Race for the Cure helps fund Start Now

News-DemocratJune 12, 2014 

Komen St. Louis expects downtown to be awash in a sea of pink on Saturday.

"We have 30,000 (racers) registered right now. That's down from last year but registration is still coming in," said Janet Vigen Levy, director of public relations and marketing for Komen St. Louis.

Komen St. Louis hopes to raise more than $2 million at the single-day event, Levy said. Of that money, 75 percent stays in the St. Louis area, including going toward the Start Now Breast Cancer Awareness Services at Touchette Regional Hospital. Komen St. Louis supports 17 counties in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Start Now provides breast cancer education to women ages 40 and over, individual case management for screening and treatment.

Levy said Illinois patients also benefit from Sitemans Cancer Center at Barnes Jewish Hospital.

The remaining 25 percent goes to breast cancer research, much of it done in the St. Louis area, Levy said.

Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure starts at North Tucker Boulavard and Olive Street in St. Louis. Sponsor tents and survivor activities are planned for Soldiers Memorial park. Race day registration opens at 6:30 a.m.; wheelchair start is 8:25 and the timed 5K race begins at 8:30.

Levy said she expects the event to be cleared out by 1 p.m.

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