The 23rd Annual Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Race for the Cure Hosted More Than 6,500 Participants, Expected to Raise Over $780,000
The 2015 Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Race for the Cure was held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Ridgmar Mall. More than 6,500 individuals participated in the Race, raising over $780,000 in funds towards the fight against breast cancer.
The family-friendly event featured a 5K and one-mile fun run/walk, a breast cancer survivor parade, Kids for the Cure® activities, a bounce house and the KoMen Cave – an area of the Race dedicated to male breast cancer survivors and co-survivors of women fighting the disease. The KoMen Cave also had classic cars and motorcycles on display.
The Race for the Cure raises funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. The Race is the largest fundraiser for Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth and the largest charitable 5K Race in Tarrant County. Seventy-five percent of the funds raised from the Race will support breast cancer detection, treatment and education locally in Tarrant, Parker, Johnson and Hood counties, with the remaining 25 percent going to national research initiatives.
Registration fees help to provide women and men in the Komen Greater Fort Worth four-county territory with services that literally save lives. These fees help make the following programs possible through grants to local organizations: free and low-cost mammograms and diagnostics; medical treatment for qualified breast cancer patients who cannot afford care, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation; support services including support groups, assistance with finding financial resources, prescription refills and transportation to medical appointments; and education about the warning signs of breast cancer, methods of early detection and the latest treatment options.
“The Race for the Cure offers the community an opportunity to honor those who lost their battles with breast cancer and celebrate the cancer survivors in their lives. It’s a day we dedicate to our mission to save lives here locally and help end breast cancer forever,” said MaryAnn Means-Dufrene, Executive Director of Komen Greater Fort Worth.
“Because of the generosity of our sponsors and donors, we are able to provide breast health education, mammograms, and cancer treatment to those who can’t afford it in Tarrant, Parker, Johnson, and Hood counties. We will continue this Race until we have a Cure.”
Though the Race has passed, individuals can still support the cause by donating to Komen Greater Fort Worth. Competitive fundraising will remain open through June 10, but donations are accepted at any time. Participants can make and track donations at www.komengreaterfortworth.org.
Since 1992, more than 223,000 people have participated in the local Race for the Cure, raising more than $24 million dollars for the cause.