The communities of central and northern Arizona knew the Race was on and stepped out to show support for breast cancer survivors and to honor those who have lost their battle to the disease.
Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) October 14, 2014
Susan G. Komen® Central and Northern Arizona (Komen CAN AZ) announced a strong year at the 22nd Annual Susan G. Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure® with more than 13,000 participants as well as $1 million raised and counting. Donations for Komen® CAN AZ’s signature fundraising event of the year will continue through Oct. 31, 2014.
“What powerful support we received from the community this year,” said Komen® CAN AZ Executive Director Heather Roberts. “The communities of central and northern Arizona knew the Race was on and stepped out to show support for breast cancer survivors and to honor those who have lost their battle to the disease.”
75 percent of the proceeds raised stay in central and northern Arizona to fund local breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs, and 25 percent will go directly to the Komen Research Grants and Awards program to fund breast cancer research.
The Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure serves as the signature fundraising and awareness event for Komen CAN AZ with more than 13,000 participants, including 1,000 volunteers.
This year’s Race carried options for any type of participant, including a one mile walk/run, a Breast Cancer Survivors’ 5k Run, a 5k Run, a 5k Walk or Sleep In for the Cure®. Komen CAN AZ also welcomed back the return of competitive timing.
“Planning the Race and seeing its full fruition on Sunday was a remarkable experience,” said Race Manager Zachary Singh. “You can feel the care and passion so strongly from the community when you see them on Race day. There’s nothing quite like the spirit at the finish line.”
Last year‘s Race raised nearly $1.2 million. Since 1993, Komen CAN AZ has granted more than $19.5 million to support local lifesaving breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs and $5.9 million to international research efforts, including $855,785 in community grants and more than $400,000 for research in 2014.
“Komen CAN AZ expresses tremendous gratitude to all the volunteers, survivors, race participants, sponsors like Fry’s Food Stores, and staff who made this annual event succeed,” Roberts said.
“Race Day support shows throughout the year in the form of education, screening and treatment programs - and every participant today made a significant impact. Our team experienced so much joy working towards this big day. We feel energized and excited to plan the 23rd Annual Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure.”
The 23rd Annual Susan G. Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure® will take place Oct. 11, 2015.
Susan G. Komen Central and Northern Arizona (Komen CAN AZ) is one of 120 Affiliates around the world dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front. Its service area encompasses all of central and northern Arizona, including Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal and Yavapai counties. Through events like the Susan G. Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure®, the Affiliate has invested more than $25.4 million in local breast health and breast cancer awareness projects in central and northern Arizona, and breast cancer research. Join us by calling 602-544-CURE (2873) or visit us online at http://www.komenCANaz.org. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.