$1.3M raised for breast cancer walk
SAN DIEGO — More than $1.3 million to support local and national breast cancer programs was raised by 12,000 runners and walkers Sunday, as they gathered in San Diego for the 19th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
More than 20,000 people — including runners, walkers and the crowd that cheered them on — gathered at Balboa Park for 5K and one-mile walk/runs.
“The 5K and one-mile walk/run raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates survivors and honors those who have lost their battle,” said Laura Farmer Sherman, president and CEO of Susan G. Komen San Diego.
“Seventy-five percent of the proceeds from the event will go to local breast health services and programs, and the remaining 25 percent will go to international research.”
The 2015 Honorary Survivors were Rochelle Bradley of San Diego and Fran Robinson of Lakeside, who both work at the Sycuan Casino and have for years been part of their employer’s Race for the Cure team.
According to the Komen organization, Bradley’s breast cancer is in remission, but Robinson’s cancer is in an advanced stage. She’s started a new type of chemotherapy and radiation treatment in her battle, which she’s waged since 2010.
Komen San Diego says it is the county’s largest provider of free breast cancer treatments, services and support.