Inaugural Athens Race for the Cure® Raises More Than $100,000

Athens, Ohio – An estimated 1,650 participants helped to raise more than $100,000 at the first-ever Athens Race for the Cure ® on Sunday, October 25, 2015. The event was the only new Race for the Cure ® in the country this year; proceeds will be directed to critical breast health programming, screening and treatment throughout Central and Southern Ohio.

The emotional event was highlighted by:

·         90 breast cancer survivors wearing pink survivor shirts;

·         An estimated 200 volunteers (mostly OU students) along the course, at the expo and at the finish line;

·         76 corporate, civic and individual teams, including Team Philips, headed by Honorary Athens Race Chair and breast cancer survivor Nicole Phillips. Team Philips alone registered approximately 80 team members and raised an estimated $7,000.

·         More than $100,000 raised to support local breast cancer programming for underserved and underinsured women and national research.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this first partnership in Athens. Southeastern Ohio residents face numerous barriers to breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment,” said Katie Carter, Komen Columbus Executive Director.  “One-third of the diagnoses and deaths in the Komen Columbus 30-county service area are from southeastern Ohio. The money and awareness we raised today will help decrease those numbers.”

Proceeds from the Athens Race for the Cure will support programs in central and southeastern Ohio.

The event came to fruition from a partnership between Komen Columbus and Ohio University’s School of Nursing, which successfully held “Pink Paws for the Cause” 5K in 2014 and raised $3,000 for Komen Columbus.