This Sunday, I walked in my first Susan G Komen Race for the Cure with my 10-year-old daughter, Emily. What an amazing experience and a beautiful array of pink! My daughter and I painted our nails pink, dyed our hair pink, and sported pink angel wings. After the walk, our group went to breakfast together. I wanted to share with you what happened next. On the drive home, my daughter asked me about breast cancer. "How do you find out about it? What happens next? What do you do?" I used this as an opportunity to educate her in a positive way. What a great bonding moment as mother/daughter! I am so happy my daughter learned about breast cancer at the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure. Like all of us, she will somehow be impacted by breast cancer in her life, through a loved one, a friend, a family member. She now knows that there is an amazing network of survivors, supporters and friends. And she doesn't need to be afraid. The walk is now an annual tradition in my family. Thank you!
Read about these honorary survivors at http://www.komencoloradosouth.org/about-us/affiliate-spotlight
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The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Since its inception in 1983, the Komen Race for the Cure series has grown from one local Race with 800 participants to a global series of more than 140 Races with more than 1.6 million people participating on four continents.
Komen welcomes people of all ages and fitness levels, from walkers to elite runners. This unique event is designed and implemented to promote positive awareness, education and early detection of breast cancer. It has proved to be an enormously effective way to reach many women and men with the message that breast cancer is not necessarily fatal if mammography and breast self-exam become routine.
As well as being a road race for runners, the Komen Race for the Cure is an emotionally charged event that attracts many first timers and recreational runners. The Komen Race for the Cure is an opportunity for thousands of women, men and their families, running or walking, to spread the breast cancer message within their communities.
Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised at the Race remain here in the Komen Southeastern Colorado Affiliate to provide breast health research, diagnostics, screening, treatment, services and education for uninsured or underinsured women. The remaining 25 percent goes to fund national research to discover the causes of breast cancer and, ultimately, its cures.
Every step counts! Your donation provides women and men in the Komen Southeastern Colorado Affiliate with services that have literally saved lives. You help make the following programs possible: