Breast cancer affects almost every one. It could be you, a loved one or friend. For 25 years the “Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure” has been working to make a difference for survivors and this year the race will be different too.
“We’ve evolved from a ‘Race for the Cure’ to a ‘More Than Pink Walk’. It’s the best of ‘Race for the Cure’ combined with an intense engagement experience for our survivors and women living with metastatic and all of our fundraisers to understand the impact that their fundraising and participation has on our community and breast cancer research,” said Kate Flannery, the race’s executive director.
Colored tents will be set up for topics like research, care, community and advocate activities and information. There will be food and music as well.
“It is owned by this community. A core group of volunteers work hard all year long in order to execute this event and obviously we have great participation from our community, our partners, like I said Upstate Cancer Center has stepped up for us to really demonstrate what it is we are going to do this year in order to support women who are fighting breast cancer,” said Flannery. “It’s going to be a great morning and we’re so excited.”
Locally almost 7 million dollars are raised and put back into the community for screening, treatments and education. Another 4 million goes into research. About 43,000 people die every year from breast cancer.
“I’d like to think that we’ve been very impactful in educating the fact that breast cancer is a family of diseases, it’s not one type of disease. And there are different metastatic, it has a whole different experience when it has left the breast and moved to somewhere else and is much more life threatening. We need to respond to that more effectively because we cannot continue to lose women,” Flannery said. “We are putting our complete and full attention to make sure we lower our mortality rate, we have a bold goal of lowering it by 50% in the next 6 years through access and through research.”
The CNY More Than Pink Walk is Saturday, May 18th at the New York State Fairgrounds Chevy Court. For a schedule of events and to register visit Info-Komen.org