News Releae: 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Exceeds Records | Community Spirit

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News Releae: 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Exceeds Records
News Releae: 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Exceeds Records

 

The number 17 was the charm for Susan G. Komen of Northeast Florida. Their 17th Annual Susan G. Komen North Florida Race for the Cure®, held at the end of October, was one of their greatest yet, in terms of participants and funds raised.

More than 5400 participants ran or walked in the 5K, raising, along with event sponsors, more than $475,000.

“This was an amazing effort on the part of our staff, volunteers, sponsors and the entire community,” said Bruce Grob, Executive Director of the Northeast Florida Komen affiliate. “We really had everyone rowing in the same direction for this event and I know we can build on this success and realize even greater results in the years to come. We’ve developed wonderful relationships with partners and sponsors this year and I know they will continue to play a big role in helping is achieve our goals in the future.

The Susan G. Komen North Florida affiliate is part of one of the largest and most effective organizations in the country working to put an end to breast cancer. According to, Bruce Grob, 75% of the funds raised by the Race and other events held by Komen North Florida, are used to award grants to local hospitals and clinics that provide free mammograms, biopsies, education materials, genetic testing and transportation assistance to disadvantaged residents in the five-county North Florida area. Since the race began, the organization has awarded more than $1.5 million to help people in our community.

“The remaining 25% of money raised supports the Komen Foundation Award and Research Grant Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs around the world,” said Grob. “The organization has become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world and a Komen grant has touched every major breast cancer breakthrough of the past 29 years.”

Audrey Moran, former CEO of The Sulzbacher Center, candidate for Mayor and current Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility & Community Advocacy at Baptist Health, served as Honorary Chair of this year’s Race.  Sponsors included PRI Productions, WJXT Channel 4, 1st Place Sports, Baptist Health, the Florida Times Union, Bēson4 Media Group, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Body Central, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Clear Channel Radio,  Jacksonville Magazine, Local Edge, Riverside Arts Market, Sam’s Club, Stein Mart, SunTrust, and Willman Consulting, Inc.

More information about the Race for the Cure can be found at www.komennorthflorida.org.

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