Race for a World Without Breast Cancer

Race Large Banner_2014Every day of the year, Susan G. Komen St. Louis stays focused on its mission: to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

The inspiration for this mission is a promise made between two sisters.

Thirty years ago, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Suzy Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise launched the global breast cancer movement. More than three decades later, Susan G. Komen® has changed how the world talks about breast cancer and is the only breast cancer organization attacking the disease on all fronts: in community outreach, research, education, advocacy and global work.

Here in St. Louis, Komen’s promise inspires the organization’s mission on a local level: meeting the breast health needs of the women, men and families in our community – especially those most in need and most at risk. Komen St. Louis funds local breast health and breast cancer programs serving those who may not otherwise have access due to low income, lack of insurance or other barriers. Komen St. Louis also helps to fund groundbreaking global breast cancer research, including research happening right now in St. Louis.

Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised through the Komen St. Louis Race stays in the St. Louis community to fund innovative breast health and breast cancer screening, education and patient navigation programs. The remaining 25 percent goes toward groundbreaking global breast cancer research programs. Since 1999, Komen St. Louis funding has supported dozens of local organizations providing breast health services to those who may not otherwise have access.

More than 100 percent of the funds invested by Komen St. Louis since 1999 has remained in or returned to the St. Louis region.

The Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure is one event, held on one day, that helps make possible this year-round work in support of our mission. Everyone who registers for the Race, makes a donation or helps to fundraise is making an impact in the fight against breast cancer.

On June 14, celebrate breast cancer survivors and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease. Help raise money for local breast health services and global breast cancer research. Help keep an important promise – a promise made between two sisters that now gives hope to so many. On June 14, let’s race for a world without breast cancer.

Join us for the 16th Annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure on Saturday, June 14. Visit www.komenstlouis.org.

Why do you race? Share your story: prstories@komenstlouis.org.

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