It’s time to join the fight against breast cancer! Second only to skin cancer, breast cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer found in women. And this earth-shattering disease does not discriminate. A particular age, race, socioeconomic status and even gender is not immune or without risk. This year alone, 200,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, and an additional 50,000 women will be diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer. Nearly 40,000 women will die this year from the disease, but there is hope!
Susan G. Komen is world-renowned for its work in the fight against breast cancer with its fundraising and research, including its largest and most successful fundraising event—The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®. This year, the goal for the 2014 Komen Coastal Georgia Race for the Cure® is to have 5,000 participants and raise $200,000. Based on the success of the 2013 event, this should be no problem. Last year’s Race Teams granted $345,000 to our community’s education, screening and treatment services. All of the funds raised from the race goes towards prevention, screening and research to aid in the fight against breast cancer. And what may be surprising to many is that 75% of those funds will stay right here in our local Coastal Georgia community!
The 6th Annual Race for the Cure® will take place on April 12 at 8:15 a.m. at Telfair Square in the Savannah Historic District. While the 5K and one-mile walk are bright and early on Saturday, the whole weekend will host events especially for survivors and their families, including a Friday reception and a Saturday morning café. Participants can sign up online for $35 or on Race Day for $45. If participating in the race itself is not your idea of a walk in the park (pun intended), you can also volunteer or donate to the cause.
With one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, you never know who in your life will face this disease. Do your part, earn some karmic points and get involved! For more information on the race or the disease, visit the Susan G. Komen website.
Stay In Savannah has two downtown Savannah hotels in the Savannah Historic District that are walking distance from the race—just in case you won’t get enough walking/running during the event. And if you want to be a little removed from the craziness, we also have two midtown Savannah hotels, close to shopping, dining and more!