Race for the Cure benefits local health programs, breast cancer research, community education

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This post is brought to you in partnership with Susan G. Komen Charlotte. All opinions are our own.

As the world’s largest and most famous breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen is practically a household name. Charlotte’s local affiliate, Komen Charlotte, is hosting its annual Race for the Cure in uptown Charlotte on Oct. 5, where it’s aiming to raise $1.2 million.

Once the event is said and done, where does that $1.2 million go? The affiliate was happy to share.

Local health programs

Seventy-five percent of net funds raised by Susan G. Komen Charlotte are distributed to local breast health programs in its 13-county service area. These programs fund services such as screenings, diagnostics, education, survivorship support and transportation. Since its inception in 1997, the affiliate has invested more than $16 million into the community to support those diagnosed with breast cancer. While it carries one of the most well-known non-profit names nationally, its biggest impact is right here in our backyard.

Breast Cancer research programs

The remaining 25 percent of net funds raised by Komen Charlotte are invested in national and global research. In total, Komen Charlotte has invested nearly $7 million into breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. In fact, just this week Komen announced a new $26 million investment in research, with $1.45 million invested right here in North Carolina. Fun fact: that investment means Komen has officially invested over $1 billion in breast cancer research. 

Community education measures

Educating the public on breast cancer, treatment options, warning signs, diagnoses and other related issues is critical to the Susan G. Komen Charlotte mission. In the 2018-19 fiscal year alone, the organization was able to invest nearly $1 million in these measures. By partnering with grantee organizations, Susan G. Komen Charlotte is able to fund breast health programs and education to patients who are either uninsured or underinsured, ensuring quality care for all.

Komen Charlotte’s vision is a world without breast cancer, which it takes very seriously. In fact, Komen is the only organization battling this disease on all fronts; through compassionate patient care, public policy advocacy, community education and outreach, and breakthrough breast cancer research. 

Its largest fundraising event is the annual Race for the Cure, and it’s aiming to raise $1.2 million this year. Join Komen Charlotte at Race for the Cure on Oct. 5 for just $35 to become part of the solution. Now you know exactly where your money will go.

Want to learn more about Susan G. Komen Charlotte and the Race for the Cure? Click here for more information. Need information about receiving breast health services? Contact Komen Charlotte here.

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