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Spotlight: Central Valley Race for the Cure

Feb 17, 2015 09:48PM ● By Cen Cali Life Magazine


Central Valley Race for the Cure

by Abigail Martin

The Susan G. Komen foundation held its annual Central Valley Race for the Cure on the Fresno State campus on Oct. 25. Thousands of people sporting pink gathered at the Maple Mall on campus to volunteer or participate in the 5k run, 5k walk, 1.75-mile walk or 1-mile walk.

The first Central Valley Race for the Cure was held in 1999. The event was started by breast cancer survivor Carolyn Jorgensen, who passed away from the disease in 2007.

Sharon Johnson, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Central Valley, said the race is part of Jorgensen’s legacy. The foundation board’s mission is to ensure that people are living healthier lifestyles that can aid in cancer prevention.

This year, the race raised about $250,000. Seventy-five percent of the profits fund local education, screening and treatment programs.

“When we talk about what we’re funding, we’re funding critical, lifesaving services such as diagnostic mammograms, screening mammograms, patient navigation, ultrasounds, lymphedema treatments and culturally appropriate breast cancer education,” Johnson said.

The other 25 percent of the profits is given to the national Susan G. Komen foundation to fund breast cancer research.

Central California Life was there to support the race participants and survivors. The staff pinned the attendees with pink ribbons to symbolize the magazine’s support for the organization.