WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Susan G. Komen for the Cure® announced today that the Vice President and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure®, which will be held June 6, 2009 on the National Mall. Dr. Biden, a long-time advocate for breast health education and outreach, will speak to the more than 50,000 runners and walkers during the Race’s opening ceremonies, which begin at 7:20 a.m. EDT.
“My husband Joe and I are thrilled to participate in the ongoing effort to raise awareness, fund research and empower people throughout the world in the fight against breast cancer,” said Dr. Biden.
Motivated by the breast cancer diagnosis of four of her friends, Dr. Biden started the Biden Breast Health Initiative, which in the past 15 years has educated more than 10,000 ninth-through-twelfth-grade girls in Delaware about proper breast health.
In addition to Dr. Biden, other notable participants include HRH Crown Prince Alexander II and HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founding chair of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, actress Sarah Chalke, CBS’s The Early Show anchor Maggie Rodriguez, and W*USA9 morning anchor Andrea Roane. The Komen Global Race’s opening ceremonies will also include performances by singer/songwriter Candy Coburn, who will perform her new single, “Pink Warrior,” and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Circle of Promise Ambassador and singer Lalah Hathaway.
In celebration of global survivorship, the opening ceremonies will pay tribute to the more than 4,000 breast cancer survivors participating, including 21 global survivors representing 18 countries.
Following the opening ceremony, the Pink Panther, thanks to a special partnership with MGM, will start the 5K events from the Start Line stage. After the Race starts, the Pink Panther will spend the remainder of the morning at Kids for the Cure®, Komen’s special Race day program for children ages 5-12.
It is not too late to register for this year’s Komen Global Race for the Cure. You can register online at www.GlobalRacefortheCure.org. Late registration, including Event Kit pick-up, will be held at the Department of Commerce (14th and Constitution) June 2–4 from noon – 7:00 p.m. and June 5 from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Komen Global Race for the Cure marks the 20th annual running of the Komen Race for the Cure Series in Washington, D.C., which was formerly known as the Komen National Race for the Cure. Komen for the Cure expects more than 50,000 people to participate in the Global Race and raise more than $6.1 million, up to 75 percent of which will stay in the D.C. area to address breast cancer disparities in the medically underserved communities.
The remaining 25 percent will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Global Promise Fund, which addresses breast cancer incidence and mortality outside the United States with culturally sensitive education and outreach programs.
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, $1.3 billion has been invested to fulfill the promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds in the world dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. 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 (465-6636).