Brokaws to help with ‘Race For The Cure’

Each year in South Dakota, 520 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and 100 women die from it.

Each year, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure works to try and find a solution for breast cancer.
This Sunday, the third annual Komen South Dakota Race for the Cure will take place in Vermillion, and 75 percent of the money raised from the event will stay in South Dakota to help women who have breast cancer.

"In South Dakota, there are so many people affected by breast cancer," said Colette Abbott, the chair of Komen South Dakota Race for the Cure. "The really important thing is that 75 percent of the money stays in South Dakota."

Last year, $200,000 was raised for breast cancer treatment and research in South Dakota.

"We hear stories all the time from someone's mother or sister that was diagnosed with breast cancer. We need to find a cure!" Abbott added.
Part of this year's festivities is a chance to meet native South Dakotan and special correspondent for NBC News Tom Brokaw.

Brokaw and his wife Meredith will serve as the honorary chairs for the race on Sunday and on Saturday, the Brokaws will be handing out the hip number and shirts from 10 a.m. to noon at the DakotaDome.

The Brokaws will be attending the event thanks to an old friend.

"They are good friends with Celia and Jim Miner of Yankton. Celia is a 20-year breast cancer survivor, and is a friend of Meredith's," Abbott said. "Not too many people can approach them like Celia can. They are proud of their South Dakota roots, and they are committed to the cause and finding a cure."

This year's honorary cancer survivor will be Tam Baker, who is a 22-year old breast cancer survivor.

"This year, we wanted to highlight a woman who was living with breast cancer for a while," Abbott said. "Tam is a wonderful advocate, and she is healthy, happy and living a good life."

Sunday's Race For The Cure will start off at 7:30 a.m. when the survivors area opens with ceremony for the survivors held one hour later.

The one-mile/walk will start at 9:10 a.m. with the 5k following at 9:30 a.m. The Race For The Cure will start at the DakotaDome, and will also conclude at the same place.

Last year, 2,200 people took part in the one-mile/walk and 5k, and Abbott is expecting about the same number of participants this year.

"The first year we were expecting 500 people and it was about 2,000," she said. "I would say we are on track for another supportive race as far as the numbers are concerned."

Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. Moved by Susan's compassion for others and commitment to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer.

Though Susan lost her battle with the disease, her legacy lives on through the work of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the organization Nancy started in her honor. Komen for the Cure is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 billion since its inception in 1982. Komen's promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. ?Across the country, that promise is upheld by a network of 122 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference.

The South Dakota Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure began serving the state in 2005. Since then, it has granted nearly $735,000 to organizations throughout the state to support the fight against breast cancer.

In addition to the Race for the Cure®, the Komen South Dakota Affiliate and the national organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure, have year-round efforts to provide breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.
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