Susan G. Komen Houston Officially Kicks Off Race for the Cure Registrations

HOUSTON (August 17, 2017) – Susan G. Komen® Houston has officially opened registration for its 27th annual Susan G. Komen Houston Race for the Cure®. On October 7, 2017, Komen Houston will unite thousands of supporters, advocates and breast cancer survivors in Downtown Houston to run, walk and be “More Than Pink,” raising necessary funds to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.

While there is a 38 percent decrease in breast cancer mortality since 1989, in 2017, over 40,000 women in the U.S. will die from breast cancer. The 2017 Race for the Cure® is themed “More than Pink,” as Komen Houston encourages supporters to take the extra step to create a team and start fundraising. Local fundraising will help Komen Houston work towards the bold goal of cutting breast cancer deaths in half as 75 cents of every dollar raised goes into the Houston community to fund the screening, treatment and support of local breast cancer patients. The remaining 25 cents is given to fund cutting-edge research where it exists, both in Houston’s state-of-the-art Medical Center and in other centers across the country. 

To date, Komen Houston has invested over $50 million to more than 65 local organizations to provide services throughout Houston to underinsured and uninsured men and women who receive life-saving breast cancer screenings, treatment, transportation, and other necessary supportive services.  In 2017, Komen Houston is proud to call Baylor College of Medicine, D’Feet Breast Cancer, Inc., Spring Branch Community Health, Sisters Network Inc., Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation, The Rose, The University of Texas Medical Branch, and more, its 2017 grantees.

“One in eight Houstonians is diagnosed with breast cancer,” Emelda Douglas, executive director of Komen Houston said. “I am touched hearing our many breast cancer survivor stories, and our work is more relevant than ever as we are committed to working together with Houstonians to eradicate this disease forever. Race participation and fundraising is crucial to reduce the number of deaths due to breast cancer.”

Runners and walkers, alike, can sign up to participate in the Komen Houston Race for the Cure® by forming a new team, joining an existing team or by registering on their own. The 2017 Komen Houston Race for the Cure® route is a USATF 5K course with running and walking events, including a 5K timed competitive run, 5K timed non-competitive run and a 5K walk and family walk.

For more information regarding Komen Houston, Race for the Cure® or any of its other events, please contact Allie Danziger at 713-225-0880 orallie@integrateagency.com.

About Susan G. Komen® Houston

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided more than $1.7 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.

Established in 1990 by passionate volunteers to support the individuals in need throughout the Houston area, Komen® Houston has granted over $50 million to local programs for breast cancer education and awareness campaigns, life-saving screening and treatment programs, and innovative cutting edge research.  Serving Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties, Komen Houston continues its commitment to fundraising so that underinsured and uninsured Houstonians battling breast cancer can get the treatment and support they need.   

If you would like to learn about volunteer opportunities, get information about the Komen Houston Race for the Cure® and other events, visit www.komen-houston.org or call 713-783-9188

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