Why the Movement Matters
This weekend in Palm Beach, Florida, Komen kicks off the 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series with the 20th anniversary of the South Florida Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. There are now more than 1 million people running in more than 140 Komen races in countries all around the world – a huge jump from the 800 brave souls who first gathered in Dallas for the first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in 1982.
Some run to win, others to remember or celebrate a friend or loved one who is surviving a breast cancer diagnosis. They raise funds for research and the Komen programs that serve millions of women every day.
The Komen Race for the Cure series is open to everyone– young, old, rich, poor, and the famous. Among the famous? Hoda Kotb, NBC network host, who is a breast cancer survivor and honorary chair of the Palm Beach race.
Hoda talks here with Kelley Dunn of Channel 5 in Palm Beach about her own experience with breast cancer, what that first Race as a breast cancer survivor meant to her – and why the movement matters.
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 and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen 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.