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We Race Because…

  • One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Because every minute, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer.
  • And because, breast cancer knows no boundaries- be it age, gender, socio-economic status or geographic location.
  • We continue to Race because at the current rate, 13 million breast cancer deaths around the world will occur in the next 25 years.


But, when you participate and fundraise for the Race, we fight these statistics together. In 1980, the 5-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer (cancer confined to the breast) was about 74 percent. Today, that number is 99 percent! Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer - transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. This progress was made with your continued support and together we can reach our vision of a world without breast cancer.

Marie, Bennington Vermont:  Despite working fulltime, the financial burden of diagnostic testing and a biopsy made her hesitate to schedule these procedures.  When a breast health navigator (funded in part by a Komen grant) made her aware of coverage through VT/NH Komen, she agreed to the tests.   Marie was diagnosed with breast cancer and has said that she never would have come in if not for the Komen grant.   She was then enrolled in Vermont’s BCCCP program, Ladies First (another Komen Community Grant recipient) which helped cover costs of her surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.   Marie recently came in for first follow-up mammogram and is now cancer free.  

Susan, Newport Vermont:  Susan’s insurance paid for her annual mammogram, but when she required unexpected diagnostic testing for the possibility of breast cancer, her services were not covered.   In addition to the anxiety of a potential breast cancer diagnosis, she was burdened by the inability to pay for the services she needed.   Susan expressed her appreciation: “I’ve known about the Susan G. Komen funds for years but never thought that one day I would use these funds… I am enrolled in a high deductible medical plan so it is a huge relief to have these funds available to me.   We are extremely fortunate to have such a grant to help pay for breast care services.  Thank you very much.”

Vermont Race for the Cure®

In their own words:  Vermont Komen Race for the Cure Survivors describe what the Race means to them.  Watch here