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 CEO 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 approximately 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.
International Race Dates
The following international races are currently scheduled. Click on the country name for more information.
Nassau Paradise Island, January 18, 2014
Namur, May 4, 2014
Brussels, Sept. 7, 2014
Antwerp, Sept. 28, 2014
|Bosnia & Herzegovina
Sarajevo, Sept. 27, 2014 (tentative)
Tbilisi, Fall 2014 (date TBA)
Cologne, June 14, 2014
Frankfurt, September 28, 2014
Athens, September 28, 2014
Rome, May18, 2014
Bari, May 25, 2014
Bologna, September 28, 2014
San Juan, October 5, 2014
International Affiliates of Susan G. Komen® are currently operational in Italy, Germany and Puerto Rico. One hundred percent of the funds raised by International Affiliates remain in country to fund screening, education, and treatment.
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
- 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 8,000 participants and 500 breast cancer survivors each year. In 2013, Races were also hosted in Cologne and Hamburg.
- Komen Deutschland focuses on raising awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, conducting educational programs and funding breast cancer survivor support programs across the country awarding to date more than 50 grants totaling over 1.2 million Euros in total. Areas of funding include: survivor program support, support of breast cancer nurses, a breast cancer hotline, mammography screening guides, breast self-awareness campaigns, advocacy training and psycho-social support.
- One of the Affiliate's goals is to reach each newly diagnosed woman in Germany the breast clinic with Komen Deutschland's "Pink Info Bag" which provides these patients with guidance, important information and a sense of community from the very beginning of their journey with breast cancer. Over 20,000 women are reached with this program each year.
- Komen Deutschland conducts free educational sessions throughout the year. There continues to be a very large demand for breast health brochures. Since 2007, the Affiliate has sent out more than 60,000 brochures and makes them available for download on the Affiliate website.
"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
- 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®. 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, and Bologna.
- Komen Italia focuses on raising awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, conducting educational programs and campaigns, investing in survivor support programs across the country and raising money to fund screening and treatment programs for underserved women in Italy.
- The Rome Race has now grown to be the largest Race for the Cure event in the world attracting over 55,000 participants and 5,000 breast cancer survivors. Durring the two days 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 in 2000, the Affiliate has awarded 245 grants to 111 nonprofit organizations in 17 Italian regions totaling more than 2.1 million Euros. The Affiliate has supported 215 fellowships related to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. More than 8,700 women have been served and 97 breast cancers have been detected at Komen Italia Health Villages where the Affiliate offers high-quality and free screening opportunities to underserved and high-risk women.
- Komen Italia has built a strong network of nearly 100 nonprofit partner organizations.
- 934 free educational sessions for 34,000 attendees were held in 99 Italian cities to date.
- The Affiliate conducts year-round awareness events, produces culturally-appropriate educational materials and has successfully partnered with corporations to conduct cause related marketing campaigns.
"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 787-282-6611
Website/Email: www.komenpr.org firstname.lastname@example.org
- Susan G. Komen Puerto Rico was established in March 2003 and held its first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in October 2005 in San Juan. Komen Puerto Rico has grown to be the leading breast cancer organization on the island with the mission to save live by educating the public about the importance of early detection and ensuring quality screening and treatment for all.
- Since 2010, the Affiliate has invested US$800,000 US dollars in its community grants program which seeks to provide access to quality care to underserved populations and support to those affected by the disease. In 2013, Komen Puerto Rico grants provided over 2,800 mammograms and early screening tests for underserved women and more than 220 breast cancer patients received financial assistance in support of treating their disease.
- Susan G. Komen Puerto Rico's community education programs reached approximately 2 million people in 2013. Their signature education program Banderas creates educational links with different groups of the community, such as schools, organizations, corporations, and government entities. Over 40 partnerships have been established through the Banderas program and supports Komen’s programs in the following six categories: Mission, Communication, Education, Fundraising, Volunteer Bank and Advocacy.
- The Race for the Cure in San Juan has experienced tremendous growth and now attracts over 15,000 participants and 500 breast cancer survivors. It is the largest event of its kind on the island and will celebrate its 10th anniversary on October 5, 2014.
"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:
- Breast health education
- Spreading awareness and encouraging women to participate in the national mammography screening program in Belgium
- Raise funds to support breast cancer programs and survivor support.
- Provide financial support to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer
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
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 ®. 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 6th annual Bosnia & Herzegovina Race for the Cure®, a collaboration between JDC and Susan G Komen, took place in Sarajevo on October 5, 2013. 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". Visit our blog for coverage on last year’s Race for the Cure in Sarajevo: http://blog.komen.org/?p=4233