Komen for the Cure

Memories, celebration mark Race for the Cure

Posted June 8, 2012
Updated June 9, 2012

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— Perfect weather greeted thousands of runners and walkers who turned out in downtown Raleigh Saturday morning for the 16th running of the Susan G. Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure. 

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The day started sunny and cool, with temperatures in the 60s when the competitive 5K began at 7 a.m. 

By the time festivities ended at Meredith College, temperatures were warming into the 80s.

About 15,000 people registered to participate in the event and more signed up at the last minute, making it the largest footrace in North Carolina and the biggest annual fundraiser for breast cancer research and screening programs in the state. 

"I'm running in memory of my mother and in celebration of me," said Ruth Peebles.

"I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. I was fortunate that it was Stage 1 cancer and because of a self examination, I caught it early."

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Beyond the competitive 5K were events for women only, for casual runners and walkers, a kids' dash and one-mile run. The annual event was once again a morning full of celebration for breast cancer survivors, families and friends of those who have lost the battle. 

"We had a group of about eight people, and we're out here because every single one of us in our group has a family or close friend that's affected by breast cancer," said Laura Smith.

Many teams arrived Saturday decked out in matching T-shirts and wearing their hearts on their sleeves in the form of memorials or salutes to loved ones who have battled the disease. The color pink dominated, as did silly puns that slyly refer to the pseudo-sexual nature of gathering in support of breast health. 

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Krystal Barnes, a breast cancer survivor, said the Race for the Cure has become even more meaningful since she was diagnosed a little over a year ago.

"I'm here, a year later, as a survivor, and I'm very happy about it," she said. "Last year, I signed up to walk and it ended up being the day after my final treatment. I had a lot of support from friends and family."

Race City provided breakfast for survivors and goodies, live music and a Zumba warm-up for everyone, and Team WRAL handed out water bottles. Water filling stations ensured racers stayed hydrated while limiting trash from throw-away cups common on race routes. 

Money raised stays local

Participants are expected to raise about $2 million. Of that amount, 75 percent funds North Carolina hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically under-served women.

The remaining 25 percent supports the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research like that being done at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.


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  • princessnise Jun 11, 2012

    The Susan G. Komen foundation has it's naysayers and supporters, as any other group. But some of these comments are just plain ignorant. Komen spends less than 8% of it's costs on administration and volunteers offset the costs of events. Cancer wasn't "invented". An "AA baby" in threatened by it's own mother not Komen. As you are free to not support this cause we are just as free to fund them or anyone else.

  • baracus Jun 11, 2012

    Well, BubbaDuke, that is why it is called "Race for the Cure" and not "Race for the Treatment". I agree with you though that if one wants to support a particular cause it is usually much more efficient to give your money directly to the organizations doing the work rather than a "race" or other such fundraiser.

  • BubbaDuke Jun 11, 2012

    Save your money. If you want to help fight cancer, give it directly to the hospitals. My daughter had cancer and was treated at Duke, UNC, Durham Regional, Cancer Centers of America (Philadelphia). I asked the doctors in each hospital how much Susan G. Komen has given them to treat cancer. They all replied 'nothing'. Komen funds research, not treatment. If you've got cancer now, Komen isn't going to help you. Aside from diverting money donated with the intent to fight cancer to non-cancer related projects (including Planned Parenthood), Komen has high overhead spent on planning these events.

  • New Creature Jun 8, 2012

    Priorities all out of whack. My family will not support this.

  • wral mods blow close my account Jun 8, 2012

    Komen execs need to go before I give again.

  • djofraleigh Jun 8, 2012

    Because S.G. Komen has given Planned Parenthood millions of those donated dollars; and because Planned Parenthood is the nation's biggest abortion provider, it puts the taint of red drops on those pretty pink ribbons. Komen money doesn't directly pay for abortions, but it supports the biggest supporter of abortions besides Obama. Planned Parenthood has directly ended more female lives than Komen has indirectly saved, by far.

    The most dangerous place in America for an AA baby is the womb:
    “an african american baby is three times more likely to be aborted & more aa babies have been killed by abortions since 1973 than the total number of african american deaths from aids, violent crimes, accidents, cancer and heart disease combined."

  • Uhavenoclu Jun 8, 2012

    Funny how the race for the cure has been going on for years and made billions of dollars and we are no closer now then when cancer was first invented. It's only the last 100 years or so you started hearing about people dying of diseases. ????. Look when it was first discovered and you might find the cure. for every cause to an effect is Why?