Join the Local Fight Against Breast Cancer at the Susan G. Komen Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure® on October 9

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Give strength to the local fight against breast cancer by participating in or donating to the 7th Annual Susan G. Komen Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure®. The fundraiser takes place Sunday morning, Oct. 9, in Flat Branch Park in historic downtown Columbia. Register online at http://www.komenmissouri.org/MidMoRace.

The Komen Mid-Missouri Race raises funds for the local fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivors and honors those who have lost their lives to the disease.

The funds raised at the Komen Mid-Missouri Race will directly impact the breast health needs of local women, men and families. Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised by Komen Missouri stays in the local community to fund lifesaving breast cancer screening, breast health education and patient support programs. The remaining 25 percent funds cutting-edge, global breast cancer research.

The Race includes a 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun walk. For more serious runners or those pursuing personal fitness goals, the timed run offers electronic timing and a separate starting corral. Participants can form or join teams in honor or memory of a loved one to make an even greater impact. Those who cannot attend in person may choose the Sleep In for the Cure option.

The Komen Mid-Missouri Race supports Komen Missouri’s year-round mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever. The support of the community is vital to the continued local impact of the Komen Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure.

Support from Komen Mid-Missouri Race sponsors helps ensure more money can go directly to the fight against breast cancer. The 2016 platinum sponsors are KRCG TV 13 and Cumulus Radio. Gold sponsors are the Missourian and The Networks of Mid-Missouri. The Columbia Daily Tribune is a Bronze sponsor. Pewter sponsors include Boone Hospital Center, Gerbes, Inside Columbia, Joe Machens Dealerships, and Missouri Cancer Associates. The Workout Sponsor is Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

Registration for the 2016 Komen Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure is open through Race day at www.komenmissouri.org/MidMoRace. All Race registration fees, fundraising dollars and donations help give strength to the fight against breast cancer.

Komen Mid-Missouri Race Team Profile: Brady Glass

For Team Brady Glass, the Susan G. Komen Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure is personal.

“There’s nothing more important to us Bradys as the fight against breast cancer,” says Joshua Brady. “We all witnessed Doris Brady – my mom and Jerry Brady’s wife – fight for six long years against this disease. We are for anything that helps bring awareness to this disease. We think more awareness means more funding to scientists battling to find a cure. I hope sometime soon nobody else will have to lose a mom or a wife to breast cancer.”

komenmidmorace_brady1Josh Brady’s team has participated in the Komen Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure since the event’s inaugural year, 2010, the first year after his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.

For a company like Brady Glass, losing Doris was like losing a family member.

“Even our employees that don’t have the last name Brady felt like they lost a mom when my mom passed away in January 2015,” said Josh. “It is the least we can do to get up early and support these ladies that are going through the same exact thing my mom went through. We also want to be there for the families that are impacted by breast cancer; sometimes their emotional fight is forgotten.”

komenmidmorace_brady2Participating in the Komen Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure is so important to the Bradys that Josh has overlooked his own pain in order to be there. “I had a bad motorcycle accident in June 2013. Up to that point, I hadn’t missed a Race.” After knee surgery that August, his only goal was to make it to and through the Race. “As painful as it was, I did make it all the way to the finish line.”

Two years later, the 2015 Race was the first without his mom. “Our entire family and company made it to the Race,” said Josh. “We finished last by a long shot, but we did it together!”

komenmidmorace_brady3The Bradys don’t have to do much to convince people to join their Komen Mid-Missouri Race Team. Their coworkers and employees know how much this fundraiser means to Josh and his family. Even customers and friends outside of the company are participating on the Brady Glass Team.

“You don’t have to know someone that had breast cancer to get a team together,” says Josh. “The event is full of life, music, dancing. It’s a celebration of people who need to be picked up and encouraged. I believe we could all use events like this that bring people together for a great cause.”

The 7th Annual Susan G. Komen Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure® takes place on Sunday morning, Oct. 9, in Flat Branch Park in historic downtown Columbia. Register online at http://www.komenmissouri.org/MidMoRace.

The funds raised at the Komen Mid-Missouri Race will directly impact the breast health needs of local women, men and families. Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised by Komen Missouri stays in the local community to fund lifesaving breast cancer screening, breast health education and patient support programs. The remaining 25 percent funds cutting-edge, global breast cancer research.

My Race for the Cure Impressions

Guest Writer: Sarah Reed, Komen Missouri Communications and Marketing Intern

This year’s Susan G. Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure® was the first Race for the Cure that I have ever attended. I had heard of some of my friends participating in honor of their family members who have battled breast cancer, but I had never physically gone to the Race. From pictures and videos of previous years, the Race had seemed like an incredible experience and event. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to take part in planning the event this year.

