DETROIT, Jan. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 26th Annual Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure®, locally presented by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, will be Saturday, May 13, at Comerica Park, in Detroit. Known as one of the best days in the city of Detroit, this inspirational movement brings thousands of people together to celebrate, honor and remember those touched by breast cancer, and to raise awareness and funds to help end this disease. Registration is underway and Race teams and individuals are encouraged to sign up now for the May 13 Race. Early Bird registration is $5-10 off most registrations now through Feb. 13. Registration fees increase February 14, so now is the time to act.
Team Registration - ONLINE
- Youths age 6 – 17 and seniors age 65 and older: $18 now through April 26
- Adults age 18 – 64: $28 through Feb. 13; $33 Feb. 14 – April 26
- Online team registration for Sleep In for the Cure closes May 4
Individual Registration - ONLINE
- Youths age 6 – 17 and seniors age 65 and older:
$18 now through Feb. 13
$20 Feb.14 – May12
- Adults age 18 – 64:
$28 now through Feb. 13
$38 Feb. 14 – May 12
- Sleep In for the Cure online registration closes April 26
Individual Registration – Race Day, May 13
- Adults age 18 – 64: $50
- Youths age 6 – 17 and seniors age 65 and older: $25
Manual (paper form) registration fees are slightly higher and available at a variety of one-stop locations opening in March. Manual registration forms are available now for download in English, Spanish and Arabic on our Komen Detroit website. Click here to download.
All paid registrations include a Race packet with the 2017 t-shirt and numbered bib, which must be worn at the event. Survivors receive an additional pink shirt and a commemorative lapel pin. (Pins will be available for sale to all others.) Children ages 5 and under are welcome to participate at no charge but must be officially registered by a parent or guardian.
For those who may not be able to attend the Race or just prefer to sleep in on May 13, Sleep In for the Cure® was created just for you! Sleepers can register in this category as a Team or individual and get a "Do Not Disturb" hang tag, a special "Sn00ze" Race bib and Race t-shirt.
For the past three years, the Komen Detroit Race has taken place at Chene Park in Detroit, due to the M-1 Rail construction. After three great years at Chene Park, the Komen Detroit Race for the Cure® will return to Comerica Park to host its 26th annual Race on Saturday, May 13. Click to view the special Race video announcement courtesy of Specs Howard School of Media Arts.
This year's new 5K Race Route will highlight more of Detroit's resurgence, taking runners and walkers near Eastern Market, down Gratiot, through the Dequindre Cut to Lafayette, and travel back to Woodward for the Race finish.
There's Victory in Every Step
Since the Komen Detroit Race for the Cure® first began in 1992, Karmanos Cancer Institute has served as the local presenting sponsor. The Komen Detroit Race, a top tier Race event in Komen Race series and among more than 150 Komen Races held around the world, has raised and invested more than $29 million since 1992 to help end breast cancer. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised each year help support local breast cancer programs; and 25 percent help fund national breast cancer research.
Thanks to the community's support, the 2016 Komen Detroit Race total net proceeds were more than $1 million, with $719,827 awarded to three programs serving Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties that help provide access to breast cancer services, including screening and education to decrease cancer disparities and breast cancer mortality rates in Detroit and the tri-county area. In addition, approximately $151,427 went to fund Komen's national breast cancer research and training grants program.
Globally, Susan G. Komen has invested more than $2.6 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 30 countries.
Katrina Studvent, chair of the Komen Detroit Race and director of Breast Cancer Special Programs at Karmanos Cancer Institute, is a breast cancer survivor. She has seen the progress made since she was diagnosed 11 years ago and the commitment of the tens of thousands of people who participate in the Komen Detroit Race each year. However, data from a community assessment conducted by Komen Detroit showed that Detroit and Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties still have a significantly higher rate of breast cancer incidence, late stage disease and deaths compared to the rest of Michigan.
"We know much has been done to improve awareness of breast cancer prevention and education, and wonderful advancements have been made in breast cancer research, yet people in our own community are still being diagnosed with advance stage breast cancer and losing their battle with this disease at a higher rate, and that is unacceptable," said Studvent.
"Komen Detroit remains committed to supporting local programs that help improve these findings, as well as breakthrough breast cancer research to prevent and cure breast cancer and help close the gap on these disparities. Everything we do supports Susan G. Komen's bold goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the United States by 50 percent within the next ten years.
"We are grateful for the tremendous support and ongoing commitment of those in our community and hope that everyone will register and support the 2017 Komen Detroit Race to help us improve breast cancer survival right here at home. We all have an opportunity to help save lives."
Today, there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, including an estimated 155,000 with metastatic disease – the 'forever fighters' who are constantly in treatment."
Welcomed Traditions and Exciting New Surprises
The May 13, 2017 Komen Detroit Race will be back at Comerica Park with many of its wonderful traditions including the Children's Area, sponsor giveaways, Survivor Trolley, Survivor Café, Memorial Site, dancing on the Pink Carpet, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, performers and 10,000 pink ribbons along the Race Route, and so much more. The 2017 Race will also have cool new surprises like free Carousel rides, Teams photo opportunity with Tigers' scoreboard as backdrop, and an exciting new Race Route, showcasing more of the resurgence of Detroit, including the outskirts of Eastern Market, parts of Gratiot, the Dequindre Cut to Lafayette and continuing to Woodward where the Race will finish. Sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 Komen Detroit Race are still available.
"Chances are, we all know someone who has been touched by breast cancer," said Brian Christy, co-chair of the Komen Detroit Race and manager of Breast Cancer Special Programs at Karmanos. "This disease impacts all of us. Seeing 25,000 plus participants gathering for this inspirational event each year is not only a powerful testament of our community's support to help end breast cancer, but it's also a heartwarming outreach to all survivors, including those with metastatic disease who are in constant treatment, as well as others who have lost loved ones to breast cancer.
"Our loved ones will never be forgotten. The Race helps in the healing process and gives us all a chance to be part of the solution to help end breast cancer."
Register for the 26th Annual Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure® to help save lives and end breast cancer forever.
For information call 1-800-KARMANOS (1-800-527-6266) or visit Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure®.
About Susan G. Komen®
Susan G. Komen is the world's largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $920 million in research and provided more than $2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy's life. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social/.
About Komen Detroit Race for the Cure
The Detroit Race is a top-tier event in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series, the world's largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. Locally presented by Karmanos Cancer Institute since Detroit's first Race in 1992, Komen Detroit has raised and invested more than $29 million. Operating as a year-round community resource, Komen Detroit provides breast cancer education, patient and family navigation, public policy/advocacy and volunteer opportunities. To connect, visit the website at www.karmanoscancer.org/KomenDetroit, like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/komendetroit, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 248.304.2080.
About the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Located in mid-town Detroit, Michigan, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, a subsidiary of McLaren Health Care, is one of 47 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Karmanos is among the nation's best cancer centers. Through the commitment of 1,000 staff, including nearly 300 physicians and researchers on faculty at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and supported by thousands of volunteer and financial donors, Karmanos strives to prevent, detect and eradicate all forms of cancer. Its long-term partnership with the WSU School of Medicine enhances the collaboration of critical research and academics related to cancer care. Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., is the Institute's president and chief executive officer. For more information call 1-800-KARMANOS or go to www.karmanos.org.
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