Susan G. Komen Maine Race for the Cure® Portland Nominates Local Survivor as Honorary Member of "Team New Balance"

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Breast Cancer Survivor and Westbrook Resident Nicole Landry has been named the honorary member of Team New Balance for the Portland Race for the Cure in September. Nicole is being honored for her personal perseverance against breast cancer and her dedication to raising breast cancer awareness. As the Portland local race host, she joins individuals at more than 125 locations around the country holding Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® events in 2011.

Participants in the second annual Susan G. Komen Portland Race for the Cure® will walk and run on September 11, 2011, in Payson Park and along Baxter Boulevard to celebrate breast cancer survivors, honor those who have lost their battle with the disease and to help raise funds to find a cure. Each year, every Susan G. Komen affiliate across the country nominates a survivor to become an Honorary Team New Balance member and serve as local race hosts and share their stories of survival. Nicole Landry of Westbrook, Maine, has been named the Honorary Team New Balance member for the upcoming Susan G. Komen Portland, Maine Race for the Cure®. She joins individuals at more than 125 locations around the country, hosting the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® in 2011. Individuals interested in registering for the Portland Race as runners, walkers or volunteers should go to http://www.komenmaine.org or find the Race on Facebook.

Nicole is being honored for her personal perseverance against breast cancer and her dedication to raising breast cancer awareness. At the age of 31on December 5, 2008, Nicole Landry was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer and today is a survivor. To combat the disease, she had six rounds of chemotherapy – one every three weeks for eighteen weeks. She had five and a half weeks of radiation – one treatment every day five days per week. She also had a double mastectomy that consisted of four separate surgeries. Today, she continues with daily medication.

Within days of her diagnosis, Nicole contacted the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® looking for information, local support, and financial assistance. “My family and I were given $500 that helped with bills when we needed it the most,” said Landry. “To know that you can have some financial help gives you back some control and security when you feel you have lost all sense of what was normal.”

During her treatment, Nicole knew she wanted to be able to help others who had been diagnosed. She became a volunteer for the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and for the last two years, she has served as the Survivor Chairperson for the Portland, Maine Race.

“Nicole is a strong, proud, and clear voice in the fight to find a cure for breast cancer, forever and a mentor for many young men and women who are finding themselves diagnosed with breast cancer,” said, Sally Bilancia, Executive Director, Susan G. Komen Maine Affiliate.

As the honorary team member, Nicole has been outfitted with New Balance Lace Up for the Cure® shoes and apparel. “By participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, Nicole and her team members around the country are an inspiration to us all,” said Rob DeMartini, CEO of New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. “New Balance is proud of our 22 year association with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®. As a company, New Balance is dedicated to promoting physical fitness and healthy lifestyles as a way to reduce the risk of breast cancer.”

The first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® took place in Dallas, Texas, in 1983 with 800 participants. Today, the Komen Race for the Cure® series is the largest 5K series in the world with more than 120 races and more than 1 million participants expected this year. The Susan G. Komen Maine Affiliate hosts two races annually — one in Bangor which has been held since 1997 and one in Portland now entering its second year. Last year, the first-ever Portland Maine Race for the Cure raised more than $130,000 and had more than 1,300 runners and walkers. At a recent Komen Leadership Conference, the Portland Race was recognized for its participants outstanding fundraising efforts — 33 percent of Portland Race for the Cure participants raised more than the registration fee of $25 with the average across the country being 15 percent.

Due to the annual success of the Bangor race and growing support for the Portland race, the Komen Maine Affiliate has invested more than $2.25 million for education, screening and treatment programs and over $650,000 for breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Grants Program. Nearly $500,000 has returned to Maine in the form of research grants through that program.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Promise: to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

For additional information about the Race, visit our website at http://www.komenmaine.org or find us on Facebook.

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