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Race for the Cure Runs Being Canceled Across the Nation

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"My mom is a breast cancer survivor." Karen Young says the Race for a Cure was more than just about raising money, it was about raising awareness. "Anytime there is something people can do to help bring change and keep us healthy is good. It's sad it's not going to happen "

But the organization said economic uncertainty and low participation levels over the years could not financially sustain the event in 14 cities including San Francisco. "Many people have had concerns about the walks and runs," says Karuna Jaggar, executive director of Breast Cancer Action. She adds these events are expensive to run and don't generate the research dollars desperately needed. "Billions of dollars is raised in the name of breast cancer and we have little to show for it."

She says there are more direct ways to support breast cancer research. "I encourage people to think about what's important to them. Is it emergency room services or is it research and donate to the organization doing that work."

But to Chelsea Roudebush, who has walked for the cure in the past, the meaning of the event is priceless to her. "It is a great sense of community and sisterhood. It's good to put a face to these problems by having public events."

I spoke with Niki Patin, the executive director of our local chapter, and she assures me the 15th annual Susan G. Komen Northern Nevada Race for the Cure will most definitely go ahead on Sunday, October 6th at the Grand Sierra Resort.

Written By Wendy Damonte
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