BENEFITING: SUSAN G KOMEN Pittsburgh
ORGANIZER: SUSAN G KOMEN Pittsburgh
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2016
EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016
This year I am taking on the challenge to complete my first full marathon in Pittsburgh! Like previous years where I have ran for a charity, I will again be running for a reason. I will be running for Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh, which is a nonprofit, breast cancer awareness organization that provides education and outreach programs to 34 counties in western and central Pennsylvania. This organization is very close to my heart. In May of 2011, I lost my grandmother to breast cancer. She was one of the most caring and genuine women you would ever meet and I miss her constantly. I run and raise money for this charity all in loving memory of her. In the past for my half marathons, I have raised over $2,000 for this organzition all thanks to generous family, friends, and collegues. My starting goal is to raise $500 this year, but I am again in need of your help. Any amount is greatly apprecatiate and even small amounts could go along way. I am very excited to be starting this journey and completing this goal, all for a wonderful cause. Together we can look with hope to a day without breast cancer.
About Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh: Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh is a non-profit, breast cancer awareness organization that provides education and outreach programs to 34 counties in western and central Pennsylvania. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women worldwide, with more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors worldwide. In 2015, approximately 40,000 women will die from this disease in the United States alone. While research has made incredible strides in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, the cures for this disease still elude us. To meet the breast health needs of women and men in our community and work towards our promise to end breast cancer forever, Komen Pittsburgh provides a continuum of services for women and men whose lives have been affected by breast cancer through funding screening, treatment, and education initiatives locally, as well as national breast cancer research efforts. 75% of the funds raised remain in our local affiliate service area of western and central Pennsylvania, while the remaining 25% directly funds national research.
In 2014, Komen Pittsburgh granted over $1 million dollars to local organizations for breast cancer education, screening and treatment initiatives. Komen Pittsburgh serves 34 counties in western and central Pennsylvania. Our largest funded program is the Mammogram Voucher Program, which will pay for screening and follow-up services for uninsured women and men. Komen Pittsburgh also supports breast cancer research, and in 2014 Komen Pittsburgh contributed $448,783 to the Komen National Research Grant program.