At Sylvane, we aren’t just concerned with air quality — we are concerned with total health. That’s why we are participating in the Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure 2010 on May 8.
For the race’s 20th anniversary, the Greater Atlanta Chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has set a goal of $2 million. Funds from this year’s 5K run/walk will go towards research, treatment, and education to help women detect, survive, and end breast cancer.
This global breast cancer movement started as a promise between two sisters, Nancy G. Brinker and her dying sister Susan G. Komen. Since its inception in 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has invested more than $1 billion towards Brinker’s promise of ending breast cancer forever. In fact, the nonprofit organization has become the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists worldwide.
As a result of these efforts, Komen for the Cure has contributed to the following victories:
- Nearly 75 percent of women over 40 currently receive regular mammograms, which is the most effective tool for early detection.
- The five-year survival rate for breast cancer, when caught before it spreads beyond the breast, is 98 percent, as compared to 74 percent in 1982.
- The federal government devotes more than $900 million each year to breast cancer research, as compared to $30 million in 1982.
- America’s 2.5 million breast cancer survivors make up the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S.
While these victories represent significant steps towards the goal of stopping breast cancer, this disease still affects the lives of millions around the globe. In fact, without a cure, an estimated 25 million women around the world will be diagnosed with breast cancer within the next 25 years — and 10 million could die.
Help us support this great cause by donating to or joining our team! If you don’t live in the Atlanta area but would still like to participate in a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event, don’t worry there’s a race near you. Visit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website to find out how you can join the global breast cancer movement!