KOMEN CT RACE FOR THE CURE – WESTPORT – MAY 11, 2013
WHERE: SHERWOOD ISLAND STATE PARK, WESTPORT, CT
WHEN: MAY 11, 2013
WHAT: 5k Run, 5k Walk, 1.5k Walk, Kids Short Run, Survivor Recognition Events
Did you know that Connecticut has the second highest incidence of breast cancer in the United States?
That is why the work of Komen Connecticut is so vital right here in our state, making a critical difference in the lives of women in our communities. There is no other organization in the state that does what we do on a grassroots local level.
Special Notice: Do you have a few hours to give this worthy organization over the next few months? This is our FIRST race in Fairfield County and we need a few leaders to step up to help with the following chair positions. Please see below for the titles and a brief description and feel free to email Jeanine, co-chair of the Westport race, with other questions or with your interest!
–Can you motivate, cheerlead, get people excited? We’re in need of a chair for the “Teams for a Cure” position who will be responsible for motivating Fairfield county residents to form teams for the Race. The committee is also responsible for creating and implementing strategies around how to increase Race participant fundraising amongst teams.
–Do you have a high schooler, teach at a school or otherwise have a passion to work with teens? We are in need of a chair position for “Teens for a Cure” who will be responsible for bringing awareness of the Westport RFTC (Race for the Cure) to Fairfield County high schools, and encouraging students to participate in the Race.
–Are you super organized and love to lead and pay attention to the details? We are in need of a Logistics co-chair who will be responsible for implementing and overseeing all ‘behind-the-scenes” aspects of the Race Day experience. The committee is divided into four sub-committees, all assigned a specific task on Race Day – Park Manager, Water Manager, Supplies Manager & Zone Leaders. Committee responsibilities include but are not limited to, securing water for Race Day, planning tent layout, purchasing and/or organizing ALL supplies for Race Day, etc.
–Would you love to help out on race day, in charge of one critical aspect in it’s entirety? We are in need of someone to manage the Food Tent from start to finish. Responsible for managing the Food Tent on Race Day.
Again, email Jeanine Gutauskas with your interest for any of the above positions and clear your calendar for Saturday, May 11th, 2013!
Komen Connecticut‘s primary focus is on the local community: seventy-five percent of the proceeds raised remain in Connecticut and are invested in educating the women and men in our state on the importance of early detection, funding free screening services and providing support to those who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Seventy-five percent of the funds we raise remain in Connecticut, and are invested in local breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs across the state. The remaining twenty-five percent is invested in research to find the causes and cures for breast cancer. None of these funds support Komen National.
A Few Breast Cancer Facts:
For Women in the United States for 2012:
It is estimated that among U.S. women there will be:
- 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer (includes new cases of primary breast cancer among survivors, but not recurrence of original breast cancer among survivors).
- 63,300 new cases of in situ breast cancer (includes ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), of those, about 85 percent will be DCIS). DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer and LCIS is a condition that increases the risk of invasive breast cancer. Learn more about DCIS and LCIS.
- 39,510 breast cancer deaths.
To learn more Breast Cancer facts and information about local support click here.
For those who are concerned about the debacle regarding Planned Parenthood please click here to read an open letter directly from the Executive Director, Anne Morris, of Komen CT addressing this issue.
So, who out there wants to run or walk for this great cause? You don’t have to do it alone, either – we have a team ready for you to join!
We are proud to participate in the Komen CT Race for the Cure on May 11, 2013 in honor of a local mom Aileen who has been a part of our CT-Moms community for the past five years and is currently fighting breast cancer. She is just like all of us and we can all work together on her behalf to raise funds for a cure.
To learn more about Aileen stop by the blog she keeps about her fight with cancer called Fight & Write.