The Race for the Cure is Coming to Athens, Ohio!

We’re excited to announce that the Race for the Cure is expanding beyond the streets of downtown Columbus to the brick streets around Ohio University! In partnership with the Ohio University School of Nursing, we will be launching our inaugural Athens Race for the Cure in Athens, Ohio on Sunday, October 25, 2015.

Susan G. Komen Columbus has supported 30 counties in Southeastern and Central Ohio for many years and we look forward to bringing a new race to the Athens community and surrounding counties. Since 2000, Komen has funded $4.5 million in programs exclusively to support and educate the women in southeast Ohio.

Komen_RFC_Athens_School_Nursing_colorGreen“The Athens Race for the Cure will help support programs that address the needs of women in Southeastern Ohio, which has a screening rate lower than that national average,”said Katie Carter, executive director at Komen Columbus. “Improving access to screenings can mean the difference between successfully treating early-stage breast cancer and losing a loved one whose diagnosis came too late.”

The new race will also help us address issues that can get in the way of healthcare, such as transportation, access for the uninsured or underinsured, and a lack of awareness about the importance of early detection.

Komen Columbus is partnering with the Ohio University’s School of Nursing, which successfully held “Pink Paws for the Cause” 5K in 2014 and raised $3,000 for Komen Columbus.

“The idea of a 5K race started with a desire to get my students engaged with the community outside of campus,” said Eliza Harper, Assistant Professor at the Ohio University School of Nursing. “I know how hard it is to access preventative care in the area. Our partnership with Komen Columbus will allow us to make a great impact to our community and will also allow my students be part of the solution to address those disparities. It’s a win-win for us all.”

We are registering today for our new adventure in Athens and we would love for you to join us!
Email us if you want more information or would like to help organize the race.