The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® is the world’s largest run/walk series that raises funds for breast health education, as well as breast cancer prevention, advocacy and treatment. In Nebraska, the Race for the Cure is the primary fundraiser held each October during national breast cancer awareness month.
- Because of your support, we’re giving hope to Nebraskans every day — mothers, daughters, sisters, spouses and many others.
- 75% of net proceeds from the Race fund grants for breast health education, breast cancer screening and treatment support. 25% of net proceeds fund breast cancer research, including research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
- Grants are awarded by Komen Nebraska throughout the year to eligible nonprofits to help address breast health needs throughout the state.
- Registration fees, sponsorships and fundraising dollars generated by the 2014 Race for the Cure® allowed Komen to grant $577,600 to nonprofits in Nebraska.
How you can help
- Walk or run: Races will be held in Omaha on Sunday, Oct. 4, and in Kearney on Saturday, Oct. 17.
- Donate: Fundraising is key to help those affected by breast cancer and improving the future – donate to a Race participant
- Share your story: Tell friends and family why you support the Race — in memory of someone lost, to honor a survivor or to simply put an end to this disease.
Why we need ongoing support
- In Nebraska, more than 1,200 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, and 200 people will die of the disease.
- Nebraska ranks no. 40 in the U.S. for mammography screening rates.
- One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
- Every two minutes, one case of breast cancer is diagnosed in the U.S.
Did you know?
- Susan G. Komen is the largest source of breast cancer research funding outside of the U.S. government.
- Grants from Susan G. Komen have touched every major breast cancer breakthrough of the past 30 years.
- The five-year survival rate for early stage breast cancer is now 99% compared to only 74% in 1982 — the year Susan G. Komen® was founded.
- Komen Nebraska has provided over $6 million in grants throughout Nebraska since 1994 – the year of the first Omaha Race for the Cure.