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.
For the first time, we’re taking audiences behind the scenes and beyond the sound bites to show everyone the depth, breadth and reach of the world’s largest breast cancer organization!
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Television is a 20 minute monthly broadcast focused on the incredible people who utilize Komen resources and make an impact every day in almost every community across the U.S. and in more than 50 countries!
Each month, we will feature a new show that contains stories on how your dollars help Komen carry out its critical mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever. Komen TV shines a light on doctors, researchers, advocates, and the breast cancer patients benefiting from their work. In addition, Komen TV highlights fundraising successes across the Komen family, introduces you to valued corporate partners, and so much more!
You can watch April’s broadcast here, but please join us and watch our latest broadcast below!
Passionate Komen supporters hit the pavement this past weekend, raising funds and celebrating each other during the Komen Connecticut, Puget Sound, South Central Wisconsin and Deutschland Race for the Cure events.
The Hartford Courant (here as well) reports that the Komen Connecticut Race drew an estimated 4,000 people (despite the pouring rain). A particularly touching moment was when 7-time breast cancer survivor Nancy Sousa sang the national anthem in the rain, prompting the entire crowd to become silent while she sang.
With over 8,500 enthusiastic participants the Komen Puget Sound Race was an incredibly festive day. Kicking off the fabulous Race day, members of the survivor parade were escorted by members of the award winning Blue Devils drum and bugle corps. The Seattle Times (here as well) and KING5 covered the event which raised $1.1 million.
Washington, DC also had their share of fun with the Komen Global Race on Saturday morning. Approximately 27,000 participants , including Gabrielle Union, violinist Sarah Charness and country music singer Colby Dee met us at the Washington Monument to Race across the National Mall. Our full recap of the event is located here.
And across the pond, Komen Deutschland reported that nearly 2,500 participants gathered this year for the 2nd Komen Deutschland Race in Hamburg– almost double from last year’s Hamburg Race! Komen Deutschland’s website shares more details (as well as some photos) from the event.
Komen Races coming up next weekend:
You can find your local Komen Race for the Cure here.
Approximately 27,000 people gathered on the National Mall this past weekend for the 2012 Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure. Attendees enjoyed beautiful weather and joined with family, friends and colleagues to celebrate life and survivorship.
Opening ceremony kicked off with Sarah Charness playing a beautiful version of the National Anthem on her pink violin. Ambassador to Canada Gary Doer introduced our International parade led by International Race Team delegates and top fundraisers which was followed by our survivor’s parade led by our Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker and breast cancer survivor and advocate Bridget Spence. As survivors walked to their spotlight, country singer Colby Dee performed her song “I Will Fight On.” Bridget Spence told her heartfelt story which was followed by a special appearance from Komen Global Ambassador Gabrielle Union. Nancy Brinker reminded everyone why the event is so important with a moment of silence for all who have lost their battle to breast cancer. As the runners took off down the Race route, the Howard University Gospel Choir sang a medley of Hold On, Change is Coming and Oh Happy Day. Holly Perkins from New Balance led an upbeat and lively stretch to prepare the walkers for their 3.1 mile trek. At 8:20 a.m., the walkers took off to the tune of As the Saints Go Marching In by the Howard University Gospel Choir. The morning closed with another performance by Colby Dee, awards for top fundraisers, best dressed survivor and Kids for the Cure.
The Washington Post reports that passion (and pink!) were in no short supply at the event. A photographer for The Washington Post shared some great images from the event as well. Essence features Komen Global Ambassador Gabrielle Union, who was excited to lace up her running shoes for the Global Race on Saturday. The Washington Examiner, HipHollywood and GossipCenter also highlighted Gabrielle Union’s attendance. WJLA spoke with survivor and Race attendee Katherine Briggs who emphasized that even in a political town, “There is not a Democrat or Republican marching here. We are all marching for the same reason.” WUSA, WTOP, NBC4, KStreetKate, The Times Leader and many more also covered the Race day festivities.
Thank you so much to all of our participants, volunteers and partners who made this such an amazing event. We hope to see you next year at the 2013 Global Race for the Cure! Check out the photo slideshow and video recap of the event below.
As we gear up for the Komen Global Race for the Cure tomorrow, June 2 in Washington, DC, we wanted to provide you with important information you need to know about everything that is going on.
Late Registration and Event Kit Pick up
If you registered online after Monday, May 21 or still need to register, come to the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill to register and pick up your Event Kit. The location will be open until 6:30p ET today, June 1. All you need to bring for your Event Kit is a copy of your registration confirmation email. If you are picking up for fellow participants or team members, please bring a copy of their registration confirmation as well. If you are registering late, please bring a completed registration form, and if you are registering fellow team members, please bring their completed and signed registration forms for each team member. Information on getting to the Hyatt Regency can be found here.
We strongly encourage all participants and spectators to use METRO to travel to and from the National Mall. METRO* will open EARLY at 5a ET for the convenience of Race participants. More information about getting to the National Mall can be found here. This year, the Race start line is at the Washington Monument, so be sure to check out the Race maps to ensure you find us! If you would like to know the entire Race route, that information can be found here. All Race activities start at 6a ET with the survivor and top fundraiser breakfast, and we kick off opening ceremonies at 7:40a ET. The entire Race day schedule can be found here and all Race day directions can be found here. You definitely don’t want to miss opening ceremony and post-Race festivities because we will have guest appearances from Sarah Charness, country music singer Colby Dee and Susan G. Komen Circle of Promise Ambassador Gabrielle Union!
Please share your Global Race experience with us! Share your pics on the Global Race Facebook page, follow @KomenfortheCure, and join the Twitter conversation by using the official hashtag #GlobalRace.
Many thanks to all of the Global Race sponsors, participants and volunteers, and we look forward to seeing you all bright and early tomorrow morning!
*Please check with METRO for the most up-to-date information , including any planned or unscheduled service disruptions.