Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2013

03/01/2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 1, 2013) -- Thousands of Southwest Florida community members are pulling out their running or walking shoes, banners, and pink attire in preparation for the 2013 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on March 9 at Coconut Point in Estero, Fla.

Now in its seventh year in Southwest Florida, the Race will again be a community wide effort to fight breast cancer on a very local level. Sponsors, survivors, families and volunteers will join together in the fight against breast cancer.

Monies raised from last year’s race funded grants to 12 non-profit organizations in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The grants provide education and support, diagnostic screening, treatment, and access to care for the uninsured and underinsured. This year, 13 organizations have requested grants for a total of $1.4 million.

Hundreds in Southwest Florida will benefit from services provided by these grants, noted Charlie Myrick, executive director for the Southwest Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. And if the organization reaches its goal, hundreds more can be helped.

“The need for treatment and support has grown exponentially in our community,” added Myrick. “Our residents need to know that Race for the Cure benefits the people right here in our neighborhoods.”

Seventy five percent of funds raised stay in the local community. Since 2002, that totals $5.5 million given in grants locally. No money from the local area goes toward any expenses on the corporate level. The remaining 25 percent is specifically for national breast cancer research programs. Susan G. Komen funds 200 percent more breast cancer research than any other non-profit organization.

Race for the Cure is a sanctioned chip timed 5K race that includes a non-competitive 5K run/walk and one-mile fun run/walk. Race for the Cure starts at 8:15 a.m. behind the Hollywood Theatres at Coconut Point. A survivor recognition celebration will take place prior to the Race at 7:30 a.m. and race awards follow the Race. Individuals and teams can register for Race for the Cure at www.komenrace.org or call (239) 498-0016.