BENEFITING: SUSAN G KOMEN Pittsburgh
ORGANIZER: SUSAN G KOMEN Pittsburgh
EVENT: 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon
EVENT DATE: May 06, 2018
This year I am working to acheive one of my most daunting goals yet - completing the Pittsburgh FULL marathon for the first time. As I spend the year training and running towards this goal, I ask you to help me meet a second and more important goal of mine - raising $500 (or more!) to support Susan G. Komen.
Running this race to benefit Susan G. Komen is very near and dear to me as breast cancer has affected countless family members and friends of mine and is likely to affect myself one day as well. Odds are somone in your life has been affected by this awful disease too.
Running has improved my life a thousand times over, and I hope to use this opportunity to improve the lives of others as well. All I ask is that you support myself in working towards these goals and women everywhere in the fight against breast cancer by making a donation - any amount will help.
Years ago I would have never dreamed I was capable of running 26 miles and years ago the survival rates and advanced treatments available today to beat breast cancer were just a dream too. Thank you sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, should you donate to help along both of these dreams. Together and with Susan G. Komen, we can help contribute to improving the lives of women everywhere.
"All you need is the courage to believe in yourself and put one foot in front of the other" - Katherien Switzer.
SUSAN G KOMEN Pittsburgh -
OUR MISSION | Save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
OUR BOLD GOAL | Reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.
Over the past twenty-five years, Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh has grown in size, impact, and service; having evolved from an annual Race for the Cure into a year-round, comprehensive nonprofit organization serving 34-counties in western and central Pennsylvania. In those twenty-five years, we have given over $20 million in local granting to meet community needs and over $7.6 million to national research; seventy-five percent of funds raised fund local education, screening, and treatment initiatives and twenty-five percent funds national research.
Through partnerships, such as the Run for a Reason charity partnership, we are able to provide extensive community outreach and education through our grants program. We are the sole funder of the Mammogram Voucher Program (MVP), which provides uninsured women and men with mammograms and follow-up diagnostic services, having invested over $11.5 million to support this program.
Over three decades ago, pink was just another color. Today, pink often symbolizes and is associated with breast cancer awareness. Pink ribbons are the international symbol for breast cancer and pink seems to be everywhere, from bagels to clothing, from Terrible Towels to jewelry. But today pink is more than just a color, it is more than just a symbol; it is an opportunity for you to join the Susan G. Komen® Pittsburgh Affiliate in turning awareness into action, to be… More Than Pink.
While research has made incredible strides in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, the cures for this disease still elude us. It is estimated that in 2017, among U.S. women, 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed and an estimated 40,450 women will die as a result of breast cancer. Approximately 2,600 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in men in the U.S. in 2017, and 440 men will die from breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization has undertaken a very bold plan to reduce the nation’s current 40,000 annual breast cancer deaths by 50 percent over the next 10 years by improving access to quality and timely cancer care for the underserved, as well as enhancing research focus on lethal breast cancers.
With this bold goal in sight, it is now time to demonstrate that Komen is more than a color - that we are More Than Pink. Every day we renew our commitment to find the cures for breast cancer and shine hope into the lives of those battling all stages of this horrible disease. Together, we look with hope to a day without breast cancer.