Philadelphia Race for the Cure draws 40,000 for breast cancer
Jun 13, 2011
The Philadelphia Race for the Cure saw a crowd of 40,000 people participating in the breast cancer cause, according to a report from Philly.com.
Participants donned pink shirts and hats and joined together to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation that is sponsoring Race for the Cure. The Komen organization was founded when one sister promised another that she would spend the rest of her life working to end breast cancer.
People of all ages and stages in life participated in the breast cancer activity.
Jodi Krawitz was one of those who took part in the race. She had raised more than $2,600 for the cause.
"A lot of this money goes to women who don't have health insurance. I look around, and I see all these pink shirts, and I see that I am not alone," Krawitz told the news source.
About one in eight women in the U.S. is found to have breast cancer at some point in her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. More than 200,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, while almost 2,000 men received the same diagnosis. The ACS recommends that women over the age of 40 receive annual mammograms in order to catch cancer at its earliest onset.