Today we have the pleasure of hosting a guest blogger: Jaclyn Acree, media contact for the Susan G. Komen San Diego Race for the Cure. Read below for her release on the upcoming Race for the Cure here in San Diego on November 2nd!
“The Race is our largest fundraiser that provides critical funding for women who are in need of life-saving services that they may not otherwise be able to afford,” said Laura Farmer Sherman, executive director of Susan G. Komen San Diego. “We provide free mammograms, education, financial assistance for living expenses, food assistance, transportation and more – all thanks to those fundraising and participating in the Race.”
The Race for the Cure raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates survivors and honors those who have lost their battle with this heartbreaking and increasingly occurring disease. When San Diegans participate, their donations go directly to help breast cancer patients in San Diego, as well as toward research grants internationally.
New this year, San Diego Chargers players, place kicker Nick Novak and safety Jahleel Addae, will serve as the Honorary Chairs. Novak and Addae both have someone close to them who has been affected by breast cancer. They will be the Chargers’ spokespeople for the Race and encourage fans to join Team Chargers.
Participating in the Race helps Komen provide free services for every step of the breast cancer journey:
- Diagnostic mammograms, biopsies, MRI’s, ultrasounds and more for qualified women who have nowhere to turn when breast cancer strikes
- Temporary financial aid – including rent, mortgage, prescription drug payments and more
- Meal delivery for a woman and her entire family
- Intensive patient navigation – complete with emotional support for all
- The world’s largest investment of breast cancer research – next to the U.S. government. Right now, $42 million is at work to find the cures!
- Wherever there’s a gap – Komen fills it
This year’s honorary survivor, Lorraine Hutchinson, will join forces to stand up against breast cancer along with more than 15,000 San Diegans. Hutchinson, the first African American woman Deputy Chief in the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, was diagnosed with Stage IB breast cancer four months after being diagnosed with diabetes and struggling to lose 35 pounds. After having an initial mammogram she was asked to come back for a follow up. Hutchinson took her time going back in because she was not too concerned as she did not have a family history of cancer. Six weeks after diagnosis, she underwent a mastectomy of her left breast followed by four treatments of chemotherapy. Hutchinson no longer has breast cancer or diabetes.
“I did not have a family history of breast cancer so I didn’t believe that I was at risk. I hope my role as the Honorary Survivor will help educate San Diegans, especially in the African American community, that early detection and education is imperative,” said Hutchinson. “I want people to think about how I fought it, how I won, and how I came out even better on the other end.”
The Local Presenting Sponsors are Jerome’s Furniture Store, Ralphs and Food for Less. The Local Presenting Media Sponsors are CBS 8, JACK FM and 760 AM. Platinum sponsors include Chevron, Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air and Reputation Impression.
For additional information about the San Diego Race for the Cure, forming a team, fundraising, recruiting team members or to register click here.
About the Race for the Cure
The Komen Race for the Cure is a unique event, 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 doesn’t have to be fatal if regular mammograms and breast self-exams 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. It is an opportunity for thousands of women, men and their families, running or walking, to share a message of hope and inspiration with their communities.
About Susan G. Komen San Diego
Since its inception in 1995, Komen San Diego has raised more than $12.5 million to fund local non-profits who provide everything from free diagnostic mammograms and surgeries to meal delivery, child care and temporary financial aid. Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised stays right here in San Diego County to fund free diagnostic mammograms, treatment and services for qualified women and their families. The remaining 25 percent funds international breast cancer research. In fact, next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world. For more information, please visit www.komensandiego.org.