DETROIT, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over the past 18 years, millions of people have gathered in metropolitan Detroit to celebrate progress, honor the memory of a loved one, and raise awareness and support for those affected by breast cancer. The 19th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, locally presented by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, will take place Saturday, May 22, at Comerica Park. Sponsors, teams and participants are already signing up for this year's race. Each year approximately 30,000 people take part in this movement in Detroit, making our hometown Race a top-tier event in the world's 5K run/walk series.
The Komen Detroit Race for the Cure® awards 75 percent of the current year's net proceeds to a diverse group of organizations serving Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Funds support breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for the medically underserved. The remaining 25 percent funds breast cancer research and project grants awarded through Komen for the Cure. Since 1992, the Detroit Race has raised $17.5 million in the fight against breast cancer. Thanks to the generosity of Komen Detroit supporters, in 2009, $1.5 million was awarded to local breast cancer programs and more than $320,600 to breast cancer research.
Every three minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer and, according to the American Cancer Society, more than 40,000 women will die from breast cancer this year alone. Help us end breast cancer. Be part of the 2010 Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure®. Every step you take in this inspirational movement - a 5K competitive race, a 5K walk or a one-mile walk - will bring us closer to a cure.
WHAT: 19th Annual Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure®, 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk
Locally presented by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
WHEN: Saturday, May 22, 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Street closures will begin at 7:00 a.m.
Opening Ceremony 8 a.m.; Race and Walks 9 a.m.; Closing Ceremony 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Comerica Park - Midtown Detroit
WHY: To help save lives and end breast cancer forever.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
- Be a Sponsor. Business sponsorships range from $1,000 and up. Review sponsorship opportunities at http://www.karmanos.org/detroitraceforthecure/sponsorship.asp.
- Register a Team or Individual. Register at www.karmanos.org/detroitraceforthecure. This is a wonderful way to engage coworkers, friends, families, neighbors and others to be part of the breast cancer movement. You will also be able to register onsite May 22, beginning at 7 a.m.
- Volunteer! See a variety of volunteer opportunities at www.karmanos.org/detroitraceforthecure/volunteers.asp.
- Make a Donation. Whether or not you can join us in person on May 22, please consider making a donation. See the terrific fundraising incentives. Details at: http://www.karmanos.org/detroitraceforthecure/friendsfor.asp.
For more information go to www.karmanos.org and click the Race icon or call 1-800-KARMANOS and ask for the Komen Detroit Race for the Cure®.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.
Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, Komen for the Cure has invested nearly $1.5 billion to fulfill the promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.
About the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Based in Detroit, Michigan, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is committed to a future free of cancer. The Institute is one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Caring for nearly 6,000 new patients annually and conducting more than 700 cancer-specific scientific investigations programs and clinical trials, the Karmanos Cancer Institute is among the nation's best cancer centers. Through the commitment of 1,000 staff, including nearly 300 faculty members, and supported by thousands of volunteers and financial donors, the Institute strives to prevent, detect and eradicate all forms of cancer. The Karmanos Cancer Institute was originally established in 1943 as the Detroit Institute for Cancer Research, which then became the Michigan Cancer Foundation. The Institute was renamed the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in 1995 in memory of the late wife of Peter Karmanos, Jr., chairman and CEO of Compuware Corporation. Barbara Ann died at the age of 46 after an eight-year battle with breast cancer. To learn more about the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, its activities, or how you can get involved, visit www.karmanos.org or call (800) KARMANOS.
SOURCE Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute