20th Annual Breast Cancer Race for the Cure held in Detroit
May 24, 2011
At 9 a.m. on May 21, Comerica Park in Detroit was abuzz with people dressed in pink and participating in the Breast Cancer Race for the Cure event, now running its 20th year, according to a new report from The Southend.
There was much more than just a walk and race on the special day. More than 40,000 people were expected to participate and raise awareness for breast cancer.
"Everyone in the community can see the importance [of the event], and it really brings everyone together. We [had] 20 bands entertaining people. Shops open up to allow people to use the bathroom and to give out drinks," Maureen Keenan Meldrum, the chair for Detroit Race for the Cure, told the news source.
In the U.S. alone, more than 200,000 women are yearly diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. The rate is much lower for men but breast cancer nevertheless does occur in male patients. Women over the age of 40 should receive annual mammograms, according to the ACS.