Americana: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Each year, breast cancer strikes about 190,000 American women. The Race for the Cure helps fund research to make breast cancer a thing of the past. Uploaded by

Each year, more than a million people run or walk a 5k course to help raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. Some of them are breast cancer survivors, and participate to celebrate their victory. Others are the friends and relatives of those who were victims of the disease. They come in memory, and in tribute.

They all have one goal: To raise money for research that will, once and for all, end this disease that affects about 190,000 women each year.

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Susan G. Komen was a woman in Peoria, Illinois who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33, and died three years later. Her sister, Nancy Goodman Brinker, had promised Susan to do all she could to boost breast cancer research. Her pledge was realized when she established the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in 1982.

Now, just more than 25 years later, and known as Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the foundation has invested more than $1.5 billion in research. In more than 100 cities across the country you’ll find a Race for the Cure event, with women and men united toward one goal: “To end breast cancer forever.”

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