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Susan G. Komen® Houston has rescheduled its 27th annual Susan G. Komen Houston Race for the Cure® to January 27, 2018. While the nonprofit and the wider breast health services community faces the challenge of addressing the disaster recovery needs of breast cancer patients and their families, Komen Houston also remains focused on the bold goal of eradicating breast cancer forever.

Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, Komen Houston takes this year’s Race for the Cure® theme of “Be More Than Pink” to heart as the organization encourages supporters to form a team and fundraise in an effort to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen Houston is encouraging Houstonians to show their support for Susan G. Komen’s overall mission by wearing pink on October 6, 2017 and sharing their photos on social media with the hashtag, #IAmMoreThanPink.

While there is a 38 percent decrease in breast cancer mortality since 1989, in 2017, over 40,000 women in the U.S. will die from breast cancer. Local fundraising will help Komen Houston work towards the bold goal of cutting breast cancer deaths in half as 75 cents of every dollar raised goes into the Houston community to fund the screening, treatment and support of local breast cancer patients. The remaining 25 cents is given to fund cutting-edge research where it exists, both in Houston’s state- of-the-art Medical Center and in other centers across the country.

To date, Komen Houston has invested over $50 million to more than 65 local organizations to provide services throughout Houston to underinsured and uninsured men and women who receive life-saving breast cancer screenings, treatment, transportation, and other necessary supportive services. In 2017, Komen Houston is proud to call Baylor College of Medicine, D’Feet Breast Cancer, Inc., Spring Branch Community Health, Sisters Network Inc., Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation, The Rose, The University of Texas Medical Branch, and more, its 2017 grantees.

“While so much has been devastated, it has not dampened our fighting spirit,” Emelda Douglas, executive director of Komen Houston said. “I am humbled hearing the stories of our many breast cancer survivors and volunteers who have been affected by the recent floods. Our work is now more relevant than ever as we continue to help the community rebuild. With one out of every eight Houstonians diagnosed with breast cancer, race participation and fundraising is crucial to decrease the number of breast cancer casualties.”

Runners and walkers, alike, can sign up to participate in the Komen Houston Race for the Cure® by forming a new team, joining an existing team or by registering on their own. The January 27, 2018 Komen Houston Race for the Cure® route is a USATF 5K course with running and walking events, including a 5K timed competitive run, 5K timed non-competitive run and a 5K walk and family walk.

For more information regarding Komen Houston, Race for the Cure® or any of its other events, please contact Allie Danziger at 713-225-0880 or allie@integrateagency.com.

About Susan G. Komen® Houston

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided more than $1.7 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.

Established in 1990 by passionate volunteers to support the individuals in need throughout the Houston area, Komen® Houston has granted over $50 million to local programs for breast cancer education and awareness campaigns, life-saving screening and treatment programs, and innovative cutting edge research. Serving Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties, Komen Houston continues its commitment to fundraising so that underinsured and uninsured Houstonians battling breast cancer can get the treatment and support they need.

If you would like to learn about volunteer opportunities, get information about the Komen Houston Race for the Cure® and other events, visit http://www.komen-houston.org or call 713-783-9188.

Susan G. Komen Houston Reschedules 27th Annual Race for the Cure  was originally published on theboxhouston.com

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