In the “Spirit” category, my 2010 New Year’s Resolution is to give back more. Last night I made a commitment that will ensure this resolution is fulfilled.
For the second year I am serving on the Puget Sound Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure committee. Susan G. Komen is a national philanthropy that works to prevent and eradicate breast cancer. The organization was founded in 1982 by Nancy Brinker whose sister, Susan G. Komen, was diagnosed with and died from breast cancer. Nancy Brinker promised her sister that she would work to find a cure so that other women (and men) would not have to fight this devastating disease. The promise resulted in Susan G. Komen For A Cure, which has invested over $1.2 billion to research to find a cure and to community outreach programs, such as early detection, and support.
Puget Sound Susan G. Komen is the Western Washington affiliate of Susan G. Komen. The Race for the Cure, which is held every year in June (on a Sunday TBD this year) is the affiliate’s largest fundraiser. 25% of the net funds raised go to Susan G. Komen, national, to fund ground-breaking research. The lions-share of the net funds, 75%, stay in the Puget Sound community and do everything from funding mammograms to helping breast cancer patients stay in their homes (via helping with rent or utilities) while undergoing treatment. The focus is outreach, support, education, and early detection.
The Race for the Cure features a 5K women’s run, a 5K co-ed run, a children’s fun run, and a 5K walk. Breast cancer survivors are honored with a survivor parade and if you’ve never experienced a Race for the Cure event, you are missing out because it is fun, inspiring and moving all at the same time.
So, you’re probably wondering by now how this event is going to help me fulfill my New Year’s resolution. The answer is pretty simple. This year I committed to head up Social Media for the Race. What this means is that I will be tweeting and facebooking daily with the help of a few other volunteers to get the word out and get people fired up for the race! Once the race date is announced I also will be putting together a race team, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, I would really appreciate your support by following komenpsrace on Twitter.