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Texas Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Sen. Kirk Watson, Rep. Patrick Rose, Singer Kelly Willis, Breast Cancer Survivors and Activists Rally for Passage of Proposition 15
Date:10/10/2007

Texas Joins Nationwide Campaign Challenging U.S. to Close the Gaps in

Breast Cancer Research, Care and Mortality

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Tonight, the Texas Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will host hundreds of breast cancer survivors and activists at the Komen Community Challenge rally in support of Proposition 15 at Stubb's Bar-B-Que with singer Kelly Willis, Senator Kirk Watson (D-Austin), Representative Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) and Cathy Bonner, founder of KillCancer.org. Prop 15 would create $3 billion over 10 years to invest in research to find the causes and cures for cancer.

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"Texas has been hard hit by breast cancer, and low-income women and women of color have been hit the hardest," said Ramona Magid, executive director of the Komen Austin Affiliate. "We need to close the gaps in research, public policy and access to quality care that make breast cancer deadlier for some women. As federal funding for cancer research declines, Prop 15 gives us the chance to close the research gap and make Texas a global leader in the war on cancer."

Nationwide, one in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. This year, nearly 12,000 women in Texas will receive a breast cancer diagnosis and more than 2,400 of them will die from the disease. Low-income women have lower screening rates and are three times more likely to die from breast cancer.

Tonight's rally launches Texas' participation in the Komen Community Challenge, a 25-city grassroots campaign to elevate breast cancer on the national agenda and draw attention to disparities in breast cancer mortality. Komen for the Cure is marking its 25th anniversary year by ratcheting up the fight against breast cancer and taking its special brand of pink ribbon activism on the road.

About the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

The Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure -- along with those who generously support us with their talent, time and resources -- is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in our community. We join more than 100,000 breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Through events like the Komen Austin Race for the Cure, we have invested $3,338,108 since 1999 in local breast health and breast cancer awareness programs in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Komen Austin Affiliate stay in Central Texas while the remaining income goes to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program supporting research, awards and educational and scientific programs around the world. Komen Austin will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2007. Join us by calling (512) 473-0900 or visiting us online at http://www.komenaustin.org

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, we have 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. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit http://www.komen.org or call 1-800 I'M AWARE.


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