Event Aimed at Breaking through Stigmas and Myths; Educating and Uniting Women Against the Most Frequently Diagnosed Cancer in Women Worldwide
KUMASI, Ghana – May 23, 2011 –
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® makes history again this week as more than 12,000 walkers and runners participate in the first Susan G. Komen Ghana Race for the Cure® on African Union Day -- May 25 -- in Kumasi. It is the third Komen Race for the Cure in Africa.
The Ghana Race is presented by Breast Care International (BCI), a leading breast cancer awareness and research organization in Ghana, to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer programs throughout the country.
Komen Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Katrina McGhee
is participating in the Ghana Race, along with BCI President Dr. Beatrice Waife-Addai and government officials. Dr. Wiafe-Addai has held walks and runs for breast cancer in Ghana over the past decade.
“We thought it timely to bring the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to Ghana, as we believe that in our own inimitable and special Ghanaian way, we could contribute to raising awareness of this disease, which affects us all in varying degrees -- women, men and children,” Wiafe-Addai said.
Building on a platform of partnership and global health diplomacy in more than 50 countries, including seven in Africa, Komen has granted more than $462,000 in funding to Ghana for programs that educate Ghanaian women about breast cancer, encourage screening and provide treatment. More than 2,000 Ghanaian women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Ghana, many in late stages of the disease.
“There is a significant need for education and support here in Ghana,” McGhee said. “So many women arrive for treatment at very late stages of this disease, often with tumors breaking through their skin. Early detection and early treatment can help us save women, which is our ultimate goal in partnership with Ghanaian organizations and government officials.”
Several organizations and institutions are active in breast cancer programs in Ghana, including Waife-Addai’s BCI, Reach for Recovery Ghana, the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and Sister Support Network.
The breast cancer movement in Ghana has received strong support from His Royal Highness Otumfuo Osei Tutu II (Asantehene), with President John Evan Atta Mills, former Ghanaian President John Kuffour, Vice President John Dramani Mahamal Health Minister Joseph Yileh Kyere and officials throughout the Ghanaian government. U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Donald Teitlebaum, and U.S. Embassy staff, are enthusiastic supporters of the movement.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series
of 5K runs and fitness walks raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. It attracts people of all ages and fitness levels, from walkers to elite runners. Since it started in 1983, 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 1.6 million people participating on four continents. About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure® and Komen 3-Day for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. About Breast Care International
Led by breast care specialist and surgeon, Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe-Addai, Breast Care International (BCI) was conceived and formed in October 2002.BCI is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to the establishment of breast cancer awareness centers throughout the country. Its goals are tailored at:
• The creation of breast cancer awareness among Ghanaian women, especially rural women because they constitute the majority
• Educating the population about the existence of breast cancer,
• Organizing breast cancer screening campaigns, counseling and rehabilitation.
• Researching into the various breast pathologies especially breast cancer in Ghana.
For more information contact BCI via email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and tel: ±233 244 099140 or +233 208 168513.