Channel 13 has been a proud sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for several years now. It is a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots breast cancer movement by breast cancer survivors. Hoosiers have such big hearts that the Indianapolis race is one of the top-ten biggest Race for the Cure events in the nation. More than 40,000 people walk or run in the annual Race for the Cure in downtown Indianapolis. This year it takes place on Saturday, April 17th, around the IUPUI campus.
I was talking to Dana Curish, the Executive Director of Komen’s Indianapolis Chapter, and she told me that she is concerned that this year’s race registration is down a bit. If you have never taken part in this race, please consider doing it this year. This is a race you will never forget. It is a compassionate atmosphere, filled with the triumphant spirit of breast cancer survivors and those who support them. This race attracts people of all ages and genders – some walking alongside a surviving family member; some walking in honor of someone who lost their life to the disease; and some simply coming out to walk or run to help fund research that could some day lead to a cure.
You will see the heartwarming and emotional ‘Pink Parade of Survivors” and many more touching moments at the Race for the Cure. Komen hopes to raise more than two million dollars this year with the majority of that money spent right here in Indianapolis to fund breast cancer treatment, education and research. Komen is encouraging people in the race to ask ten people to donate ten dollars. If everyone in the race did that, Komen could possibly double its’ fundraising goal.
Right now, Komen just needs more people to register and join this fight against a devastating disease. One in eight women will have cancer in her lifetime. Every three minutes, a woman is diagnosed with the disease and every 13 minutes a woman dies. Susan G. Komen for the Cure has spent 1.5 billion dollars paying for education and research to fund better treatments and search for a cure. Komen has prompted major advancements in the breast cancer fight with more people surviving the disease than they ever did before Komen was formed 27 years ago.
Please join Channel 13 in the Race for the Cure. You can register by clicking here. You can even join the Channel 13 team, if you’d like, or form a team of your own.
Each one of us can make an impact. I have always believed that one of the reasons we were created is to help each other and to care about each other. Joining the Race for the Cure will make you feel good and it will help breast cancer survivors realize that they are not alone. We are here for them.
Hope to see you at the race! If you have been to the Race, share your experiences with others on this blog.
Also.. please watch the half-hour Race for the Cure: Bringing Hope to Millions special on Channel 13 on Saturday, April 10th, at 7:30 p.m. You will learn important information about breast cancer, meet breast cancer survivors, and learn more about the impact of the Komen organization.
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