Breast Cancer Network of Strength - A Day for You
       Iris Verdugo, project director (Metro D.C. region)

    -- Ethiopian Community Development Council - Project AWARE Targeted to
       African Immigrant Women
       Allene Wright, project director (Metro D.C. region)

    -- Providence Health Foundation - Faith-Based Breast Cancer Health
       Ministry Program
       Terrie Trimmer, project director (Metro D.C. region)

    -- Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts - An Integral Health Model
       for Faith-Based Community Navigation
       Shanti Norris, project director (Southeast Metro D.C. region)

    -- The Muslim Community Center Medical Clinic - Reducing Cultural Barriers
       to Breast Cancer Healthcare for Low-Income and Uninsured Women
       Dr. Aziz Ashai, project director (Montgomery County, Md.)

    -- American Association on Health and Disability - Project Accessibility:
       Removing Barriers for Women with Disabilities
       Roberta Carlin, project director (Metro D.C. region)

    -- African Wellness Center - Breast Cancer Awareness
       Odile Attiglah, project director (Montgomery and Prince George's
       Counties, Md.)

    -- Mautner Project - Removing the Barriers EDUcate (Eliminating
       Disparities for the Underserved)
       Dr. Leslie Calman, project director (Metro D.C. region)

    -- Prevent Cancer Foundation - Breast & Cervical Cancer Prevention for
       Underserved Hispanic Women
       Karen Peterson, project director (Metro D.C. region)

    -- The Red Devils - Supporting Families Living with Breast Cancer
       Janice Wilson, project director (Montgomery and Prince George's
       Counties, Md.)

    -- African Women's Cancer Awareness Association - Breast Cancer Awareness
       and Health Promotion Strategies for African Women
       Ify Nwabukwu, project director (Metro D.C. region)

    -- Food and Friends - Specialized Nutrition Services for the Breast Cancer
       Community in Metro D.C.
       Alissa Mackiewicz, project director (Metro D.C. region)

    -- Energy Institute of the Healing Arts Foundation - Caring for Life: A
       Health and Wellness Program for Breast Cancer
       Akmal Muwwakkil, project director (Prince George's County, Md.)

SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure
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