24th Annual Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure

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More than 20,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall this past Saturday to “Make Mom Proud” at the 24th Annual Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure®, held on Mother’s Day weekend for the first time this year.

Storms that raged through Friday night ended Saturday morning just as people were beginning to arrive at the festivities taking place near the Washington Monument. Hundreds of survivors gathered for an inspiring breakfast and ceremony featuring WWE Divas Layla and Alicia Fox. Eric Brinker helped honor the Race’s top fundraisers, thanking them for their incredible passion and dedication to raising funds to support women and men throughout the National Capital Area.

Opening ceremonies kicked off at 7:30 a.m., featuring emcees Alison Starling and Jacqui Jeras from WJLA, a moving national anthem from Clifton Ross III and songs from the Howard Gospel Choir. The 2013 Survivor of the Year, Dr. Michelle Craig, and Co-Survivor of the Year, Leo Titus, led the survivor parade as a sea of pink t-shirts swarmed the main stage area.

Following the survivor parade, Komen Global Race Local Ambassador and wide receiver for the Washington Redskins Josh Morgan took the stage with his godmother, Sonya Strickland, a local triple negative breast cancer survivor. Morgan shared that he was happy to be “making mom proud” by participating in the Global Race, honoring not only his godmother, but mothers and women everywhere.

Josh Morgan & godmother, Sonya Strickland

Stories from local grantees Shyrea Thompson Robinson of DC Pink Divas and Mandi Pratt-Chapman of George Washington Cancer Institute, survivor Kristi Mangan and co-survivor Laura Titus reminded all of those in attendance of the day’s importance and how the fight against breast cancer is far from over. Komen founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker insisted that while our organization may have begun with a promise between she and her sister, Suzy, every single Race participant in D.C. and across the country has helped Komen grow into a global movement and make such significant progress in the fight against breast cancer.

Members of the Hill provided great support for this year’s Race as well. We were excited to have Congresswoman and survivor Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Congressman Aaron Schock serving as this year’s Honorary Global Race Co-Chairs. Congressman Gerry Connolly and The Honorable Ray LaHood were in attendance at the event, each sharing their personal commitments to ending this disease.

Refreshed and reminded of the importance of each step they take, WTOP’s Bob Madigan led the countdown as runners lined up to start the Race. Meanwhile, walkers stretched and danced with Holly Perkins and WWE Divas Layla and Alicia Fox, heading out a few minutes later, led by the energetic jams of Chicago-based group Charizma.

Best Dressed Survivor Winners

A light sprinkle greeted participants as they returned from their trek across the nation’s capital, but that didn’t stop attendees young and old from dancing and celebrating with Charizma after the Race. We also got to see some very creative costumes at the always-memorable “Best Dressed Survivor” contest, judged by WWE Divas Layla and Alicia Fox.

It was truly a special day, and we are so thrilled that everyone came out to “Make Mom Proud” this Mother’s Day weekend. Be sure to check out the pictures on Facebook and watch the highlights from the day’s events below.

We would like to give a huge “THANK YOU!” to each of this year’s Global Race participants, as well as our sponsors/partners, special guests, volunteers and everyone else who helped make this event possible. And a special thanks to all who shared their experience in the social space because #GlobalRace and @KomenfortheCure was trending in the D.C. area all morning!

Komen grants in the National Capital Area currently total $7.3 million, funding 18 community education and treatment centers. Thanks to all of you, we can continue to fund these lifesaving programs and get one step closer to ending breast cancer forever.

Stay tuned for information regarding next year’s Global Race! We hope to see you there.

For more information about the 2013 Global Race, check out our full press release or visit GlobalRacefortheCure.org

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Susan G. Komen has written 342 articles for Susan G. Komen® | Blog

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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sherryl.w.jacobs Sherryl Whitten Jacobs

    Team “DMV Lady Vets” had a wonderful time again this year, and we are looking forward to 2014. Thanks for what you do.