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May 21 marks the 20th Annual Detroit Komen Race for the Cure

The 20th anniversary of the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure will be held in downtown Detroit on Saturday, May 21, sponsored locally by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Beginning in 1992, millions of people, including sponsors, teams, runners, walkers and volunteers have gathered to raise breast cancer awareness, as well support and honor family members and friends with breast cancer.

In 2010, $2.3 million was raised through the 5K run/walk event, and since its inception 20 years ago, more than $193 million have been raised.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization has invested $1.5 billion in breast cancer research and awareness, making it the largest group of its kind in the world.

The Detroit event will donate 75 percent of its proceeds to the Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, with the rest going to Susan G. Komen projects.

Participants can sign up for a 5K competition, a 5K walk or a one-mile walk.

In recent studies, breast cancer rates have been shown to decrease with regular exercise, and the Susan G. Komen foundation announced that it would spend $1 million on research further explaining the link between breast cancer and exercise. 
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