Breast Cancer does not discriminate. More and more African women are being diagnosed with the disease.
45,000 people came to honor a loved one, to celebrate survival and to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer in the Washington, D.C. metro area and across the globe to participate in the 20th running of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
The race was rebranded as the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure this year to highlight the growing breast cancer crisis worldwide. And in spite of the economy, the event raised $4.3 million to fund breast cancer programs for the medically under served throughout the National Capital Area and abroad.Â African women were part of this Global race for the cure.
African women are coming together to educate others on breast cancer and support those diagnosed. The African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association is leading the way in this great cause.
A moving documentary was played on African women and their struggles with marriage after surgery. Unfortunately, the myth still exist in our community that it is a woman’s fault that they get diagnosed.
In addition to the name change, the Komen Global Race incorporated a new look, feel and Race day experience, aimed at creating a more personal, educational and interactive event. The morning’s festivities, emceed by CBS’s The Early Show anchor Maggie Rodriguez and W*US’s Andrea Roane, opened with a parade of more than 3,600 breast cancer survivors, including 21 survivors from 18 countries, who marched into the mall between twin stages to a live performance of Pink Warrior an inspiring new song by singer/songwriter Candy Coburn.
Dr. Jill Biden, a long-time advocate for breast health education and wife of Vice President Joe Biden, thanked participants, telling them that they are “paving the way for a breast cancer-free world through their efforts.”
Following Dr. Biden, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, who founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure more then 27 years ago as a promise to her sister Suzy, who died of breast cancer at age 36, charged up the crowd with her inspirational story and a call for each participant to find a way to make an impact on this deadly disease. Without a cure, in the next 25 years, an estimated 11 million will die from the disease worldwide. That’s more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. We can stem the tide of the growing crises; we can share what we have learned; we can end breast cancer forever, all around the world. And with each of us doing our part, we will.
The emotional opening program concluded with the Ceremonial First Steps taken by Dr. Biden, Ambassador Brinker, HRH Crown Prince Alexander II and HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, Komen president and CEO Hala Moddelmog, actress and Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure ambassador Sarah Chalke, and Komen’s 2009 Survivor of the Year Sara Fought. Adding to the impact of the ceremonial first steps, Komen Circle of Promise Ambassador and singer Lalah Hathaway performed a tribute to the runners and walkers. The opening ceremony climaxed with the placing of a seven-foot pink globe, symbolizing the organization’s worldwide commitment to a cure, on a platform above the starting line.