Memorial Day Weekend Race for the Cure Recap – Ghana, Italy and Detroit
On Friday, over 17,000 participants gathered for the 2nd Ghana Race for the Cure. Vice President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama spoke at the event, pointing out that many women in Ghana wait too long to seek care when noticing a change in their breast. He also insisted that the tendencies to resort to herbal and spiritual treatment and to blame breast cancer and other diseases on the activities of witches and wizards have made the disease so devastating in Ghana. AllAfrica.com and PEACE FM Online discuss the Race and the breast cancer burden in Ghana.
Despite the rain in Detroit on Saturday (right before the walk started), thousands of breast cancer survivors and advocates were still excited to walk the Komen Detroit Race. Komen Detroit even had a great ceremony of Honor Guards for the Survivor parade. The Detroit Free Press reported that passion for the cause was in no short supply and participants seemed excited to join together in the fight against breast cancer. CW Detroit shares some photos from the event.
And last but not least, Komen Italia held a 3-day event starting on Friday in celebration of the 6th annual Bari Race for the Cure on Sunday. Friday and Saturday were dedicated to education and prevention while 12,000 participants and nearly 900 “Ladies in Pink” gathered at the Piazzale Prefettura on Sunday to walk 3.1 miles in the Komen Bari Race for the Cure. The most emotional moment of the event was when the participants launched pink balloons after the Race as a reminder of the many women who have lost their lives to breast cancer.
Many thanks to all who walked, ran, donated and volunteered at all of our Races last weekend. Our work isn’t possible without your support.
Up next weekend:
– the Komen South Central Wisconsin Race for the Cure in Madison, WI,
– the Komen Connecticut Race for the Cure in Hartford, CT,
– the Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure in Seattle, WA and
– the Komen Deutschland Race for the Cure in Hamburg, Germany
You can find your local Komen Race for the Cure here.
About the author
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.