The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series® originated in1983 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 Chair of Global Strategy of Susan G. Komen® 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 1.5 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 30 years ago.
In 2014, we expect to have 13 international Races in 8 countries with more than 150 Races globally. International Komen Race for the Cure events are unique in each country, however, they all share the common goal of a world without breast cancer.
The following international races are currently scheduled. Click on the country name for more information.
International Affiliates of Susan G. Komen® currently operate in Italy, Germany and Puerto Rico. Thanks to the millions of women and men who have joined Komen's global breast cancer movement, Komen is the world's largest source of nonprofit funds for breast cancer.
Name/Contact: Susan G. KOMEN Deutschland e.V.,Heinrich-Hoffmann-Straße 3, 60528 Frankfurt, Germany;+49 69-678 65 38 0 +49 69-678 65 38 0 FREE Website/E-mail:www.komen.de www.raceforthecure.de/ firstname.lastname@example.org
"It's common for Germans to hide their breast cancer out of shame. My doctor told me that chemo made me infertile, then left me to cope with that knowledge by myself. I felt lost and depressed. People avoided talking to me. Everything changed when I found Komen! I felt a strong sense of community, got my strength back and finally feel empowered to make a difference. I am currently the volunteer Race Chair for the Komen Race for the Cure in Hamburg, recently spoke about my experience on national television, and best of all, I proved my doctor wrong because I am the mother of a healthy boy!" tells Johanna about being faced with breast cancer in her early 30s.
-Johanna Zwarg, young breast cancer survivor and former Race Chair in Hamburg
Name/Contact: Susan G. Komen Italia onlus, Via Venanzio Fortunato, 55, 00136 Rome, Italy; +39.06.30.50.988 +39.06.30.50.988 FREE Website/Email: www.komen.it www.raceforthecure.it email@example.com
"Being faced with breast cancer completely stopped my ability to think and make decisions. I felt very insecure. I was reluctant during my first time at the theater-therapy course, but with each time I felt better and I couldn't wait to go back. The night of our final performance in front of a large audience, I was a new woman. I felt self-confident. Empowered. If somebody asked me what this experience has given to me, I'd answer: It gave me my life back!"
-Maria Grazia, breast cancer survivor and participant in the theater therapy course lead by Komen Italia's grantee T.E.C.T.A. Clan H
Name/Contact: Puerto Rico Affiliate of Susan G. Komen®; Doral Bldg., Suite 401, 650 Muñoz Rivera Ave., 00918 San Juan, Puerto Rico; 787- 751-9096 or 787-282-6611Website/Email: www.komenpr.org firstname.lastname@example.org
"I never imagined that an educational piece of Susan G. Komen Puerto Rico was going to change my life. When I held it in my hands, I just knew that I had to take it with me. When I found a lump in my left breast, I first thought I was way too young to have breast cancer. You always think it's not going to happen to you. Now I know how important it is to know what's normal for you and to take action immediately when noticing a change."
– Cynthia Medina, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the young age of 35.
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 5th annual Georgia Race for the Cure®, a collaboration between Women Wellness Care Alliance "HERA" and Susan G Komen, took place in Tbilisi on October 13, 2013. Read our blog for more coverage on this event: http://blog.komen.org/?p=4250
For more information about participating in this Race or supporting HERA, please visit www.georgiarace.com.
Belgium: v.z.w. Think-Pink is a Brussels-based national breast cancer organization founded in 2007. Susan G. Komen entered into a partnership with Think-Pink in October 2008. The organization's four areas of focus are:
In partnership with Susan G. Komen, Think-Pink is currently conducting three annual Race for the Cure® events in Antwerp, Brussels and Namur. For more details about participating in these Races or supporting Think-Pink, please visit www.raceforthecure.be or www.think-pink.be. Visit our blog for coverage on last year’s event in Antwerp: http://blog.komen.org/?p=4028
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 5th annual Greece Race for the Cure®, a collaboration between Alma Zois and Susan G Komen ®, took place in Athens, September 29, 2013. For more information about participating in this Race or supporting Alma Zois, please visit www.almazois.gr/race. Visit our blog for coverage on last year’s Race for the Cure in Athens: http://blog.komen.org/?p=4028
Tanzania: The Tanzania Breast Cancer Foundation (TBCF) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization which was founded by a group of determined local breast cancer survivors. These women recognized the importance of creating an active and efficient support system for breast cancer patients which was lacking in Tanzania..
Their aim is to address the limitations in care and support services available to breast cancer patients in Tanzania. TBCF wants to create a future where no one in Tanzania has to deal with fighting the disease alone. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life of women living with breast cancer and their families through provision of counseling, education, financial assistance, advocacy and advisory services. The Tanzania Breast Cancer Foundation is the first and only of its kind in the country and receives an overwhelming amount of patients. For more information, please visit breastcancertz.org. Visit our blog for coverage on last year’s event in Dar es Salaam: http://blog.komen.org/?p=4250