Join us at the Ft. Worth Komen Race for the Cure
Fort Worth, Texas (October 1, 2014) – Susan G. Komen® Greater Fort Worth announced today that the 23rd Annual Race for the Cure®, presented locally by Kroger and held at Ridgmar Mall, will be on Saturday, April 25, 2014.
Registration for the Race is now open and can be completed online at www.komengreaterfw.org. An “Early Bird Registration” discount of $10 off registration is available for participants who register from now until midnight Friday, November 28.
Featuring a 5K and 1-mile fun run, many participants choose to use the Race as an opportunity for competition, but running or even walking isn’t necessary to participate. Supporters can also “Sleep in for the Cure®” or participate by fundraising or making a donation in honor of another participant or loved one.
The family-friendly event will also feature a breast cancer survivor parade, Kids for the Cure activities, including a bounce house and cupcake walk, as well as the KoMEN Cave – an area of the Race dedicated to male breast cancer survivors and men who support the cause, featuring a classic car show, pull-up challenge and a technology area.
The Race for the Cure® raises funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivors and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. The largest fundraiser for Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth, 75 percent of the funds raised support breast cancer detection, treatment and education locally in Tarrant, Parker, Johnson and Hood counties, with the remaining 25 percent going to national research initiatives.
“Funds raised through the Race for the Cure in 2014 allowed Komen Greater Fort Worth to fund six grants to community organizations for a total of $600,000,” said Ann Greenhill, interim executive director.
Registration fees and fundraising dollars help to fund grants to local organizations providing free and low-cost 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; and education about the warning signs of breast cancer, methods of early detection and the latest treatment options.
Since 1992, more than 217,000 people have participated in the local Race for the Cure, raising more than $22 million dollars for the cause. Of that $22 million, $18 million has stayed in the Greater Fort Worth community through Komen grants, and $4 million has gone towards national research.