Clubs and Organizations Rotarians learn of Race for the Cure The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Neuharth Center on the campus of USD. President Mary Edelen opened the meeting and led the club in the invocation. Singing, announcements, and introduction of guests followed this (including five seniors from Vermillion High School). John Prescott was nominated and elected as vice-president of the Vermillion Rotary Club. Rotarian Barry Vickrey introduced Colette Abbott as the speaker for the day. Ms. Abbott is race chair for the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure chapter in South Dakota. She is also a member of the national board. The Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure organization was started in 1982 based on a promise between two sisters that the surviving sister would do something to bring an end to the threat of breast cancer. This organization is the result of that promise. To date about $1 billion dollars have been invested toward that goal. It has become the largest grass-roots network of survivors and activists in the world. The organization is also the largest source of non-profit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. The first race occurred in Dallas, TX in 1983. The first international race occurred in 2000. The South Dakota affiliate was started in 2005. The first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for the state of South Dakota will happen Sunday, Sept. 28, here in Vermillion with registration and packet pickup starting at 7 a.m. inside the south entrance to the DakotaDome. It is also the 25th anniversary of the national organization. More information and entry forms can be obtained at their Web site: www.komensouthdakota.org/race or call 605-990-CURE (2873). The race will start and end at the DakotaDome. There are many ways to become involved other than in the actual race. Check the Web site for additional information about how you can become involved. There are many alternative ways to register. So far the South Dakota affiliate has given about $300,000 to the people of South Dakota to help meet the needs across the state. Ms. Abbott told us that 75 percent of the funds raised stay in South Dakota. Education and awareness are important elements in eliminating breast cancer as well as supporting research and ensuring quality care. General information about the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization can be obtained at: www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.
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