Celebrating the 22nd annual Global Race with Vice President & Dr. Biden
In what is fast becoming an annual tradition, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden for the third year in a row served as the Honorary Chairs for the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure® in Washington, D.C. And while they were unable to join us in person for the June 4 event, they once again graciously opened their home to more than 200 breast cancer survivors, supporters and community leaders for our annual Global Race Celebration at the Naval Observatory on June 10.
Our founder and CEO, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, reminded everyone that in a town often divided by the political colors red and blue, we all boldly wear pink as a show of our united fight against breast cancer. And with events like last week’s Global Race, we are making a big impact in communities all across the world. Thanks to the generous support of our partners, supporters and the tens of thousands of Global Race participants from across the National Capital Area – and the world – who walked, ran and fundraised over the past year, we raised $5 million that will enable us to continue our work investing in local community breast health education, screening and treatment programs. It will also help us build on our work globally to share our knowledge and experience and to fund education and breast health services in regions where few exist.
Dr. Biden, a long-time advocate in the fight against breast cancer, was introduced at the celebration by TODAY Show co-host and breast cancer survivor Hoda Kotb. In her remarks, Dr. Biden noted that “some of us are in the midst of battling breast cancer, some have beaten it, and some have lost a loved one to this terrible disease, but all of us must be a part of the race to find a cure.”
Doing her own part to empower women in this fight, Dr. Biden founded The Biden Breast Health Initiative in Delaware nearly 20 years ago, which has now trained more than 10,000 high school girls about the importance of early detection, breast cancer prevention and good health.
“Many of you know that I became actively involved in the fight against breast cancer about 20 years ago after several of my friends were diagnosed with the disease. One of those friends lost her battle and I saw then just what a terrible adversary breast cancer could be,” said Dr. Biden. “My answer was to approach the problem as an educator.”
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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.