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Let's make this the BEST race ever!

by Laural Porter

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 8:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:32 PM

Hi everyone. Thank you for checking out our Race for the Cure page here on

This is a cause I very much believe in.

I lost my Step-mother,Suzan Porter, last year. She was a courageous breast cancer survivor for many years.

In Suzan's memory and as the mother of four children, I am determined, as I know you are too, to help find a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime.

I want to thank all of you who took part in the 2007 Race For the Cure.

You helped us set all kinds of records... most people ever participating in the Portland/Vancouver Race for The Cure... most money raised (2.93 million dollars)... and most number of teams racing.

That made us the largest race of any kind on the West Coast and the third largest Komen Race For the Cure in the country.

Way to go. Because of you we were able to provide 7,000 mammograms to local women who are uninsured.

We also teamed up with other Komen affiliates to fund an all time high of 100 million dollars for breast cancer research in 2008!

That is truly amazing.

Give yourselves a big pat on the back!

Now, we must raise the bar, if we are indeed going to find a cure for breast cancer.

This year, our goal is to have 50,000 people participate in the 2008 race on September 21st and to raise a whopping THREE MILLION dollars.

Together, I know we can do it.

Even though we provided 7,000 mammograms, there is a documented need in our area for 44,000!

The fact still remains that Oregon and Southwest Washington have the highest breast cancer incidence rates in the nation.

Although, we don't know why, that should empower us to be advocates not only for our own health, but also for those who are in desperate need of access to health care, education,and support.

We had a tremendously successful race in 2007. But, we want... we need to do even better.

Together, we must discover and deliver the cures... if we are going to end breast cancer forever.

Thank you for being a part of our team.

Please form your own team by going to the Komen website.

You can also donate on my behalf to my team Team KGW.

Let's go team!