Des Moines RRT Volunteers at the October 29, 2016 Susan G Komen Race For The Cure
On Saturday, October 29, 2016, Rapid Relief Team of Des Moines was privileged to assist with the 25th annual Susan G Komen foundation 5K walk/run for the cure. There were more than 6,500 participants. This event raised a grand total of $146,194.34 which is used to fund breast cancer screening, treatment and awareness programs that help detect cancer in the early stages and save lives.
This race began at the State of Iowa Capitol Grounds where there was a breakfast, parade and photos for survivors. RRT volunteers set up and hosted rest stop tents where they distributed donated food and water. They also helped with the registration process on the day and assisted in the clean up after the event was completed.
Children from ages 2 – 10 were encouraged to participate in age appropriate categories as well. Each youngster was charged a $15 registration fee and received an event t-shirt. There was activities for the kids on the day of the race such as face painting, temporary tattoos, balloon animals, coloring stations and mascots from various local sports teams.
This race not only raises money but it raises awareness, honors those who have lost their battle with the disease and brings survivors and supporters together. One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer. In 1980, the survival rate was about 74 percent with patients diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. Today, the survival rate has risen to 99 percent.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is the largest and most successful fundraising and education event for breast cancer in the world. Of the income collected 75% is to help fund local programs the other 25% supports the Susan G. Komen Grants program. Their mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.