PHOENIX, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The maker of Quilted Northern Soft & Strong® and Susan G. Komen for the Cure® are teaming up for the seventh year to celebrate individuals in Phoenix, Ariz. and encourage them to become Quilted Northern Soft & Strong® Champions. As an official sponsor in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, Georgia-Pacific, the maker of Quilted Northern is celebrating volunteers at the upcoming Komen Race for the Cure on Oct. 10, 2010.
With more than 100,000 volunteers participating in Komen Races across the country, volunteers serve as the backbone of the series, helping to put on more than 120 Race events each year. Georgia-Pacific recognizes the hard work and dedication of the volunteers and created the Quilted Northern Soft & Strong® Champions campaign to recognize race volunteers and everyone else that lends a helping hand in supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Whether it's working at a Race or leaving an encouraging note for loved ones online, anyone can be a Quilted Northern Soft & Strong® Champion.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, with 1.5 million participants each year. The Komen Race for the Cure Series raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. In 2010 and 2011, Georgia-Pacific has committed to donating $225,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
Bonnie Lee Tucker's experience with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Maine and Phoenix affiliates began 15 years ago; and today she continues to accept the challenge to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer. Bonnie, a two-time survivor of breast cancer, is a committed volunteer who has not only made her mark as the fundraising chair and president of the Maine affiliate race, but also has contributed to the cause in many other ways, from supporting the cause with her winning t-shirt design and political efforts and work with Senator Olympia J. Snowe. Bonnie embodies the spirit and enthusiastically promotes the message that early detection saves lives.
"Komen has and continues to be a big part of my life as they are good stewards of their funds," said Tucker. "I continue to volunteer and support Komen across our great country. My destiny has been set, my hope is that I can do one little thing to make a difference for others."
"At Georgia-Pacific, we are excited about our seventh year as a sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series and wish to celebrate all those who bond together to help support and honor those affected by breast cancer," said Anna Umphress of Georgia-Pacific. "To show our commitment to finding a cure, we are the official sponsor of volunteers of over 120 Komen Race for the Cure events held in the U.S."
Headquartered at Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs more than 40,000 people at approximately 300 locations in North America, South America and Europe. Georgia-Pacific creates long-term value by using resources efficiently to provide innovative products and solutions that meet the needs of customers and society, while operating in a manner that is environmentally and socially responsible and economically sound. The familiar consumer tissue brands of Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, enMotion®, Sparkle®, Mardi Gras®, and Vanity Fair®. Dixie Consumer Products LLC, a Georgia-Pacific company, manufactures the Dixie® brand of tabletop products. For more information, visit www.gp.com.
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, which is now the world's largest breast cancer organization and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer with more than $1.3 billion invested to date. 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.