It's why we race...
Have you picked out your funniest pink hat,combed out your pink wig, or bought your new track shoes yet for the "Race for the Cure"?
No? Okay, that's alright, you have time. It's not until Sunday, September 21st.
I just wanted you to start thinking ahead. Mark that day on your calendar.
I always love to see the crazy outfits people wear to celebrate the Portland- Vancouver "Race for the Cure".
I started thinking about the race today, because I emceed a luncheon where "Susan G. Komen For the Cure" recognized organizations that receive funding from Komen and the race to help fight breast cancer in our community.
I thought you'd like to know where some of the money goes that you help raise.
75% of the money raised stays in Oregon and Southwest Washington to fund vital programs and services.
The other 25% is combined with other Komen affiliates nationwide to fuel national research.
Just today, "Komen for the Cure" announced the awarding of 100-million dollars in scientific research grants to help find a cure for breast cancer.
That is the largest amount in Komen's 26 year history... and a 30 percent increase over last year.
Hip Hip Hooray for all of us!
Nearly 48-thousand of us who raced did our part by raising more than two-million dollars.
Here in Portland, we awarded nearly One and a half MILLION dollars to 28 organizations to help in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
Organizations cover the entire state and SW Washington: from Portland and Vancouver to Medford, Burns,Celilo,Salem and Grants Pass.
Komen's goal is to try to reach as many people as possible in the state regardless of race,nationality,sexual orientation or special needs.
Grantees include the African American Health Coalition; the Asian Health and Service Center;The Celilo Cancer Center serving Native Americans; the Russian Oregon Social Services; Providence Medical Center's Vietnamese-American Health Promoter Training Program; and Hacienda CDC, serving Latina women.
Together, we can meet Komen For the Cure's promise of a world without breast cancer.
We are getting closer to that goal everyday.
So, start thinking about warmer weather and summer time, and getting your team together for this year's "Race for the Cure".
Because we are all on the same team. Thank you for racing for the cure.