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Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure® Celebrates 25th Year Fighting Breast Cancer in the National Capital Region

WWE Superstar John Cena Served As Grand Marshal, Called on Women to Live Active Lifestyles

WASHINGTON, D.C. – MAY 10, 2014 – Susan G. Komen held its annual Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The walk marked its 25th year in the nation’s capital.

Since its inception in 1990, Susan G. Komen has invested more than $35 million for over 300 community grants to local programs in the National Capital Region dedicated to reaching low-income, minority and uninsured women in areas where breast cancer rates are the highest. In addition, more than $23 million has gone to 98 research grants in the Region, including Georgetown University, The Institute of Medicine, Howard University and The George Washington University, among others.  In total, more than $58 million has been invested by Komen in Washington, D.C.

Currently, Washington, D.C. has the highest incidence and mortality rate from breast cancer in the country.  Women in D.C. are being diagnosed with breast cancer at a rate 20 percent higher than the national average and are dying from the disease at a rate 40 percent higher. In addition, Washington has the highest rate of late-stage diagnosis, when breast cancer is most difficult to treat.

“As a member of the medical community, one of the things that really stood out to me when I joined Komen was our commitment to supporting the newest science and the most dedicated researchers,” said Susan G. Komen President and CEO Judy Salerno, MD, MS. “We’ve funded more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit and we’re looking at ways to prevent breast cancer and cure breast cancer, while we help the women and men who are facing the disease today.”

WWE superstar John Cena served as grand marshal of the event and was joined by WWE Divas Alicia Fox and Layla. Susan G. Komen and WWE began their partnership in October 2012 with the “Rise Above Cancer” campaign during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The partnership to date has raised more than $1 million. Cena’s participation at the 2014 Global Race kicked off a weeklong partnership between Cena, Komen and WWE’s Divas in honor of National Women’s Health Week, beginning on May 11. The campaign is intended to remind women how a healthy lifestyle is critical in the fight against breast cancer.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) served as the 2014 Global Race Honorary Co-Chairs. Members of the National Capital Region Honorary Committee included Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.); and Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Jim Moran (D-Va.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. In the United States, one case of breast cancer is diagnosed every two minutes, and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes. A lack of health insurance and living in lower-income areas are both associated with lower survival rates among breast cancer patients, as well as the presence of other illnesses, unequal access to care and disparities in treatment.

Read more about the work of Komen's 2014 National Capital Area grantees.