Cleveland's Komen Race for the Cure sprinting toward cancer-free world (editorial)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Hi, I'm Gina Chicotel, from Komen Northeast Ohio.

The Cleveland 25th Anniversary Race for the Cure is August 18 at a new location – Edgewater Park.  Along with the 5K or 1-mile run or walk, festivities include: special race-day benefits for those who raise $250 or more; the annual Survivor & Metathriver ceremony that honors those we have lost, recognizing those who are currently battling the disease and celebrating those who beat it; plus, a special 25th anniversary dedication ceremony.

The event will be streamed live on Cleveland 19.

All of the money raised through the Race for the Cure goes toward supporting our Survivor Symposium, metastatic breast cancer conference, advocacy efforts, education and community outreach and our community grants, which are given to local institutions and health systems to support free mammograms, diagnostic tests, & patient navigation for those most in need.

Ohio is fourth in the nation for overall deaths from breast cancer.

People here really need services & that's why the Race is so important.  The money raised stays right here to help your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers – anyone who needs services.

In the past five years, race funds have allowed us to provide nearly 113,000 free breast health and cancer services…diagnosing hundreds of cases of breast cancer that may have otherwise gone undetected – saving lives right here in Northeast Ohio.

Join the movement Aug. 18th – help us REACH our goal – a world without breast cancer!  If you can't be there in person, donations are graciously accepted online at KomenNEOhio.org.

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