Race for the Cure Celebrates 19 Years of Fighting Cancer Through Awareness, Raising Funds in West Michigan


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Race for the Cure Celebrates 19 Years of Fighting Cancer Through Awareness, Raising Funds in West Michigan

Komen Michigan Celebrates Survivors, Doers, Community Partners Who Help in the Fight

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – August 10, 2016 – The 2016 West Michigan Race for the Cure® will take place at 9AM on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids, MI. The race is presented by Spectrum Health Cancer Center.

“This family-friendly event ignites powerful emotions for so many of our participants. Fighters, survivors and care partners are celebrated. Memories of those lost to breast cancer are honored,” said Travis Mix, Susan G. Komen® Michigan Director of Events. “We are encouraging everyone to turn their passion into a promise to end breast cancer forever by registering or forming a team today – and becoming a doer. But don’t wait: register today and start helping fight breast cancer right away.”

The event will feature new surprises for those who work hard to fundraise in support of Komen Michigan. It will continue to include special activities to honor breast cancer survivors and fighters, live entertainment from Charizma, giveaways from local sponsors, information about local breast health services and more.

The West Michigan Race for the Cure raises significant funds to fight breast cancer and save lives locally. Money raised from this event stays in the West Michigan and Lakeshore area to support life-saving local breast health programs like the Absenger Cancer Education Foundation, Catherine’s Health Center, City on a Hill Health Clinic, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, Hackley Community Care, Holland Hospital, and the Spectrum Health Foundation.

According to organizers, participants are encouraged to “make it a full day of fun” by staying after the Race event and festivities to attend Recovery Palooza (Recovery Allies of West Michigan), and later to watch the Michigan State football game on a HUGE jumbo-tron screen with the West Michigan Spartans. Parking will be available at area lots and a DASH shuttle will be available at no cost.

“Supporting the West Michigan Race for the Cure® is an important way to join the fight against breast cancer and one step closer to imagining a life without breast cancer,” said Jennifer Jurgens, Executive Director of Komen Michigan and 6-year breast cancer survivor. “The money raised through this event stays in the West Michigan and Lakeshore area to fund breast health programs. Join us as we honor breast cancer fighters and survivors at our largest fundraiser of the year.

“Become a fighter with them. Become a doer.”

For more information or to register, visit: www.KomenMichigan.org/WMRace16.

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

2016 National Race Series Sponsors: Bank of America, American Airlines, Ford, New Balance, SELF Magazine and Walgreens.

2016 West Michigan Race Sponsors: Spectrum Health, Meijer, Metro Health, Mercy Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Highland Group, Crystal Flash, La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, Lowe’s, Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm Market, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, Gordon Water, Kellogg Company, MacAllister Rentals, McDonald’s, Mercantile Bank, MSU College of Human Medicine, Plummer’s Waste Group, Recovery Allies of West Michigan, Redi-Rental, Adtegrity, Channel 95.7 FM, 100.5 The River, West Michigan Woman Magazine, West Michigan Spartans and WZZM 13.


About Susan G. Komen Michigan

Komen Michigan is an independent, local non-profit organization that is dedicated to combating breast cancer. Seventy-five 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% 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 (269) 341-4209 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 $847 million in research and provided $1.8 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.