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Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast cancer is a common problem among millions of women, and also affects men as well. Fortunately, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was formed to assist people in their fight against the horrible disease. The foundation was founded over 20 years ago and is considered to be both a national and global leader when it comes to supporting new research and helping with community based outreach programs. Susan G. Komen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1978 when very little was known about the disease. Susan asked her sister Nancy to promise to help to do all she could to educate people about breast cancer and to find a cure for the disease. Unfortunately, Susan died at the age of 36, but her legacy lives on even today with the development of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The foundation plays a very important role in the lives of many women. Over 75,000 people volunteer for the foundation, helping breast cancer sufferers and survivors, educating people about the disease, and helping to raise funds for more research activity. In addition, the foundation has a wonderful grant program and a toll free breast health care hotline, so that women may call in with any questions or concerns they have. The foundation's website also helps to distribute learning materials and pamphlets to individuals, hospitals, and schools. Almost all of the funding for the breast cancer foundation comes from donations given by the general public.

In addition to grants and fundraisers, the Komen Race for the Cure event is held annually. This race is one of the largest series of 5K runs/walks in the entire world. The race has been in existence for 23 years now and is still going strong today. Over 1 million people are projected to participate in over 100 locations across the United States this year alone. Through awareness, people can learn and help others in the fight against breast cancer. It is organizations such as this particular breast cancer foundation that have helped to pave the way to a cure and a better life for those who have been diagnosed with it. Aside from the race for the cure, there are other events that take place for the foundation all over the United States all year long. The Passionately Pink for the Cure event has become a huge success. Dinners, auctions, speeches, and other events also take place to raise money for the breast cancer foundation. All of these events can be found by calling the foundation directly, or by going to their website and looking up the current list of events. Without the breast cancer foundation, this disease may not have hope to finding a cure, but with the money raised, people are more optimistic all the time that the hard work of all of the volunteers will pay off. People who have made donations can also see how much it means to those who are dealing with breast cancer or have dealt with a loved one who has been diagnosed, and that makes all the difference.

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