Susan G. Komen® Michigan Hosts their 7TH Annual Ride for the Cure®

Susan G. Komen® Michigan Hosts their 7TH Annual Ride for the Cure®

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SUSAN G. KOMEN® MICHIGAN HOSTS THEIR 7TH ANNUAL RIDE FOR THE CURE®
Event to fund local breast health programs and global breast cancer research

LANSING, MI – Susan G. Komen® Michigan is pleased to announce that this year’s Mid-Michigan Ride for the Cure®, presented by Lake Trust Credit Union, will be held on Saturday, July 16th in Brighton, MI. The Ride for the Cure is so much more than just a cycling event; it’s an event with a mission and a promise to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.

“My wife, Andi, is an 8-year survivor and I Ride in her honor,” said Ride for the Cure participant and top fundraiser, Tim McDonnell. “This will be my 6th Ride for the Cure and I continue to ride because many of my friends fight breast cancer on a daily basis.  The Ride will also benefit the local community because a portion of the proceeds will be used to support breast cancer screening, education and support programs. I hope to see a lot of riders out there supporting the cause.”

After two years in Mason, this year’s Ride will be held at Brighton High School in Brighton, MI. Routes at this year’s event will feature portions of the original Ride for the Cure routes that debuted in Ann Arbor in 2010. The 2016 event will also include a shorter route distance (15 miles) so that cyclists of all experience levels have the opportunity to participate.

“With many different distances to choose, this is an event the whole family can enjoy,” said Jennifer Jurgens, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen® Michigan and breast cancer survivor. “We hope that everyone will join us on July 16th to help us raise money to fight this disease.  Over 30% of breast cancer diagnosis in Michigan are considered late stage, when they are more aggressive and deadly. But when breast cancer is found early, before it leaves the breast, a woman now has a 99% five-year, relative survival rate.  And as a survivor myself, I want everyone in Michigan to have the same access to life-saving breast cancer screening and diagnostics that I had… because no one should die from breast cancer!”

75% of the net proceeds from the event stay in the Affiliate’s Mid-Michigan community to support life-saving local breast health programs like Allegiance Women’s Health Center, Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, Grass Lake Sanctuary, Michigan State University College of Nursing and the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing. The remaining 25% is invested in ground-breaking, global breast cancer research.

For more information or to register today, visit: www.KomenMichigan.org/MMRide16.

To learn more about Komen Michigan funded breast health programs in Mid-Michigan, visit: www.KomenMichigan.org/grants.

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About Susan G. Komen Michigan

Komen Michigan is an independent, local non-profit organization that is dedicated to combating breast cancer. 75 percent of the organization’s net proceeds go towards programs and funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education, screenings, diagnostics and survivorship programs for underserved men and women in Michigan.

The remaining 25 percent of net proceeds funds global, leading-edge research focused on the prevention of, and cures for, breast cancer. Komen Michigan’s mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all, and energizing science to find the cures. For more information call 616-752-8262 or visit www.komenmichigan.org.

About Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $889 million in research and provided $1.95 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.