Race For The Cure

Learn More About The Organization Behind the Remarkable Event

Susan G. Komen® is the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer organization, working to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Komen has an unmatched, comprehensive 360-degree approach to fighting this disease across all fronts and supporting millions of people in the U.S. and in countries worldwide. It advocates for patients, drives research breakthroughs, improves access to high-quality care, offers direct patient support and empowers people with trustworthy information. 

Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen has invested nearly $1.1 billion in breast cancer research since its founding in 1982, the largest investment outside the U.S. government.

Today, Komen works to meet the direct needs of anyone impacted by breast cancer in Charlotte: 

  • The Komen Breast Care Helpline is staffed by trained professionals who provide information about breast health, breast cancer, clinical trials and local and national resources. Additionally, staff provide emotional and mental health support to anyone in need. The Helpline can be reached by emailing helpline@komen.org or calling 1-877-GO-KOMEN.

  • Komen’s Treatment Assistance Program offers qualifying individuals financial assistance to help cover costs during treatment. These costs can include rent, daycare, gas to and from appointments and medications so that patients don’t have to choose between paying for everyday costs and staying in treatment. Apply for treatment assistance by calling 1-877-GO-Komen.

  • Patient navigators help individuals obtain necessary breast services and breast cancer support throughout the continuum of care. A navigator in Charlotte is helping local patients get screening, diagnosis and treatment services, and connecting them with local resources that can make their treatment as comprehensive as possible. To inquire about patient navigation services, call 1-877-GO-KOMEN.

Komen hosts two annual events in Charlotte: the Charlotte Race for the Cure, hosted the first Saturday in October, and Laugh for the Cure, hosted annually in March. Additionally, volunteers throughout the state organize additional events to benefit Susan G. Komen, including sports tournaments, give-back nights, and more.

This year’s 25th Anniversary Race for the Cure is a hybrid event, allowing participants to live stream our Opening Ceremonies on October 2 at 8 a.m., followed by the opportunity to join with fellow survivors, MBC thrivers, caregivers, and supporters at our Pink Pathways throughout the community. Pink Pathways are informal meet-up locations hosted by volunteers who have organized trails, parks, and neighborhood locations to log your miles! Learn more about this year’s race at Komen.org/CharlotteRace.

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