When one hears the term race, it’s often viewed as an event requiring lots of athleticism, mixed with speed and endurance and those who are not in shape need not try. To hear the word cancer, thoughts of suffering, hopelessness and death run rampant through ones’ mind.
While races do attract dozens of well-conditioned athletes, they’re for everyone. Though breast cancer has claimed scores of loved ones and torments countless others with thoughts of no cure, there’s hope. Both of these challenges have competitors with a desire to fight and win. When you put the two together, along with countless survivors and community supporters willing to fight valiantly no matter what the cost, the result is life changing.
At 7am on Saturday, October 15, 2011 the Susan G. Komen foundation will kick-off their 18th annual Race for the Cure, held at The Ballpark at Bricktown in downtown Oklahoma City. These races, held worldwide, greatly assist the fight against breast cancer through fundraising and promoting awareness and education for early detection. This event has become one of the largest and most supported in the area and expects record numbers of participation and support. There are activities for the entire family with a 5K run/walk, 1 mile FamilyFun run and a Kids’ Dash, but it is also a battleground for an entire community to support and fight against breast cancer; one of the leading causes of death in American women.
Many attending this event are survivors of breast cancer. They are coming to offer their support for those currently battling this deadly disease and in remembrance of those who fought courageously till the end. As stated on the Komen Race for the Cure’s website,
“‘I AM THE CURE’ is the new rallying cry for the cause. It is encouraging women and men to take an active role in their breast health. The program speaks to the importance of early detection –the best defense against breast cancer – and provides simple, action-oriented messages that Race participants can take home and put into practice.”
Whether you want to walk or run in the race, watch the survivor parade and ceremony or volunteer to assist with this event, there is a place for everyone. This event allows the community to reach out and show their support emotionally, physically and financially towards the education and research for a cure. For more information regarding all of the activities for this event, go to Race for the Cure’s website.