2012 Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure
The 2012 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series kicked off in a exceptional way this past weekend with the 2nd Bahamas Race for the Cure in Nassau. With a population of only 300,000, the Bahamas is a close-knit community of generosity and support. This support is called up when a family member is diagnosed with breast cancer, a disease that strikes on average 20 years earlier than in the U.S. and leaves many families without mothers, daughters and wives. In only two years, this Race has become a rallying cry for Bahamians that they’ve had enough and will not tolerate death from breast cancer.
As participants were gathering in the darkness on Church Street, a young boy, no older than 12, took to the stage to honor his mother, a 2-year survivor celebrating her birthday at the Race. In the crowd were many young survivors, some holding babies and others with young children in tow. These strong women were surrounded by more than 1,000 co-survivors and supporters from the Bahamas, Canada and the U.S. The energy was palpable as the gun was fired and the crowd made their way across the Atlantis Bridge to Paradise Island as daylight was breaking.
Arriving at the waterfront on Paradise Island, the participants gathered to honor the 100+ survivors in attendance. The most memorable moment of the morning came as the survivors made their way to the stage to be serenaded by a local gospel group and show the Bahamian face of breast cancer survivorship from one year to 25+.
Susan G. Komen’s partnership with Marathon Bahamas to execute this event is a special one that will continue to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer programming for many years to come. There is much work to be done to improve the lives of women diagnosed with breast cancer in the Bahamas, but by working together with local NGOs such as the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and the Bahamas Breast Cancer Initiative Foundation, progress will be made.
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.