Athens Race for the Cure® Raises Nearly $100,000 and Counting!

Athens, Ohio – An estimated 1,300 participants helped to raise nearly $100,000 at the Second Annual Athens Race for the Cure® on Sunday, Oct. 23. Proceeds will be directed to critical breast health programming, screening and treatment throughout central and southeast Ohio.

It was a beautiful fall day in Athens that was highlighted by:
• 90 breast cancer survivors wearing pink survivor shirts;
• An estimated 200 volunteers (mostly Ohio University  students) along the course, at the Expo and at the finish line;
• Nearly $100,000 (and counting) was raised to support local breast cancer programming for underserved and underinsured women and national research. NOTE: donations and fundraising are still taking place through Nov. 18. MAKE A DONATION TODAY.
• A visit by the Ohio University cheerleaders and Rufus the Bobcat, and many more special guests.

“One-third of the diagnoses and deaths in the Komen Columbus 30-county service area are from southeast Ohio,” said Katie Carter, Komen Columbus Executive Director. “The money and awareness we raised at the Race will help address barriers specific to this region, including proximity to health facilities, transportation, and lack of or inadequate insurance and expensive co-pays.”

“We’re funding research and more to make sure Southeast Ohio doesn’t experience a disparity of breast health care,” said Carter. “The need is great. This year, it’s projected that Southeast Ohio will have 365 new breast cancers diagnosed; 171 late-stage diagnoses; and 71 deaths.”

Proceeds from the Athens Race for the Cure will support programs specific to the 18 counties in the southeast Ohio region: Athens, Vinton, Washington, Jackson, Morgan, Perry, Meigs, Gallia, Noble, Hocking, Scioto, Pike, Ross, Fairfield, Muskingum, Guernsey, Monroe and Lawrence.

Check out our Athens Race Day pictures and while you’re at it, please take a quick survey so we can improve the Race for next year.

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Thank you for your support!

The Komen Columbus Staff

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