The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. Established in 1982, the Komen Race for the Cure Series has grown from one Race with 800 people in Dallas to a global series of more than 140 races with 1.7 million people participating in four continents. Since its inception, Komen has funded more than $889 million in research, more than $1.95 billion in medical care, community and provider education and psychosocial support. Komen focuses on supporting those with the fewest resources: uninsured, underinsured and low-income women and men unable to access care.
The Komen Bahamas event is an opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate survivorship, remember those who have lost their fight to the disease and raise awareness about a health issue that affects thousands of women and men in The Bahamas.One hundred percent of the net proceeds raised in The Bahamas, remain in The Bahamas. No matter who you are or what you do, you can help fight breast cancer and support breast cancer awareness 365 days a year.
By participating in the Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure® 5k, you will experience an event that has changed the way the world views breast cancer. You can make a difference as you celebrate survivorship, honor those who have lost their battle, and most importantly, raise funds and awareness for the fight against this life-threatening disease.
One way you can help is by forming a team and joining the fight where you live, work, worship and play by participating in this incredible event on January 14, 2017. Teams engender camaraderie and a sense of good time while donating to a most worthy event. There are team awards as well as age-group awards starting from age 10. It is an event for the entire family. The 3.1-mile Race welcomes people of all ages and fitness levels, from walkers to elite runners. The early morning Saturday start is a terrific way to start the weekend. The 5k event raises significant funds for the beneficiaries. 100% of the net income, from the Race, stays in the local community to fund breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment projects.
The Impact of Genetic Research on Breast Cancer in The Bahamas: Dr. John Lunn
Generic research has clearly shown that Bahamian women with breast cancer have the highest prevalence of an inherited gene in the BRAC gene in the world. In fact, more than 25% of Bahamian women with breast cancer have this inherited pre-disposition. Carriers of this mutation can now plan preventative strategies. More and more young women are now coming forward for prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. They are also aware that if they have their ovaries removed (at age 35) it will give them a 70% protection against breast cancer and eliminate the risk of ovarian cancer which is also associated with this generic abnormality.
One woman’s desire to see a better life for women battling
breast cancer sparked a global breast cancer movement. In 1980, Nancy G.
Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan, that she would do everything
in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became
the Susan G. Komen® organization and the beginning of a global movement.
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