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Still Racing for the Elusive Cure

The 10th annual Susan G. Komen Foundation Race for the

Cure comes to Bristol-Myers Squibb in Lawrenceville on Sunday, October

19. Ten years into the effort, breast cancer is still the leading

killer of women ages 35 to 54.

Jane Rodney, the late director of the Princeton YWCA’s Breast Cancer

Resource Center, and chair of New Jersey’s Race for the Cure, was

one of the most visible advocates for breast cancer awareness in the

nation — and certainly made a big impression here in her own neighborhood.

Rodney died in 2002 at the age of 61. Nancy Healey has since stepped

into Rodney’s shoes, leading the center’s corps of 150 volunteers

on a non-stop campaign that reaches hospitals, community centers,

churches, and schools throughout the state.

Over the past nine years, New Jersey’s Race for the Cure has raised

more than $5 million. Last October more than 13,000 participants,

including 700 breast cancer survivors, raised over $1.1 million to

help the Komen Foundation raise money for research for the cure, and

to provide free and low-cost screening mammography and breast health

education for the area. The goal for 2003 is to raise an additional

1.3 million dollars.

The foundation was established by Nancy Brinker in 1982 to honor the

memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer

at the age of 36.

Registration begins at 7 a.m., with warm-up aerobics at 8:15 and 9:30

a.m. The men’s 5-K run begins at 8:45 a.m.; the women’s 5-K run at

10 a.m., the co-ed 5-K and the one-mile walk at 11:15 a.m. There is

a children’s fun run for ages 11 and under at 12:30 p.m.

Complimentary continental breakfast is provided for each participant,

and popular goody bags of sponsors’ products are offered at the Expo

tent.

First, second, and third place male and female overall winners receive

gifts; first, second, and third place finishers receive medals and

Breast Cancer pin in each age category. Survivor awards go to the

top eight overall as well as the first place master survivor (age

40 to 49) and the first place senior survivor (over age 60) finishers

receive gifts. And all breast cancer survivors may pick up complimentary

pink cap and T-shirt.

Pledge collectors receive gifts from sponsors including Dick’s Sporting

Good, New Balance Sneakers, Prince Graphite Racquet, Gund, Waterford,

as well as Komen Race for the Cure apparel. Got milk? will be at the

race as a local sponsor, taking free souvenir strawberry milk mustache

photos. For every photo snapped, Got Milk? will donate $1 to the New

Jersey Race for the Cure.

Safety notes: no pets, headsets, roller blades, bicycles, skateboards,

or scooters. Strollers are only allowed in the walking events.

Susan G. Komen Foundation Race for the Cure, YWCA Breast

Cancer Resource Center , Bristol-Myers Squibb, Route 206, Lawrenceville,

609-252-2008. Tenth annual benefit. Rain or shine. Visit www.komen.org

for more information. Sunday, October 19, 7 a.m.<


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