5500 People in Race for the Cure
Posted June 6, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — An estimated $200,000 was raised Saturday for breast cancer research and screenings, thanks to 5500 people who turned out for a 5K race at Meredith College.
Among those who ran were people (men get breast cancer, too) whose cancer is in remission, others in treatment and relatives and friends of those who have had the disease.
The turnout of 5500 was more than double the number that ran last year.
The Triangle Race for the Cure was begun last year by Jeanne Peck, who has been free of cancer for 11 years.
Approximately 75 percent of the funds raised is expected to remain in the Triangle; the balance will go to research grants awarded by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation of Dallas, TX. That foundation is named for a woman who died of breast cancer at the age of 36.
The race is also designed to promote awareness and early detection of the disease.