Sunny skies and perfect Savannah spring weather was the forecast for the over 5,200 runners and walkers for Saturday’s 6th annual Savannah Race for the Cure in Telfair Square, downtown Savannah.
CarolineB.Keller,PresidentoftheKomenCoastalGeorgiaBoardisa7year breast cancer survivor. “I believe that thanks to Komen I am still on this earth. The special energy that surrounds this race is not easily captured with words, but is immediately apparent on race day. It is one of the greatest displays of passion, hope, love and support I have ever experienced. Each and every one of our survivors, volunteers, participants and spectators are deeply and fiercely committed to our fight to end breast cancer forever.”
Race organizers set a goal of $220,000 for this year’s race fundraising campaign. Officials say that they exceeded the goal by $25,000. “We are very proud that what’s raised here, stays here in Costal Georgia. In 7 short years, Komen Coastal Georgia has saved lives by investing more than $1.6 million in community breast cancer programs in 9 coastal Georgia counties!” said Komen Coastal Georgia Executive Director, Beth Desloges.
Mayor Edna Jackson, the Race’s Honorary Race Chair, joined the fight by challenging local business and community to raise funds and participate in this year’s race.
But this year’s event does came with its challenges for the local Affiliate. Race Chair and Board member, Dr. Amos Timna tragically and unexpected passed away lastsummer, leaving the race committee without leadership and a large hole in the Komen Coastal Georgia Community.
Local lawyer and long-time Race Committee members, Abda Quillian, stepped up to fill the void in the Affiliate’s time of need. “I will never replace Dr. Timna, and can only hope to produce an event worthy of honoring his memory,” said Quillian.
Mayor ProTem Van Johnson (shown right) honored his bet made with a group of attorneys by wearing a TuTu in the race after the attorneys came up with over $6000 as their part of the bet.
The funds raised by this event directly support the fight to end breast cancer locally. Seventy-five percent of all monies raised remains right here in our local coastal community to fund screening, treatment and education programs to our nine service area counties, which are Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn Liberty, Long, and McIntosh. Memorial University Medical Center returned as the local presenting sponsor for the sixth consecutive year. For more info call the office at 912.232.2535 or visit the website at www.komencoastalgeorgia.com.