GOAL – The goal: to raise money for, and awareness of, breast cancer. My mother is a breast cancer survivor so this cause is close to my heart.
On Saturday, I was one of about 40,000 who participated in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure when I walked the 5km with two friends. The mission of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is to “eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening, and treatment”.
Getting ready to head out with my number, my hat and my little backpack carrying water, my camera and ID. The carriage of my train was totally empty except for me. It was 7.30am on a Saturday morning but still, that’s not *that* early! …….. it is so alien to me to have such a choice in seats! Downtown it was difficult to spot a tourist on the National Mall amongst the mass of people in pink-on-white t-shirts and various shades of pink shirts and pink accessories.
Founder of the Susan G. Komen organisation, Nancy Brinker, welcomed everyone and then Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and chairman of the Kennedy Center, David Rubenstein, talked about the importance of the fight against breast cancer.
The race started with 3,500 survivors moving off as Tim Halperin (American Idol) sang “We Fight Back”. Then the 7,000 runners were let out of their stalls on a different block so they didn’t knock over the walkers as we toddled off:
According to the American Cancer Society, about 1.3 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually worldwide and about 465,000 will die from the disease (that’s around 14% of all female cancer deaths).
In 2010 in the US – there were approximately 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 54,010 new cases of in-situ breast cancer. There were 39,840 breast cancer deaths.
In men breast cancer is rare, but it happens. In 2010, there were about 1,970 new cases of breast cancer in males in the United States and 390 breast cancer deaths.
But we made it – in about 1 hour 25 mins – not a fast walk but it was a lot of fun.
The biggest risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and aging. Over 75% of women diagnosed are aged 50 or older.