Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do as much as she could to help others with breast cancer. Who knew that one sister’s promise would start a revolution in medicine?
Nancy started a foundation, in her sister’s name, which promotes breast cancer awareness and helps individuals who have a cancer diagnosis. The foundation has many fundraisers, but none as famous as Race for the Cure. This event serves as a celebration of life and freedom breast cancer and also promotes breast cancer awareness and early detection.
Recently, I participated in one of the many Races for the Cure that take place around the world. The one I was part of happened on Daniel Island, South Carolina. Approximately 10,000 people gathered to run or walk for this cause. Symbolic pink trappings were everywhere, from survivors decked in pink shirts and hats to posters and even ornamental pink ribbons tied to the trees that marked the route. Along the 5K route people waved posters with messages like "Fight like a Girl” and “Go Pink.”
While running in the Race for the Cure, I saw how many people had flocked to support this cause. Many people running/walking were actual breast cancer survivors. Seeing these people run kept me going even when I started to get tired. It felt great at the end to know that I had just run for a wonderful cause that affected so many people.
I will always support the work that the Susan G. Komen Foundation does. Thanks to this foundation many lives have been saved and a lot of scientific research has been funded in hopes of finding a cure to breast cancer.
Photo: Kid Reporter Faith Dalzell after finishing the 5K Race for the Cure. (Courtesy Faith Dalzell)