WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® series, the world’s largest fundraising event for breast cancer, kicks off on the National Mall on Saturday, May 7, during Mother’s Day weekend. The D.C. area 5K run and fitness walk has raised more than $36 million for breast cancer support services provided in the D.C. Metropolitan area during the last 25 years.
For Judith A. Salerno, president and CEO of Susan G. Komen and former D.C. resident, the fight against breast cancer in the National Capital Region is a personal one. “Washington, D.C. has the highest death rate from breast cancer in the U.S. Our goal is to change that dire statistic by funding programs that ensure everyone has the access and resources to battle breast cancer regardless of their economic circumstances,” she said.
Salerno noted that women in D.C. are diagnosed with breast cancer at a rate 20 percent higher than the national average and are dying from the disease at a rate 40 percent higher. Proceeds from the annual D.C. Race help support 300 community grants to local programs in the D.C. area.
Braxton Family Values’ reality star Traci Braxton, who lost her grandmother to breast cancer, will entertain and participate in the Race as captain of the Crowns and Cleats Team.
"I'm delighted to take part in this special day of honoring survivors, their families and friends and those walking in memory of loved ones,” said Braxton. “I hope people meet me on the Mall this Mother's Day weekend and join this special cause."
Elite runner and Olympic hopeful, Sarah Brown of Northern Virginia will lead a Race warm-up for participants before kick-off. Brown, who was recently profiled in People Magazine, has witnessed her mother’s battle with breast cancer.
The 5K route culminates in a ceremony on the National Mall to celebrate participants’ collective impact on the fight to end breast cancer. To register for the Race and to see course maps and the Race day schedule visit KomenDCRacefortheCure.org.
About Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world's largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever. The series of 5K runs and fitness walks raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Since it started in 1983, the Komen Race for the Cure Series has grown from one Race with 800 people in Dallas to a global series of more than 150 Races with nearly 1 million people participating on four continents. The Komen Race Series welcomes people of all ages and fitness levels, from walkers to elite runners.