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May 10, 2015

25th Annual Race for the Cure continues Mother's Day Tradition

Susan G. Komen Philadelphia 5K Run/Walk unites city against breast cancer

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For the 2015-2016 grant period, the Komen Philadelphia Community Grants Program is proudly distributing more than $1.3 million in grants to 15 organizations in support of their breast health programs.

What better time to combine gratitude and activism than Mother's Day?

On Sunday at Eakins Oval and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Susan G. Komen Philadelphia is celebrating its 25th Annual Race for the Cure, an event that has united a community of breast cancer survivors, family members, and supportive sponsors throughout the Delaware Valley for more than two decades.

With a mission to save lives, end breast cancer, ensure quality care, and energize science to find cures, Susan G. Komen Philadelphia has again brought thousands of participants to the Parkway for a full slate of events and activities.

In its 25 years of existence, the Race for the Cure has raised money to fund 155,000 mammograms and distribute over $55.5 million in grants for local breast cancer programs, along with $21..5 million allocated to local research, the Northeast Times reports. Globally, more than $2.5 billion has been contributed to research, community health outreach, advocacy, and other support programs in 30 countries since 1991.

Today, Komen is the world's largest nonprofit source of funding in the fight against breast cancer. The organization began in 1982 after Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. 

With more than 1,000 teams participating and an attendance of more than 100,000, Sunday's 25th race and walk again delivered an uplifting atmosphere exhibiting the organization's impact across its 15-county service area spanning Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nothing illustrates this better than the fact that the race's inaugural year began with 2,000 participants and the organization now serves 7.4 million people in the region.