The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series® originated 29 years ago in Dallas, Texas, USA, and is recognized as the world's largest and most successful series of 5K run/fitness walk events designed to raise public awareness of breast cancer. When Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, organized the first Komen Race for the Cure in 1983 in Dallas, she didn't know that her revolutionary concept would be so popular. From the first event's 800 participants, the concept has now expanded to annual Races that attract more than 1.6 million participants in more than 150 locations globally.
Thanks to the interest, hard work and collaboration of a variety of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governmental agencies, and individuals who want to make a difference in breast cancer mortality rates, Komen Race for the Cure events are being organized in places throughout the world Ambassador Brinker never dreamed of 29 years ago.
In addition to the eight international Races conducted by our Komen Affiliates in Germany, Italy and Puerto Rico, Komen is currently collaborating with select NGOs in Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Central Asia to host co-branded, culturally appropriate Races. In total, 18 international Races were be held worldwide in 2012.
International Race Dates
The following international races are currently scheduled. Click on the country name for more information.
||Nassau Paradise Island, January 14, 2012
Namur, May 6, 2012
Antwerp, September 30, 2012
|Bosnia & Herzegovina
||Sarajevo, September 29, 2012
||Tbilisi, June 10, 2012
Hamburg, June 3, 2012
Cologne, June 16, 2012
Frankfurt, September 30, 2012
|| Kumasi, May 25, 2012
||Athens, September 30, 2012
||Jerusalem, May 3, 2012
Rome, May 20, 2012
Bari, May 27, 2012
Bologna, September 30, 2012
Naples, October 7, 2012
||San Juan, September 30, 2012
||Dar es Salaam, October 21, 2012
||Tashkent, May 1, 2012
Name/Contact: Susan G. KOMEN Deutschland e.V., Heinrich-Hoffmann-Straße 3, 60528 Frankfurt, Germany; +49 (0) 69-678 65 38 0
Website/E-mail: www.komen.de / www.raceforthecure.de / firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan G. Komen Deutschland e.V. was established in 1999/2000. Komen Deutschland e.V. held its first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® in August 2000 in Frankfurt which now attracts nearly 6,000 participants and 400 breast cancer survivors each year. On May 15, 2011, the Affiliate is hosting the first Race for the Cure® in Hamburg, Germany. Susan G. Komen Deutschland conducts extensive breast cancer awareness campaigns and focuses on educating the German public on the importance of early detection. Thousands of newly diagnosed women have benefited from receiving the Affiliate's "Pink Info Bag" which provides them with emotional support, important patient information and resources for support groups. Thanks to fundraising activities like the Race for the Cure®, Pink Tie Ball® and cause marketing initiatives, the Affiliate has invested nearly 1.2 million Euros in community grants to breast cancer programs across Germany.
Name/Contact: Susan G. Komen Italia onlus, Via Venanzio Fortunato, 55, 00136 Rome, Italy; +39.06.30.50.988
Website/Email: www.komen.it / www.raceforthecure.it / email@example.com
Susan G. Komen Italia's activities began with their "Educational Program in Breast Cancer in Italy" in 1999 and shortly thereafter, they became an Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In May 2000, Komen Italia conducted its first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® in Rome, the first ever held in Europe. In 2007, the Affiliate began expanding its Race series and there are now annual Races in Rome, Bari, Bologna and Naples. By 2010, the Rome Race grew to be the second largest Race for the Cure event in the world attracting nearly 53,000 participants and more than 2,000 breast cancer survivors. The day before each Race, Komen Italia's Health Village provides free breast cancer screening to underserved women. Doctors and technicians volunteer their time to screen women who otherwise would not be able to afford the exams. Since its inception, the Affiliate has invested approximately 1.5 million Euros in community grants to breast cancer programs in Italy.
Name/Contact: Puerto Rico Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure; Doral Bldg., Suite 200, 650 Muñoz Rivera Ave., 00918 San Juan, Puerto Rico; 787- 751-9096 or 787-282-6611
Website/Email: www.komenpr.org / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Puerto Rico Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure was established in March 2003 and held its first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in October 2005 in San Juan. The Race has experienced steady growth and reached the 10,000 participant mark in 2010. In 2006, Komen Puerto Rico launched their signature educational outreach program Banderas. The main goal of Banderas is to create educational links with different groups of the community, such as schools, organizations, corporations, and government entities. Banderas is also used as a tool to recruit new volunteers, trainers, and breast health educators in order to spread breast health messages to every family on the island. Thanks to their successful fundraising efforts, the Affiliate has been able to fund island-wide education programs, mobile mammography screening and a local survivor support group.
Ghana - Breast Care International (BCI) is a Ghanaian based non-profit organization established in 2002 by Dr. Beatrice Wiafe. BCI is dedicated to establishing breast cancer awareness centers throughout the country and to creating breast cancer awareness among Ghanaian women, especially the rural women who represent a majority of the country's population. The objective of the BCI centers is to educate women about breast cancer, teach them how to perform their own breast self examination, undertake screening exercises, diagnosis, counseling, treatment and rehabilitation, and conduct research into the various breast pathologies, especially breast cancer in Ghana.
