The annual Komen Race for the Cure® was declared an overwhelming success in the fight against Breast Cancer. This year’s event saw record-setting support from corporate sponsors breaking the $200,000 cash sponsor amount for the first time. Combining in-kind sponsors with cash, almost $500,000 was given to the Race through corporate support.
Saturday’s event brought over 25,000 people to Brentwood to brave the cold and rain to help Susan G. Komen with breast cancer programs and research. The Race for the Cure is Komen’s largest annual fundraiser and brings in over $1 million in cash support for local breast cancer screenings, treatment and education; as well as international research to find a cure for breast cancer. Donations can still be made toward this event at www.komennashville.org.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Oftentimes, the biggest barrier to receiving healthcare is lack of resources. Seventy-five percent of funds raised from the Komen Greater Nashville Race for the Cure help support local breast health programs for women in need and treatment services to underserved women in the community. Komen-funded partners include the American Cancer Society, Siloam, Saint Thomas, Nashville General Hospital, YMCA and more – a full list of grantees can be found at www.komennashville.org/grants. The remaining 25 percent goes directly into the Komen Global Research Fund to energize science to find the cure. Over $4 million in Komen research grants are currently active at Vanderbilt.