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Komen Austin Faces Low Fundraising

Local breast health screening, treatment, education and support programs

September 20, 2012

 

The Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® announced low fundraising numbers for the 2012 calendar year. As a result, local breast health screening, treatment, education, and support programs are in danger of not being funded at the same levels in 2013 because Komen Austin may not have the money to grant. In response, Komen Austin has ramped up efforts to increase registration for the annual Austin Race for the Cure®.  

“Our Race provides the two-thirds of funds that we use for free community health services provided by our grantees every year,” said Christy Casey-Moore, executive director of Komen Austin. “Some programs could find funding elsewhere, but many will be forced to cut back on life-saving services to women who truly need them.”

While breast cancer affects men and women of all ethnicities across the globe, the disease remains prominent right here at home. This year alone, more than 1,068 mothers, sisters, daughters and friends will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 178 will lose their battle in the five counties served by Komen Austin.

“We really need the community’s help to make sure these services stay in place. This race is the perfect time to honor those who have been impacted by breast cancer by raising funds to support the local women, men and communities fighting this disease," said Casey-Moore.

The 14th annual Komen Austin Race for the Cure® will be held Sunday, November 4, 2012, in downtown Austin. Registration is now open on the Komen Austin website, www.komenaustin.org. And through Sunday, September 23, race registrants can receive $5 off the registration fee by entering promo code sc12five during online registration.

Seventy-five percent of the money raised by Komen Austin fund grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast cancer screening, treatment and education programs for the women and men in Bastrop, Williamson, Caldwell, Hays and Travis counties. The remaining 25 percent supports the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs from around the world.

An estimated 20,000 will gather to support the cause through racing, volunteering and fundraising. Local Austinites of all ages will either walk or run the 5k or family 1 mile in memory of loved ones, to celebrate survivors, and support the Komen Austin promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

The 2012 Komen Austin Race for the Cure will be held on Sunday, November 4, starting near the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Participants of all ages can either walk or run the 5k or family 1 mile. Timed Race participants will start at 7:30 a.m. and untimed participants who will run or walk will start at anytime between 8 and 10 a.m. You can find more information about signing up to participate, volunteer or fundraise for the event at www.komenaustin.org.

About the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
We Live Here. We Race Here. We Save Lives Here.

One out of eight women will have to fight breast cancer in her lifetime. That’s why, since 1999, the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been hard at work here in the Austin area raising money to provide breast cancer screening, education and medical services as well as financial and emotional support. In fact, 75 percent of the money we raise each year is put to work right here in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, Williamson counties to improve the lives of those affected by this deadly disease. The remaining funds go to national research to find a cure for breast cancer once and for all. For more information, please visit www.komenaustin.org

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CONTACT:
Jenn Hatch
Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Phone: 225.938.7497
jhatch@komenaustin.org

Allison Murray
Fleishman-Hillard
Phone: 512.495.7161
allison.murray@fleishman.com