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Komen San Diego Ramps Up for Important Race for the Cure(R) November 1
Date:10/8/2009

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists committed to ending breast cancer forever, is ramping up for the 13th Annual Komen San Diego Race for the Cure®, which will be held Sunday, November 1, 2009. Amanda Nixon, this year's Honorary Breast Cancer Survivor, along with more than 13,000 San Diegans donning pink breast cancer awareness clothing, banners and memorial messages are expected to unite in Balboa Park for the event. A survivor ceremony will be held prior to the race to recognize Nixon as well as other San Diego breast cancer survivors and their families.

"More than 15 percent of San Diegans are uninsured, and events like the Race for the Cure, which raise funds to help those without insurance are more important than ever," said Laura Farmer Sherman, executive director of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego. "During this time of economic uncertainty, we know that the need for breast health services is growing bigger in San Diego. We ask that members of our community support us in the Race for the Cure so that we can ensure we have the necessary funding to help as many men and women in San Diego as possible."

Why we need your support: Every step counts! Your donation provides women and men in San Diego County with services that have literally saved lives. You help make the following programs possible:

  • Free mammograms and diagnostics
  • Medical treatment for qualified breast cancer patients who cannot afford care, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation
  • Support services including support groups, assistance with finding financial resources, prescription refills and transportation to medical appointments
  • Education about the warning signs of breast cancer, methods of early detection and the latest treatment options
  • Cutting-edge research to find a cure for breast cancer

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Since its inception in 1983, the Komen Race for the Cure Series has grown from one local Race with 800 participants to a global series of more than 120 Races with more than 1 million people expected to participate in 2009.

The Komen Race for the Cure is a unique event, 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 is not necessarily fatal if mammography and breast self-exam become routine. As well as being a road race for runners, the Komen Race for the Cure is an emotionally charged event that attracts many first timers and recreational runners. The Komen Race for the Cure is an opportunity for thousands of women, men and their families, running or walking, to spread the breast cancer message within their communities.

Up to 75 percent of the funds raised at the Komen San Diego Race for the Cure remain here in San Diego to provide breast health research, diagnostics, screening, treatment, services and education for uninsured or underinsured women. The remaining 25 percent goes to fund national research to discover the causes of breast cancer and, ultimately, its cures.

For additional information about the San Diego Race for the Cure or Susan G. Komen for the Cure, please visit the national Web site at www.komen.org, or the San Diego Affiliate Web site at www.komensandiego.com. San Diegans can sign up for the November 1, 2009, San Diego Race for the Cure on the San Diego Affiliate Web site, or by calling In Motion at (760) 692-2900.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego

Since its inception in 1995, more than $8.5 million has been given to local organizations that provide breast cancer education, screening, diagnostics, treatment and patient support for the uninsured or underinsured in San Diego County. Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised stays right here in San Diego County to cover every step in the breast cancer journey -- from education, outreach, mammograms and diagnostics to surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and material and financial support. The remaining 25 percent funds international breast cancer research. In fact, next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, the organization has invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. www.komen.org

    Contacts:
    Jennifer Borba von Stauffenberg    Rachel Lipsitz
    Olive PR Solutions                 PR Chair, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
    619-955-5285                       858-449-9575
    jennifer@oliveprsolutions.com      rachel.lipsitz@gmail.com

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