Susan G. Komen® Michigan Partners with Recovery Allies of West Michigan

Susan G. Komen® Michigan Partners with Recovery Allies of West Michigan

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Courtney Sorman
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Organizations join forces to share a venue and celebrate all survivors

September 2, 2015. GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The 18th Annual West Michigan Race for the Cure® will take place on September 19, 2015 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park and feature a 5K, 1-mile fun walk, a great DJ and celebration of the breast cancer fighters and survivors. Led by Honorary Race Ambassador, Susan Ford Bales, and WZZM13 hosts Juliet Dragos & Val Lego, this year’s Race expects to have over 3,000 participants. New this year is a collaboration with Recovery Allies of West Michigan’s Recovery Palooza which will take place immediately following the Race.

Recovery Palooza is an annual event that celebrates recovery from addiction in order to reduce stigma and connect individual with resources in the community. This year, Komen Michigan and Recovery Allies are joining forces and sharing resources to create an all-day celebration in downtown Grand Rapids. The West Michigan Race for the Cure will begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday and Recovery Palooza will take place at 12:00 PM. All are welcome to come early for the Race and stay for the picnic and celebration at Recovery Palooza.

“By bringing together thousands of people we demonstrate that recovery happens and doesn’t always look like what people might think. When people survive cancer, we raise our hands in victory; when people survive addiction, they go silent.  Working with Recovery Allies we are committed to changing that,” said Jennifer Jurgens, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Michigan and breast cancer survivor. “We are excited to show our support for this great cause and organization and encourage all individuals to celebrate with us!”

“Everyone knows someone in recovery, but you might not know it,” said Kevin McLaughlin, Executive Director of Recovery Allies. “Recovery is contagious and those who survive addiction tend to thrive in life. After recovery, we become better employees, dads, sons, husbands, and better citizens. Our theme this year is ‘life in recovery – better than well’ and we are extremely happy to be partnering with Susan G. Komen to show that ‘Recovery Happens’ in more than one way.”

For more information on the Race for the Cure, visit the Komen Michigan website at

For more information on Recovery Palooza visit


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 (616) 752-8262 or visit

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 or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at

About Recovery Allies of West Michigan

Mission: The mission of Recovery Allies of West Michigan is to promote long-term recovery from substance use disorders through education, advocacy and recovery support services, resulting in healthier individuals, families, and communities.

Core beliefs: Addiction recovery is a reality in the lives of millions. There are many paths to recovery. Recovery flourishes in supportive communities. Recovery is a voluntary process. Recovering people are part of the solution. Recovery gives back what addiction takes away.