Photographer: Fionna W Sze
More than 1,000 Chicago-area women and men die each year from breast cancer, and Komen Chicagoland is working to change these statistics. The Mother's Day Race for the Cure will take place on May 14, celebrating its 20th anniversary and making the move from Grant Park and Lombard to Montrose Harbor. Participants are asked to commit to raise $180, the average cost of a mammogram.
Funds raised through Race for the Cure will help achieve the goal of reducing the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. The race enables Komen Chicago to provide life-saving screenings for those who can’t otherwise afford them, fund national research, and empower people with knowledge. “If you join Race for the Cure, you can be someone’s hero and help us close this gap.” Says Bonnie Gordon, Komen Chicago executive director.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary and the move to Montrose, this year’s Race for the Cure will be bigger and better than ever and feature exciting additions, including:
· An optional Shades of Pink Powder Path.
· Recognition of 20 More than Pink Heroes for the 20th anniversary, who will lead the Survivor Parade.
· The National Pink Cape Campaign: anyone who raises $180 will receive a pink cape to wear as a symbol of commitment to the fight to save lives.
The Chicago Mother’s Day Race for the Cure will feature one 5K Fun Run/Walk, with registration fees of $40 for adults, $35 for survivors and $25 for kids (four and under are free). Registration is open. Participants can start or join a team or register as an individual.