Herald JournalHerald Journal, April 14, 2003

Team members sought for Race for the Cure in May

By Julie Yurek

The search is on for people interested in participating in the Race for the Cure fundraiser scheduled for Sunday, May 11 (Mother's Day) at 9 a.m.

Charlene Anderson, of Winsted, is organizing a local team in support of cancer survivors and especially in support of her sister, Bonnie Roy, who is a six-year breast cancer survivor.

In Howard Lake, a group of women from Salon Amie will also be at Race for the Cure.

Stylists Rose Barberg, Donna Munson, Amy Dell, Amy Johnson, and Kathy Johnson, and client Lori Gruenhagen will attend the fundraiser.

Anderson hopes to recruit enough people to fill a bus to take to the Twin Cities.

Estimated departure time is 6:30 a.m. from Watertown, and return time is expected before 2 p.m., Anderson said.

The non-competitive, untimed 5K walk starts and finishes on 69th Street between France Avenue and York Avenue next to Southdale Center, and takes walkers around and through Cornilia Park in Edina.

Teams may consist of men, women, and children participating in any of the events.

Teams with more than 20 members will be given a pre-printed team name sign when they pick up their team packages the day of the event. The 11-by-17 signs can be carried by team members during the 5k walk, according to the Race for the Cure pamphlet.

Anderson will take part in the 5K walk, which is about three miles, she said. "It's a leisurely walk to fight this disease."

After the walk, breast cancer survivors are encouraged to participate in the Survivor Celebration and Photo, a tribute to all who have survived breast cancer, and to honor those who have lost their battle against the disease.

Registration deadlines

The deadline to sign up for the walk and bus is Saturday, April 26, Anderson said.

The registration fee for the walk is $20 per person if registered before April 26, Anderson said. She needs the fee submitted to her by Wednesday, April 23, she added.

Participants who register after April 26 will have to pay $25 per person, she said.

The registration fee includes a T-shirt, Anderson said. "Let me know what T-shirt size you need."

If a person cannot attend the event, but would like to make a pledge, he or she may do so by calling Anderson, she said. Registration forms can also be obtained from her. Anderson's phone number is (320) 485-4281.

Pledges are payable to Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure and can be sent to Anderson's address, PO Box 904, Winsted, 55395. Anderson must receive pledges by April 23, she said.

Team members may also register individually online at www.racecure.org. However, if registering by mail, team members must return their forms to Anderson to be mailed in together in one envelope.

Entries that arrive separately or are registered online after April 26, will be treated as individual entrants and will not be counted as team members, it said.

Susan G. Komen Foundation

Race for the Cure is part of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker, to honor the memory of her sister, Susan Komen, who died of breast cancer at the age of 36.

Today, the foundation is an international organization that organizes events to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening, and treatment.

Approximately 75 percent of the net proceeds from the Race for the Cure stay in Minnesota. In 2002, more than $1.9 million was distributed to help fund national research and statewide breast cancer screening, education, and treatment programs targeting medically underserved Minnesota women.

Twenty-five percent of the net funds that are raised contribute to the national Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Research Program to fund breast cancer research.

Breast cancer facts

In 2003:

· 211,300 US women will be diagnosed with breast cancer; 39,800 will die.

· 1,300 US men will be diagnosed with breast cancer; 400 will die.

· 3,200 Minnesota women will be diagnosed with breast cancer; 700 will die.

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