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Staggering statistics surface as 6th Annual Race for the Cure approaches Tri Cities 5k event raises funds, awareness for breast cancer

Kingsport, Tenn.—Red, yellow, blue, green, orange, brown, violet, and black—pink was not included in the original eight Crayola colors, but maybe the company should consider revising the pack. Recent statistics show that 1 in every 8 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life. The world’s largest breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, has been determined to change these daunting statistics through fundraising events such as the Race for the Cure® Series for nearly 30 years. The 6th annual Tri Cities Race for the Cure event will take place on Sunday, October 23rd at 3:00 pm in Memorial Park in Kingsport. The Susan G. Komen Tri Cities Affiliate has set a fundraising goal of $650,000 for this year’s race. “We are very excited for the 6th annual Tri Cities Race for the Cure,” stated Natalie Whitlock, Race Director. “We hope to have 6,000 runners & walkers supporting our cause to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease and find a cure.”

Participants can register to run or walk any of the Race for the Cure events by mail, online at, or at the registration tent on race day. All registration fees include the official Komen Race for the Cure t-shirt and Race bib. Mail-in and online registration ends on October 17, 2011, at 5:00 pm. Registration forms and more event information are available online at Emcees Sarah Diamond (WJHL 11Connects) and Bob Feagins (Kingsport Chamber of Commerce) will kick off the race day festivities at 12 pm. The event provides entertainment for all ages with musical guests, food sponsor tents, and the kid’s Dash for the Cure races. In addition, an interactive I AM THE CURE® booth will be set up for participants to learn about breast self-awareness. Survivors are invited to come, eat and relax on race day in the Survivor Café. Race Director Natalie Whitlock raved about the event saying, “It is one of the most fun and special days of the year, and we hope we will have our biggest year yet!” Due to the anticipated high attendance numbers, the affiliate office asks race-goers to plan their afternoon to allow for traffic and parking. Free parking will be available in the Dobyns-Bennett High School parking lot on Ft. Henry Drive. For more information about Race for the Cure or the Susan G. Komen Tri Cities Affiliate, visit the website at or contact Cheryl Youland at ####

Staggering statistics surface as 6th Annual Tri-Cities Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure approaches  

Published in Kingsport Times-News on Sunday, October 2, 2011.

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