WILMINGTON, NC – Walking and running through the city’s historic downtown district within a stone’s throw of area beaches, while sharing memories and encouragement with people whose lives have been touched by breast cancer, will be the focus of the Inaugural Wilmington Race for the Cure®.
Hosted by the North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the family event will be held Saturday, March 2, and will feature 5K Race/Walks, a Kid Zone and a Survivor Breakfast, all in support of a cause dedicated to saving lives. www.komennctc.org
An estimated 6,000 women in North Carolina will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and over 1,000 of them will die. In eastern North Carolina, the incidence of breast cancer and the mortality rate from the disease are even higher, by 11 percent and 20 percent, respectively.
“No woman’s life should be dependent on her geography,” says Pam Kohl, executive director of the Raleigh-based Susan G. Komen Affiliate and a breast cancer survivor.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the U.S.
The North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate last year added nine counties in southeastern North Carolina to the 20 counties it already was serving. Its Komen Triangle Race for the Cure, which celebrated its 16th year in 2012, has attracted as many 23,000 participants in the past.
Last year, with funds it raised, the North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate distributed $1.1 million to 19 agencies in the region to provide a continuum of breast health services to underinsured and uninsured women, and contributed another $400,000 for national breast cancer research.
That same year, Dallas-based Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one of the largest fundraising charities in the U.S. to fight breast cancer, returned $2.4 million to the region in the form of research grants to Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“The Race for the Cure presents us with an opportunity to celebrate and honor the lives affected by this disease, while also impacting local residents by raising funds to support education, screening and treatment programs in our community,” says Kohl.
To register for the Inaugural Wilmington Race for the Cure, arrange accommodations, or to find out more about Komen for the Cure, visit www.komennctc.org.