Israel Hosts Komen Race For The Cure

11:54 AM, Oct 21, 2010   |    comments
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JERUSALEM (WUSA) - Cancer knows no boundaries, and neither does the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Komen has promised to make an impact in every city, region and country until we end breast cancer forever.

On October 28th Israel will host that country's first ever Komen Race for the Cure. 9NEWS NOW Andrea Roane made a trip to Jerusalem this summer and talked to the mayor about the big event.

In May 45-thousand people participated at the Komen Global Race for the Cure on the National Mall. Women, men and children all helped make an impact in the fight against breast cancer.

The race in Jerusalem may be a little smaller in scale than DC, but the country will welcome runners and walkers of all faiths, nationalities and political leanings.

"There is one city that is the center of the world and that is Jerusalem," said Mayor Nir Barkat.

He added, "I think basically what we will be doing here in October is pray, raise awareness and improve our ability to improve research."

Four thousand people in Israel are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. It's the number one cause of death among Israeli women age 45-55. The mayor believes with Komen coming to Jerusalem it will send a message to the world that we have to do more to eliminate the threat from breast cancer.

The mayor will make sure the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem are lighted up pink breast cancer's token color.

This year maybe the first race, but Komen has been active in the country for nearly 2-decades. In 1994, Israel was selected to receive Komen's very first international research grant.

And a research symposium will kick off Race for the Cure week in this region's hub of health life sciences.

Ambassador Nancy Brinker founded and CEO of Komen for the Cure told us, "It will be preceded by a technology and bio tech conference where we will be exploring new methods of screening."

Proceeds from Israel's Race for the Cure will support more local breast cancer initiatives and Komen outreach programs around the world.