This year in the United States, it is estimated that more than 180,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer. There are more than two million women in this country who are living with a breast cancer diagnosis.
"It's amazing to see the energy that has been built over the past 30 years," says Margaret Harte, founder of the Y-ME Race and two-time breast cancer survivor. "It's important that people who want to be proactive in the face of breast cancer -- not just patients but men, children and family and friends -- have somewhere to go to express their passions and feelings on Mother's Day."
Helping the organization meet its goal of raising $9 million this year are national presenting sponsors McDonald's and sanofi-aventis; and national official sponsors Grant Thornton, Pfizer Oncology and United Airlines.
About Y-ME/Breast Cancer Network of Strength
Breast Cancer Network of Strength(TM), formerly known as Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization(R), provides immediate emotional relief to anyone affected by breast cancer.
YourShoes(TM) is Breast Cancer Network of Strength's peer support program that includes a 24/7 breast cancer support center staffed by trained breast cancer survivors providing peer support through a toll-free hotline, e-mail and support groups.
Breast Cancer Network of Strength raises money to fund YourShoes, outreach programs, breast health awareness workshops, wigs and prostheses banks for women with limited resources, and advocacy on breast cancer related policies.
Breast Cancer Network of Strength is a 501(c)(3) organization and meets the National Health Council's 41 Standards of Excellence in governance, fundraising, accounting and reporting, and evaluation. Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of nonprofits, gives the organization its highest rating of four stars for sound fiscal management.
|SOURCE Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization|
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