WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)- Nearlyy 45,000 people participated in the 20th running of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® in Washington, DC, which was rebranded as the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure® this year to highlight the growing breast cancer crisis worldwide.
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Today's event raised $4.3 million to fund breast cancer programs for the medically underserved throughout the National Capital Area and abroad.
In addition to the name change, today's Komen Global Race incorporated a new look, feel and Race day experience, aimed at creating a more personal, educational and interactive event.
The morning's festivities, emceed by CBS's The Early Show anchor Maggie Rodriguez and W*USA's Andrea Roane, opened with a parade of more than 3,600 breast cancer survivors, including 21 survivors from 18 countries, who marched into the mall between twin stages to a live performance of "Pink Warrior," an inspiring new song by singer/songwriter Candy Coburn.
Dr. Jill Biden, a long-time advocate for breast health education and wife of Vice President Joe Biden, thanked participants, telling them that they are "paving the way for a breast cancer-free world through their efforts."
Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, who founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure more then 27 years ago as a promise to her sister Suzy, who died of breast cancer at age 36, called for each participant to find a way to make an impact on this deadly disease. "Without a cure, in the next 25 years, an estimated 11 million will die from the disease worldwide. That's more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined."
Thanks to the Global Race, Komen is able to impact the lives of breast cancer patients in the National Capital Area as well as women across the globe.
Up to 75 percent of Race revenue will stay in the DC area to address breast cancer disparities for the medically underserved.
Funds raised by the 2008 Komen National Race for the Cure, allowed Komen to invest $3.7 million this year to fund community health initiatives that address unmet breast health needs in the Washington, DC area, which includes parts of Virginia and Maryland.
The remaining 25 percent will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Global Promise Fund, which addresses breast cancer incidence and mortality outside the United States with culturally sensitive education and outreach programs.
Written by 9NEWS NOW