Komen plans inaugural race in Athens

Staff Report

COLUMBUS — Susan G. Komen Columbus will expand the Race for the Cure beyond the streets of downtown Columbus and on to the brick streets of Ohio University on Oct. 25 for the Komen Athens Race for the Cure.

The Athens Race for the Cure will support programs specific to the 18 counties in the southeastern Ohio region: Athens, Vinton, Washington, Jackson, Morgan, Perry, Meigs, Gallia, Noble, Hocking, Scioto, Pike, Ross, Fairfield, Muskingum, Guernsey, Monroe and Lawrence.

“Southeastern Ohio residents face numerous barriers to breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment,” said Katie Carter, Komen Columbus executive director. “One-third of the diagnoses and deaths in the Komen Columbus 30-county service area are from southeastern Ohio. The Komen Athens Race for the Cure will raise awareness and funds to make breast cancer detection and care more accessible to women who live in these counties.”

Komen Columbus is partnering with the Ohio University’s School of Nursing, which successfully held “Pink Paws for the Cause” 5K in 2014 and raised $3,000 for Komen Columbus.

“The idea of a 5K race started with a desire to get my students engaged with the community outside of campus,” said Eliza Harper, assistant professor at the Ohio University School of Nursing. “I know how hard it is to access preventative care in the area. Our partnership with Komen Columbus will allow us to make a great impact to our community and will also allow my students be part of the solution to address those disparities. It’s a win-win for us all.”

According to Carter, Komen Columbus’ total impact in southeastern Ohio since 2000:

  • Funded $4,591.397 in programs in this region.
  • 217,571 services provided to help women overcome barriers contributing to breast cancer mortality.
  • 119 breast cancers diagnosed through these services.

“We are excited to work with the Ohio University campus and Athens community to help us continue to support and increase access to more breast cancer prevention and treatment options to women in southeastern Ohio,” Carter said.

Registration information is available at http://bit.ly/AthensRacefortheCure.

Staff Report