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Komen Race for the Cure set for Saturday, Oct. 6

October 3, 2018

There are 525,600 minutes in a year.

According to figures from the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, that is the same number of women who die each year from breast cancer. It is the goal of the Komen Foundation to cut those figures in half by 2026.

The 2018 Race for the Cure will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby St., Houston, TX 77002. Last’s race was rescheduled to Jan. 27, 2018, after Hurricane Harvey washed out the normal October race.

This year, race day walk-up registration begins at 6 a.m. Saturday. The opening ceremony and memorial bird release is scheduled for 7:45 a.m. Races begin at 8 a.m. The morning culminates with the 10 a.m. survivor celebration.

The Susan G. Komen Houston chapter was established in 1990, making this the 28th annual Race for the Cure.

The money raised from the fundraiser will help fund programs all across the seven-county region surrounding Houston that makes up the chapter’s footprint. The Houston chapter serves Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties.

Just days before the race, runners and walkers can still participate in the Komen Houston Race for the Cure by joining an existing team, forming a new team or by registering as an individual participant. Komen Houston is encouraging area residents to join a team and donate or raise $100 this year.

The history of the Susan G. Komen organization was born in a promise in 1980 that Nancy Goodman Brinker made to her sister, Susan, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33 in 1977. Susan died in 1980.

Brinker promised to do everything she could to bring an end to breast cancer and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1982.

The Komen Foundation is striving to cut breast cancer deaths by 50 percent by 2026.

At this year’s event, KPRC2’s Khambrel Marshall and Gilbert Garcia, managing partner at Garcia Hamilton & Associates, have been named Komen Houston Race for the Cure Co-Chairs.

According to Komen Houston, Marshall has been involved with the organization for nearly 10 years, “starting as event emcee, then as a board member, and now, race co-chair.”

Garcia has served as Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County chairman, Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Houston Downtown Management District, a member of the Board of Directors of the Yale Club of Houston and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System. Garcia’s mother “is a breast cancer survivor, his sister lost her mother-in-law to breast cancer, and his cousin’s wife is battling now, so his connection to the disease is a personal one.”

For more information on the race or the Houston Chapter, go to www.komen-houston.org or email info@komen-houston.org.

rkent@hcnonline.com

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