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2011 Race for the Cure

The 2011 New York Komen Race for the Cure was a huge success.  One of so many fundraisers throughout the world for Komen’s, the New York chapter did its part and more.  Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen For The Cure., commented, “You see us here today in New York funding so much of the local community. We have over 140 of these events throughout the world today and we are working in over 50 countries.”

The race does more than simply raise money for the cause, it also brings a difficult and historically stigmatized disease into a positive public forum, changing its perception.  Actress Jill Eikenberry, a two-time breast cancer survivor, says she was terrified at first to go public with her illness.  “Every year I’m more heartened by the number of people that turn out because the first time I was diagnosed, this disease was in the closet. Nobody was talking about it,” she said.

Singer Martha Wash, whose biggest hit was “It’s Raining Men,” sang the national anthem for the race. The race stirred memories of a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer more nearly 30 years ago.  “It was just something that wasn’t talked about during that time,” she said. “To see so many people supporting the Susan G. Komen foundation is amazing.”

“We tend to get the most aggressive form of breast cancer and we tend to die more frequently from it,” said actress Gabrielle Union.

Blythe Masters, Head of Global Commodities at JPMorgan Chase, raised the most money for Komen with the JP Morgan Chase team.  “We have 450 running and we already raised $435,000 for the cause and we’re not done yet,” she said.

Congratulations to Komen’s for another fantastic race!

Read and watch great coverage from New York CBS here, and/or read a Race article here in ThirdAge.

Blythe Masters - Komen's for the Cure

Komen's for the Cure

Komen’s for the Cure

Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.

That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since inception in 1982. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure®, and generous contributions from partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, Komen’s has become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

The Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Komen Greater NYC was founded in 1990 by friends of the late television journalist Benita Feurey — friends committed to keeping her memory alive by providing breast health education, screening, treatment, and other services to individuals in the five boroughs of New York City, on Long Island, and in Westchester and Rockland Counties. Since its inception, Komen Greater NYC has raised over $50 million. Seventy-five percent of net monies raised supports local breast health education, screening and treatment programs; twenty-five percent goes to national peer-reviewed research to find the cures.

In 2010, Komen Greater NYC awarded a record-breaking $4.3 million in grants. Over $2.8 million supported 37 community-based organizations that provide breast health programs to underserved women. Three area hospitals received a total of $242,493 to increase the capacity of local researchers to enroll women in breast cancer trials. $40,000 in grants were made available for local breast cancer conferences and education programs. Finally, Komen Greater NYC provided over $1.2 million for national peer-reviewed research programs.

Blythe Masters

Blythe Masters is Board Chair for Komen’s NYC.  She is currently the Head of Global Commodities of J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank, where she has worked since 1991. She is also a member of the JPMorgan Chase Executive Committee. Previously, Blythe was Chief Financial Officer and prior to that, Head of Global Credit Portfolio and Credit Policy and Strategy. She recently served as Chair of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). Blythe has spearheaded JPMorgan Chase’s strong intercompany efforts for the Komen New York City Race for the Cure and has herself been the top fundraiser for the Race every year since 2006.

Visit the national Komen for the Cure website.

Visit Komen’s Greater New York City affiliate website.