The 2nd annual Susan G. Komen Ghana Race for the Cure®, a collaboration between Breast Care International and Susan G Komen for the Cure, will take place in Kumasi on May 25, 2012. For more information about participating in this Race or supporting BCI, please visit www.breastcareghana.org.
Georgia - Women Wellness Care Alliance "HERA" is a non-profit organization established by female health professionals in 2000, HERA is dedicated to improving breast health and eliminating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease in Georgia. HERA's goals are to promote early detection of breast cancer and treatment, improve the quality of breast health care services, eliminate stigma surrounding breast cancer and advocate for underserved women.
The 4th annual Georgia Race for the Cure®, a collaboration between Women Wellness Care Alliance "HERA" and Susan G Komen for the Cure, will take place in Tbilisi on June 10, 2012. For more information about participating in this Race or supporting HERA, please visit www.raceforthecure.ge.
Tanzania -The Tanzania Breast Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 by a group of determined women with breast cancer. Their aim is to address the limitations in care & support services available for breast cancer patients and their goal is to create a future where no one in Tanzania has to deal with this frightening disease alone. The organization provides information about breast cancer, advice on treatment options, and offers a network of fellow breast cancer patients.
The 4th annual Tanzania Race for the Cure®, a collaboration between Tanzania Breast Cancer Foundation and Susan G Komen for the Cure, will take place in Dar es Salaam on October 21, 2012. For more information about participating in this Race or supporting TBCF, please visit http://tzbreastcancer.org.
Belgium – v.z.w. Think-Pink is a Brussels-based national breast cancer organization founded in 2007. Think-Pink works with both national and local breast cancer organizations. During the last three years, Think-Pink has successfully managed breast cancer awareness campaigns on television and the internet, in magazines and through local activities. The organization's focus is to raise breast cancer awareness among Belgian women and will begin conducting outreach to breast cancer survivors in the future.
Think-Pink is adding a second Race to its lineup of events this year. The 2nd annual Belgium Race for the Cure® in Namur will take place on May 6, 2012 and the 4th annual Belgium Race for the Cure® in Antwerp on September 30, 2012. For more details about participating in these Races or supporting Think-Pink, please visit www.raceforthecure.be .
Greece - The Pan-Hellenic Association of Women with Breast Cancer "Alma Zois" was founded in 1988 by breast cancer survivors who aspired to offer to other survivors the necessary support for dealing with their illness and achieving a better quality of life. In the last 20+ years, the Association has grown and numbers 1,200 survivor members and many associate (non-survivor) members. The Board of Directors consists of seven members, all of whom are breast cancer survivors. The Association's scientific work is designed by full-time mental health professionals and is approved by a 23-member multidisciplinary Scientific Committee.
Their vision is to offer every woman in Greece information on breast cancer prevention and early detection and full psychosocial support to every woman who deals with breast cancer. Alma Zois provides many services including organized peer support, psychosocial support to breast cancer patients and their families, breast cancer awareness campaigns and advocacy campaigns for the breast cancer patient's rights.
The 4th annual Greece Race for the Cure®, a collaboration between Alma Zois and Susan G Komen for the Cure®, will take place in Athens on September 30, 2012. For more information about participating in this Race or supporting Alma Zois, please visit www.almazois.gr/race.
Bosnia & Herzegovina - Established in 1995, the Women's Health Empowerment Program (WHEP) is an innovative overseas public education movement that encourages the early detection of breast cancer—when it is treated more easily. WHEP is a partnership between the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC),an overseas humanitarian aid organization that works in over 70 countries and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. WHEP was re-launched in Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2004 through this partnership. The Program builds leadership, creates new services (such as support groups and hotlines), strengthens doctor-patient communication, and facilitates partnerships among government agencies, NGOs and the medical and health community.
The 5th annual Bosnia & Herzegovina Race for the Cure®, a collaboration between JDC and Susan G Komen for the Cure, will take place in Sarajevo on September 29, 2012. For more information about participating in this Race please visit www.whep-bh.com/raceforthecure.php. To support the Race financially, please visit https://www.jdc.org/donation/donate.aspx?type=RFTC and view the information under "Breast Cancer Survival Program".
Download: JDC-Komen Race for the Cure Bosnia Herzegovina
Uzbekistan - The National Breast Cancer Association of Uzbekistan brings together specialists, grassroots people and breast cancer survivors, and has been working over the past 3 years to broaden opportunities for the prevention, early detection and treatment of breast cancer and other female cancers. The Association annually organizes a series of major events in an effort to improve the medico-social and psychological support of women in Uzbekistan. These activities also seek to draw public attention to the problem of breast cancer.
The 1st annual Susan G. Komen Uzbekistan Race for the Cure®, a collaboration between the National Breast Cancer Association of Uzbekistan and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will take place in Tashkent on May 1, 2012.