June brings the start of summer and with it school vacation, afternoon picnics, and days spent at swimming holes. For those involved in the 25th Anniversary Vermont Race for the Cure, summer also brings Race Day.
On Saturday, July 22, family and friends, co-workers, locals, and out of town visitors of all ages will come together at Riley Rink at Hunter Park for a common purpose: to support local breast health programs, ongoing breast cancer research, and education.
Many people form teams to participate in the 10K Run, 5K Run, or 5K Walk. Teams participate to honor, or remember, someone's fight with breast cancer. For some, their motivation is a loved one, friend, or co-worker. For others, it is just because they recognize the importance of the cause.
Whatever their drive may be, team members make up over half of race participation, and are responsible for more than half of all fundraising. At no additional cost, uniting as a team in support of the cause is a great and easy way to get involved and make a big impact. This year teams will have their own section where they can meet up pre and post-Race.
Linda Maness, Komen New England Development Coordinator of Special Events in Vermont, and TEAMs Chair for the Vermont Race for the Cure, says, "Forming a team is the perfect way to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Vermont Race for the Cure. Teams can be as small as four people, so grab your friends, family members, or coworkers and help us celebrate this milestone!" Maness will be on team Ray's Girls again this year.
Komen New England invites all interested to join or form a team for the 25th Komen Vermont Race for the Cure (July 22) at www.komennewengland.org. We have 18 teams formed thus far. Perhaps one has been formed in honor of, or in memory of, someone you know. Or maybe a team has been formed by a neighbor or co-worker, or associated with a business you frequent. Visit our website for a complete list of 2017 teams to date.
About Susan G. Komen New England
Susan G. Komen® is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen New England is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Susan G. Komen® New England began with Races for the Cure® in Boston and Manchester, VT in 1993 and Hartford in 1994. The Affiliate has invested nearly $13 million in Connecticut organizations, $9 million in Massachusetts organizations, and $8 million in Vermont and New Hampshire organizations providing breast health services to uninsured and underinsured residents. The Affiliate has also contributed more than $8 million to support breast cancer research.
Susan G. Komen has awarded more than more than $81 million for breast cancer research in Massachusetts, $9 million for breast cancer research in Connecticut, and nearly $4 million for breast cancer research in Vermont and New Hampshire.