The 21st annual Komen OC Race for the Cure last Sunday, Sept. 23 was a great success! More than 18,000 attendees lined the streets at Fashion Island to run and walk two 5Ks and participate One-Mile Fun Run. This was our first year featuring a 7:15 am runner start time for the first 5K, which allowed runners more space to compete.
More than 1,200 breast cancer survivors were presented with pink roses during the Survivor Parade and Tribute. The emotional ceremony featured the stories of four incredible women and their fight against breast cancer.
Also present at the Race for the Cure this year was Mark Goldstein, a 79-year-old breast cancer survivor from New Jersey who is an official Komen Race for the Cure ambassador. He participated in his 222nd Race for the Cure after 24 years of survivorship.
Event organizers expect to meet the $3 million fundraising goal. Preliminary totals, as of Sept. 24, for the 2012 Race for the Cure stand at $2 million.
The annual Komen Orange County Race for the Cure kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which begins in October, and fundraising for Komen Orange County Race will continue through Oct. 31. All donations are appreciated and will be accepted at www.komenoc.org, or by mail to Komen Orange County Affiliate, 3191-A Airport Loop Drive, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626.
Seventy-five percent of the funds raised are invested in local breast cancer awareness and education programs, breast self-examination classes, medical and diagnostic services for uninsured and underinsured women, and other unmet community needs through grants to community breast health organizations. The remaining 25 percent is dedicated to the Komen Award and Research Grant Program to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research.
Thank you to those who participated, donated and volunteered!