On Saturday, January 26, 2019, Downtown West Palm Beach will once again be awash in pink for the 28th annual Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure. Thousands will join together to walk, race, or stand proud in the crowd to celebrate breast cancer survivors or remember those who have been lost.
The Race for the Cure is symbolic of Komen South Florida’s role in the community, ensuring that no woman—or man—ever walks alone on their? breast cancer journey. As South Florida’s “First Responders to Breast Cancer,” the organization provides immediate assistance, comfort and assurance, and a compassionate hand-off to a Komen-funded organization that can provide support when theneed is most urgent.
Runners, walkers, corporate, community and school teams, and individuals of all ages are welcome to join the celebration that is full of activities for the entire family. Funds raised will support Susan G. Komen’s Bold Goal to reduce the nation’s 40,000 breast cancer deaths by 50% by 2026. Seventy-five percent of net proceeds remain local to provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties and 25% is dedicated to research to find a cure. Over 11,500 attendees raised $1.3 million at the 2018 Komen South Florida Race for the Cure.
“Every person or team that raises funds for the Race for the Cure is saving lives right here in our own community,” said Kate Watt, Komen South Florida executive director. “We can reduce breast cancer deaths by as much as one-third if every woman or man had timely access to care. That’s why we focus our funding on improving access for low-income and uninsured women, women of color, and other vulnerable populations that face barriers to breast cancer care.”
Funded programs in 2017 resulted in nearly 14,000 people reached through education, 735 people receiving patient navigation services, 635 people receiving mammograms, 721 people benefitting from diagnostic services, and 46 people learning they had breast cancer.
National sponsors (to date) of the 2019 Komen South Florida Race for the Cure include presenting sponsors Bank of America and Ford. Local sponsors include presenting sponsor South Florida Ford Dealers Association, Alpha Media, WPTV, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Deerfield Beach, Tropical Shipping, FPL, Comcast, and Knight Corporations. Special thanks to our 2019 Kids Zone sponsor Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, P.A.; healthcare sponsor, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute.