Susan G.Komen Israel Race for the Cure 311.
(photo credit: David Katz)
Oncologists, health care representatives and community leaders from Israel and
the United States gathered at the residence of US Ambassador Dan Shapiro on
Wednesday to kick off preparations for the second Susan G. Komen Race for the
Cure in Israel.
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The event will be held in Jerusalem on May 3. The first
Komen race was held there in October 2010, attracting 5,000 participants, with
3,000 of them coming from the Naamat women’s organization.
Naamat will once again be the chief NGO partner in the event, which is designed
to create more awareness of breast cancer and the benefits of early
Shapiro’s wife, Julie Rachel Fisher, who is chairing this
year’s race, noted that cancer respects no borders, nor ethnic, national,
religious or political differences. It is a common denominator for
victims of all backgrounds.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure (SGKC) is a
global breast cancer research and awareness organization operating in more than
50 countries. It was founded by Nancy Brinker, who watched her sister, Susan,
fight a losing three-year battle against breast cancer. Just before Susan died
in 1980 at age 36, she made Nancy promise to do everything she could to find a
Nancy started to keep that promise in 1982, and since then the
organization she founded in her sister’s memory has grown beyond anything she
could have imagined. It began to fund breast cancer research in Israel in
1994, and so far has donated $3 million to various research projects and to
breast cancer awareness programs here.
The total funding SGKC has
provided to countries around the globe amounts to $1.3 billion, said Margo K.
Lucero, vice president of business development and partnerships.
Zusmanovich, representing Naamat, said her organization places breast cancer
awareness high on its agenda. She invited Israelis of all stripes to join in the
race on May 3 to ensure that the greatest concerted effort can be made toward
finding a cure.