PORTLAND, Ore. – The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure received the green light Sunday after organizers were concerned air quality might cancel the race on Saturday.
“We were watching the weather patterns and we were consulting with meteorologists and our media partners,” said Andrew Asato, the race's executive director.
“Individual health is most important, and we don’t want anyone to compromise their health. So we wanted to be really careful,” Asato said. “Fortunately we got wedged between the smoke and the rain, the much needed rain, and we’re just delighted. It’s a nice cold chilly fall day out here.”
Co-presented by Les Schwab and Tektronix, this signature Komen event is one of the largest breast cancer awareness and fundraising events in the region.
“I survived breast cancer six years ago, so here we are,” said Jueleen Probstgaard, who joined the Race for the Cure with her family. This was her first race.
Also a first this year was that people were allowed to register their dogs. Jueleen brought her dogs, Poppy and Reba, with her.
This year, the race took a bit of a different course, on the sidewalks, not the street,
“We’re going to cross the Steel bridge, up the esplanade, and back over the Hawthorne Bridge, so it will be a nature walk, if you will,” Asato said.
Everyone here, has a mission. Everyone has a person reason for their journey. Stephanie Losli’s inspiration is her mom, Carol.
"My mom fought breast cancer and won,” said Losli, joined with several members of her family, in bright pink, wearing pink capes. “She was diagnosed three years ago. She fought hard and fast and here she is. Doing great.”
Their support means everything, and just to see all the people down here fighting this horrible disease, it’s just a very worthwhile event to come to,” Carol said.
Seventy five percent of the funds from Sunday's event support critical, local programs: screening, diagnosis and treatment services, safe and accurate breast cancer information, and patient navigation programs.
The remaining 25 percent will go toward understanding metastasis and how to prevent recurrence and develop more effective treatment. Two leading research centers in Portland, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and Providence Cancer Center, have received significant grants from Susan G. Komen.