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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
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.
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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