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Komen Race for the Cure


The 15th Annual Susan G Komen NC Foothills Race for the Cure on October 18 at Lenoir Rhyne University was a success - thanks to our participants, sponsors, and volunteers. We had 1,785 participants and raised over $114,000. The results of the competitive race are available at  Our teams were great.  See our team page for more details.

Judy Smith, owner of Sophie Magazine, was our keynote speaker.  The honorary Race Chairs were Erma McGimpsey (Burke County), Millie Adams (Caldwell County) and Pat Ratcliff (Catawba County).  They rode in the Pace Car for the one mile fun run/walk and the competitive 5K.  Wanda Robinson was the Team New Balance Honorary Members.  These breast cancer survivors have made a difference in their communities.

Every step counts! Your donation provides women and men in NC Foothills with services that have literally saved lives. You help make the following programs possible:
• Free mammograms and diagnostics
• Education about the warning signs of breast cancer, methods of early detection and the latest treatment options
• Publishing the “Little Pink Ribbon Book” – a resource guide of local resources for breast cancer patients and survivors
• Assist local support services
• Cutting edge research to find a cure for breast cancer

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Since its inception in 1983, the Komen Race for the Cure series has grown from one local Race with 800 participants to a global series of more than 120 Races with more than 1 million people expected to participate in 2014.

The Komen Race for the Cure is a unique event, designed and implemented to promote positive awareness, education and early detection of breast cancer.  It has proved to be an enormously effective way to reach many women and men with the message that breast cancer is not necessarily fatal if mammography and breast self-exam become routine. As well as being a road race for runners, the Komen Race for the Cure is an emotionally charged event that attracts many first timers and recreational runners. The Komen Race for the Cure is an opportunity for thousands of women, men and their families, running or walking, to spread the breast cancer message within their communities.