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Philly runs for a good cause at the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure

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The Philadelphia 'Race for the Cure' attracts many who run to help to fund breast cancer research,

The Philadelphia 'Race for the Cure' attracts many who run to help to fund breast cancer research,

Courtesy of Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure

Courtesy of Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure

The Philadelphia 'Race for the Cure' attracts many who run to help to fund breast cancer research,

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The Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure took place on Sunday May 13, 2018 at Eakins Oval directly in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The race is a 5k run or run/walk in order to raise money for research to find a cure for breast cancer. People from all around the world travel to Philadelphia for this run to help in the fight against breast cancer.

About 40,000 people die from breast cancer each year. One in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease in her lifetime. The Susan G. Komen organization began raising money for breast cancer research in the 1980s, and since then, the number of breast cancer deaths in the United States has decreased by 39 percent. Even though that is an incredible improvement, there is still not a cure for breast cancer, so continued research is of the utmost importance.

The people who participate in this race do it for 3 main reasons: to show support to survivors, to increase awareness and to connect with a close-knit group of passionate people. The funding from this race will go toward research, equal access to care, educational programs and grassroots outreach.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Susan G. Komen organization, Elaine Grobman, said, “Too many people have pushed breast cancer to the low-end of their priority list. Together, all race participants share a message loud and clear: this fight against breast cancer is far from over. We are taking action to save lives. This fight… the tens of thousands of men and women who will be victimized by breast cancer… needs us… needs ALL of us!”

Every participant shares a special connection, since they are all united in the fight for a cure. Everyone who races is considered family.

As Grobman said, “We’ve all heard countless, inspiring—and sometimes heartbreaking—stories of women and men who’ve faced breast cancer. Some are members of our own family, others are friends and acquaintances, others virtual strangers. Regardless, their fight belongs to all of us. Every dollar we raise together helps people like them, as well as the loved ones you work, interact and share your life with every day.”

The Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure is a great way to support breast cancer research and hopefully eliminate this horrible cancer once and for all in the future. All the money raised will go to a good cause, and even if you cannot participate on the day of the race, its website allows people to donate online as well. As little as one dollar can help make a difference.

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