Weekend Race for the Cure Recap – Western New York, Quad Cities, North Texas, NC Triangle
Dedicated Komen supporters came in every shade of pink this past weekend. Race participants stayed spirited through the rain, embraced their Texas pride, and survivors shared their inspiring stories.
WIVB reports that it was a sea of pink Saturday at Delaware Park as more than 6,000 people turned out for this year’s Komen Western New York Race which raised over $500,000. WGRZ and Buffalo News covered the event as well, which featured a prerace Parade of Survivors and a post-race party. According to the Western New York Affiliate, “The rain could not dampen the spirit or enthusiasm of the 6,000+ participants who joined in the festivities.”
On the streets of Moline, more than 8,600 people gathered under a beautiful sky for the Komen Quad Cities Race. Participants enjoyed a band, pink glove dance, Kids Zone and much more, and the event raised almost $4.9 million – pretty impressive for the event’s first fundraising year. Quad-City Times, Quad Cities Online, KWQC and WHBF covered the event, pointing out that for many, the event brought hope and support.
The Plano Star Courier highlighted the 22nd annual Komen North Texas Race in Plano. The special survivor area had a western theme, and was decked out in cowboy hats, wagon wheels and bandanas. And, in true Texas style, the scenic Race course took participants right past longhorns and buffalo!
A cheering crowd kicked off runners at the Komen NC Triangle Race, and several survivors shared their personal ties to the cause with NBC 17. One special element of the NC Triangle Race was a “Wall of Hope” where survivors and their friends and family members left messages of courage, strength and love, and local residents decked their yards with pink lawn art. Local Duke University researcher Dr. Kimberly Blackwall spoke passionately to survivors about the “good news” that is coming from research and the importance of continued funding. WRAL, Examiner.com and News Observer also feature the Race and those that were excited to come out and enjoy the perfect weather while getting closer to ending breast cancer forever.
Komen Deutschland’s Race in Cologne, Germany is coming up next weekend, so stay tuned!
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.