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 nearly 1 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 2017, we expect to have 14 international Races in 9 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 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 Italia onlusWebsite/Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Circonvallazione Clodia, 78/a00195 – Roma
Centr. 06.3540551/2 Tel 06.30.50.988 Fax email@example.com
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
"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!"
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
Cynthia Medina, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the young age of 35
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.
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 8th annual Georgia Race for the Cure®, a collaboration between Women Wellness Care Alliance "HERA" and Susan G Komen, took place in Tbilisi on October 30, 2016.
For more information about participating in this Race or supporting HERA, please visit www.georgiarace.com.
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 8th annual Greece Race for the Cure®, a collaboration between Alma Zois and Susan G Komen ®, took place in Athens, September 25, 2016. For more information about participating in this Race or supporting Alma Zois, please visit www.almazois.gr/race.
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.
Romania: Renasterea Foundation for Women's Health is a Romanian NGO established in September 2001 ,with a mission to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast and cervical cancer, promoting the need for a national screening program in Romania.
For the last 15 years, the Foundation has developed information campaigns, has acquired and operated 2 mammography vans offering free of charge mammography to more than 18,000 women in rural areas. In 2015, Renasterea Foundation and Susan G Komen Foundation joined forces in organizing the first edition of Race for the Cure Romania. More than 2500 people participated, making it the most important awareness, educational and fundraising event for breast cancer. Every year, on October 1st, Renasterea illuminates in pink the most representative buildings in Bucharest to remind women to do the annual medical check-up.
Renasterea Foundation is currently conducting one annual Race for the Cure® event in Bucharest. For more details, please visit www.fundatiarenasterea.ro or Facebook/Fundatia Renasterea
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