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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.