On Saturday, April 16, approximately 5,000 breast cancer advocates will be assembled in Ellis Square. Dressed in pink for the day, Downtown Savannah hosts the 8th annual Susan G. Komen Savannah Race for the Cure, Komen Coastal Georgia’s signature event.
President of the Komen Coastal Georgia Board, Sarah Denmark, is excited to start the $100 Challenge with this year’s Race. ‘Our Race for the Cure is our most important fundraiser of the year.
If each participant raised $100, we could provide mammograms for 5,000 women,” she shared. “Just a few weeks ago, we announced our community grants which totaled over $350,000,” reported Komen Coastal Georgia Executive Director Aileen Gabbey.
“Without the Race, we would not be able to fund these grants. We like to share that what is raised here, stays here. Funds raised from the Race directly help the people in our community.”
Co-Chair Dr. Ray Rudolph stressed the importance of early detection through screenings. “The five-year survival rate is 98% when breast cancer is detected early. It’s critical that women have access to life-saving mammography. That’s why this Race is so important.”
Fellow Co-Chair is Marsha Woelber and Honorary Chair for 2016 is Cookie Espinoza of Fleet Feet Sports whose husband Robert Espinoza previously served as Race Director.
Board member and local artist Lori Keith Robinson is heading up the Teams efforts this year. “We have a VIP Teams Tent for teams who raise $3,500 and for members of the team who meet the $100 Challenge.” Having lost her sister and mother to breast cancer, Lori encourages teams to make their fundraising personal. “We’re trying to encourage everyone who comes to the Race to meet the challenge so that we can save more women from this terrible disease.”
Memorial Health is returning as the local presenting sponsor for the 8th consecutive year.
The goal for this year’s team and individual fundraising is $275,000. Information for registration can be obtained by calling the office at 912.232.2535 or visiting the website at www.komencoastalgeorgia.com. Online registration ends on April 13.