The event serves as the premiere fundraiser for the Greater Atlanta Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The 5-kilometer run/walk and 1-mile family walk, has grown from a few hundred initial participants to more than 17,000.
Affiliate Executive Director and breast cancer survivor Cati Stone said she is confident the event will reach its fundraising goal of $1.5 million.
“People need to know money we raise here stays here,” Stone said.
Seventy-five percent of the proceeds will benefit women in metro Atlanta, she said, and 25 percent goes to breast cancer research.
“We are fighting the fight on that front, locally, and for women all around the world,” Stone said. This year’s event is themed “Run Breast Cancer out of Town,” Stone said, and about 1,000 survivors are expected to participate this year. Other runners and walkers can register as individuals or teams of coworkers, friends and family.
“I feel like without people advocating for better treatment, research and care, there are a lot of women who wouldn’t be in the same boat, who are living healthy lives, doing what they want to do,” said Sandy Springs resident and breast cancer survivor Amy Rubin. “I feel very grateful there are people who have dedicated their time and energy.”
Rubin, 40, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and is healthy now, she said, and on a maintenance plan with her Northside Hospital doctors.
“I’m happy to represent a survivor and to be able to be there as somebody who’s been through it and received lots of different services, like chemo, surgery and continued care,” she said. “More than anything, I am just grateful that I’m there and I am happy to be able to celebrate with other survivors, family and friends — to be able to walk in and say, ‘Look where I am, from where I was 3½ years ago.”
Rubin said she is looking forward to her three young children joining her this year.
“I think it’s great because my kids want to do things. It’s an opportunity for them to see firsthand what it is about,” she said. Her kids will be there as part of Kids for the Cure, which will include the first 750 children to sign up.
“It’s a special area with characters, a cake walk, games and activities. They get a backpack full of goodies,” Stone said.
Registration begins at 6:45 a.m., followed by a survivor breakfast at 7:30 a.m.. The 1-mile walk will start at 7:45 and the 5K run/walk will begin at 9:15 a.m.
The event will be followed by an awards ceremony, a survivor recognition ceremony and an expo with post-race snacks, giveaways and informational tents about breast screening health, as well as a new Shop Komen tent and a grantee tent with representatives explaining how funds are used to provide preventative breast cancer services.
“There will also be an expo tent for survivors to be able to come be pampered and have breakfast,” Stone said. “The sense of community will be amazing to see everyone coming out with the same purpose — allowing women to detect and survive breast cancer.”
If you go:
o What: Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure
o Where: Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Drive
o When: May 11
o Tickets: $35 for adults and $25 for kids 12 and under
o Information: http://race.komenatlanta.org