Third Annual Athens Race for the Cure Raises Nearly $100,000

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October 15, 2017                                                                                    Sarah Irvin Clark (614) 296-4057




(Athens, OH – Oct. 15, 2017) – An estimated 1,150 participants helped to raise nearly $100,000 at the third annual Athens Race for the Cure ® today. Proceeds will be directed to critical breast health programming, screening and treatment throughout Central and Southern 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 OU 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. 17.
  • A visit by the OU Marching 110’s Drum Line, Rufus the Bobcat and a start kicked off by Mayor Steve Patterson.

 “One-third of the diagnoses and deaths in the Komen Columbus 30-county service area are from southeastern Ohio,” said Katie Carter, Komen Columbus Executive Director. “The money and awareness we raised today will help address barriers specific to this region, including proximity to health facilities, transportation, and lack of or inadequate insurance and expensive co-pays. It also makes community solutions like the mobile mammography unit recently launched from OhioHealth possible.”

Southeastern Ohio receives about half of the funding Komen Columbus raises.

“We’re funding research and more to make sure Southeastern Ohio doesn’t experience a disparity of breast health care,” said Carter. “The need is great. This year, it’s projected that Southeastern 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 southeastern Ohio region: Athens, Vinton, Washington, Jackson, Morgan, Perry, Meigs, Gallia, Noble, Hocking, Scioto, Pike, Ross, Fairfield, Muskingum, Guernsey, Monroe and Lawrence.

About Susan G. Komen Columbus® Komen Columbus has funded more than $33 million since it began in 1993. Komen is the only breast cancer organization attacking the disease on all fronts through community outreach, research, advocacy and global work. Locally, Komen Columbus collaborates with community partners to fund education to the many women still unaware of their risk for breast cancer, screening to many uninsured and underinsured struggling in our current economy, and support to those diagnosed and undergoing treatment. Susan G. Komen® has invested more than $13.5 million in breast cancer research in Ohio and has overall invested $889 million in global research. For more information, please visit or call the Komen Columbus office at (614) 297-8155 or Toll Free: 1-866-611-2873. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Blog.