Should You Race for the Cure?

After the run, where does your money go?

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When Arkansas women hit the pavement in pink, they mean business. Some race for friends and family members they’ve lost to breast cancer; others celebrate victory from it. Each year, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure attracts women from across the state racing for the same cause, to cure breast cancer. Last year, almost 30,000 runners and walkers raised money to fund breast cancer research in Arkansas. But how does running in charity races actually help to fight diseases?

 

It is more than a race. Worldwide, Susan G. Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided more than $1.6 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs. When you race or donate in Arkansas, 75% of all funds raised stay in our state to fund breast health programs for women. That means you’re donating almost $20 of your race registration fee to help women in Arkansas that wouldn’t be able to afford treatment otherwise!

 

Our community in central Arkansas directly benefits from your donations as well. Susan G. Komen handed out 21 grants totaling over $900,000 funded by last year’s run to organizations across the state of Arkansas this year. This includes Baptist Health’s Early Detection Program, Genetic Screening Program and Positive Appearance Program. That’s your donations at work right in your community!

 

How can you help?

There are many ways to get involved and make a contribution towards fighting breast cancer. Register as a team or individual to walk or run this year’s 5K, or think about becoming a sponsor of the race. Your participation and fundraising enables Susan G. Komen to assist more families in Arkansas. Donations can be made online, or you can donate specifically to a participant or team. You can also volunteer for the Arkansas Race for the Cure! The success of The Race depends on support of volunteers before and on race day.

There’s still time to sign up for this year’s Race for the Cure in Downtown Little Rock on October 10th. Donate or commit to race (2K and 5K walk or run) at KomenArkansas.org.