As a new member of the team, I had been anticipating the Race for the weeks I had been in the office. At Komen Missouri, there is so much preparation before the Race between new registrations, T-shirts, sponsors and beyond. Also, there were many people working endless hours to ensure that the Race was going to be a successful event. I was amazed by the dedication and commitment that the committee members and volunteers put into the Race.

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Sarah (right) and Janet before the sunrise on Komen Greater St. Louis Race Day 2016

The Friday before the Race was a preparation day. It consisted of long hours in the heat, heavy lifting, and a lot of teamwork. I focused on helping our sponsors get settled at their tent sites on Sponsors’ Row. By the end of the day, we were all exhausted, but we knew that our hard work would pay off in the morning. Needless to say, I was thrilled to see it all come together Saturday morning.

I arrived at the Race site around five am on Saturday morning. Even though I am not the biggest morning person, I could hardly wait to get to the site on Race Day. There were a large number of volunteers setting up the site such as the Survivor Pavilion and the Main Stage. I got see behind the stage, which was a really exciting experience. I also had to the opportunity to meet with the Pink Tie Guys and many of our top sponsors before they went on stage.

I think the most memorable moment of the Race was the Survivor Procession. It was very inspirational to see all of the pink shirts representing the battle and defeat of breast cancer. I loved seeing our executive director, Helen Chesnut, leading the procession. She has been a survivor for 10 years now. Watching and cheering on the survivors was a very emotional moment for me. I was able to see so much strength from our community all dressed in pink.

I also had the opportunity to stand at the finish line with last spring’s intern, Claire. Our role was to get the names of the timed participants who finished first in different categories. It was amazing to see the intense effort that the runners put into the race. It was clear to see that they put every ounce of energy into finishing the race. Their hard work represented the ongoing fight to end breast cancer for good.

Now that the Greater St. Louis Race is over, I am extremely excited to help plan our next events, including the Komen Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure in Columbia, where I will be in the fall, finishing my last year at Mizzou. I cannot wait to get my collegiate friends and peers involved with the upcoming events in Columbia.

 

Help Finish the Race Strong!

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Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure post-Race registration and fundraising continues through July 31.
Help us get closer to our 2016 event fundraising goal so we can help more people in our community who are most at risk of breast cancer and most in need of access to quality breast health care.
Thank you for your support!

2016 Komen Greater St. Louis Race Honorary Co-Chairs: Kolten and Alissa Wong

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St. Louis Cardinals Second Baseman Kolten Wong and his wife Alissa will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the 18th Annual Susan G. Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure®, to be held Saturday, June 11, in downtown St. Louis.

Kolten Wong is the second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, and played college baseball for the University of Hawaii, where he met his wife, Alissa. He has a big place in his heart for fighting cancer as he has lost both his mother and his uncle to their battles recently. Through losing people that he cared so much about, he knew he wanted to make a difference and help raise awareness and funding. He wants to help give an opportunity for more people to beat breast cancer.

Alissa Wong was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was raised in Ohio. She furthered her track career running for University of Hawaii. Like Kolten, Alissa has had family members battle with cancer, including a grandmother and an aunt who are both breast cancer survivors.

“Kolten and I are extremely honored to have the opportunity to be this year’s Honorary Co-Chairs of the 2016 Susan G. Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure,” says Alissa Wong. “The opportunity to give back to the community of St. Louis and those who are battling breast cancer is extremely humbling. Our hope is that this year’s Race gives those who are battling breast cancer or celebrating life as a breast cancer survivor the comfort in knowing that the St. Louis Cardinals as well as the St. Louis community are cheering for them along the way. We are so humbled to be a part of this.”

“We are thrilled to have Kolten and Alissa Wong serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 2016 Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure,” said Helen Chesnut, executive director of Susan G. Komen Missouri. “With their support of Komen Missouri’s mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever, there is great potential to make an important impact in the fight against breast cancer in the Greater St. Louis region.”

Register now for the 2016 Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure.

We Love Early Birds!

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Be among the first to register for the 2016 Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure – and save!

The Susan G. Komen Greater St. Louis Race for the Cure® raises significant funds for local breast cancer programs and breast cancer research, celebrates breast cancer survivors and forever fighters, and honors those we have lost to the disease. 100% of the net proceeds are allocated to Komen Missouri’s mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer.

Early registration ends February 14.

Register today.

Your Race registration, fundraising and donations give strength to the local fight against breast cancer!

2016 Race for the Cure T-shirt Design

TShirtContest_612x612_WinnerHere it is: the official 2016 Race for the Cure T-shirt that you helped pick! The winning T-shirt designer is Simona Gentile from Rome. Italy. Thank you to all who voted.

Save the date for the 2016 Komen St. Louis Race: Saturday, June 11.