WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- On Monday Ambassador Nancy Brinker kicked off registration for Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure. She and others are calling on the DC global community to help make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.
"Where a woman lives should not determine whether she lives," said Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Koman for the Cure. "We can stem the tide of growing crises; we can share what we have learned; we can end breast cancer forever all around the world. We can and we will if we are all willing to join in the Race."
Last year's race was the first one with a global push. In addition to focusing on helping the National Capital Area Komen wants to expand breast cancer awareness around the world. This is important because breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women worldwide and is the leading cause of cancer death. Breast cancer claims a new victim every 68 seconds somewhere in the world.
The race on the National Mall last year raised 4.7 million dollars for education and community outreach to be used for organizations right here in the DC Metro area and across the globe. Last year's race had 44 international teams and 21 international survivors from 18 different countries.
Now up to 25 percent of those funds raised from the race will help Komen work around the globe to share knowledge and experience, bridge cultural gaps with understanding and sensitivity, and fund education, screening and treatment programs in regions where few such programs currently exist.
Runner and walkers interested in participating in the Komen Global Race for the Cure can register at their website.