Susan G. Komen, the Minnesota Affiliate is having their 22nd Annual Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, 2014 at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. The address is: Mall of America, 60 East Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425. This is at the intersection of 494 and Hwy. 77, just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. What a great way to spend Mother’s Day.
This is a time that you can walk or run. It will bring breast cancer survivors together, those getting ready for other races, folks who want to walk or run in honor or memory of a BC survivor a chance to participate in a great event. There are very competitive runners, wheelchair athletes, and even lots of teens. It can be your family event, and it will make a difference in the lives of others. I just love all the vendors, free stuff, health fair tent, and the excitement. It is like no other event in Minnesota.
This event is really important because it raises funds for breast cancer research and money to help breast cancer patients in our state. Yet, 75% stays locally in Minnesota. There is 25% that is invested in Komen’s Foundation Breast Cancer Research Program.
Major funding from the Minnesota Sage Program comes from this source. It provides free mammograms to patients who cannot afford them. It also provides treatment, if they are diagnosed under that program. For years I have been on the Mn Sage phone bank and I can remember all the people calling with very high deductibles. Can you image upwards of $10,000.00 deductible?
If you are a young women under 40 and have symptoms, there is money to help you get a mammogram through a special program provided by Susan G. Komen.
Grants to other non-profits who help breast cancer patients with daily living expenses who are going through treatment and other breast cancer programs is made possible through this funding. Funding is based on last year’s fundraising efforts. As we all know fundraising is down in the state for non-profits. They have had to make some changes.
Last year I went to a non-profit conference, and they talked about non-profits having businesses support their efforts even more.
Check out the website for their great event at: www.komenminnesota.org. Right now registration is only $30.00 to walk or run. There is a 5 K timed run (outside), 5 K non-competitive walk (outside), and 1 K non-competitive walk inside the Mall of the America. Yes, you can be in a wheel chair and participate.
If you cannot participate make a donation in honor or memory of someone who has had breast cancer or has it at this time. I truly believe they do make a difference in the lives of breast cancer patients in our state.
As Susan G. Komen states on their flyer: We live here. We race here. We save lives here.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer for women. Support your mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, cousins. Maybe even your brother or uncle. Men get breast cancer in rare occasions. I would say about 400 men in our state roughly without looking up the exact facts. In Duluth I know there are at least 3 men but there are probably a lot more. You may ask how this could happen. It could be from the BRCA1/2 gene.