Susan G. Komen Chicago To Host Mother's Day Race For The Cure Honoring Former First Lady Maggie C. Daley
CHICAGO, Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On Mother's Day, May 12, 2013, thousands will gather for the Susan G. Komen Chicagoland Race for the Cure® in Grant Park. The event will honor those who have battled breast cancer and further the mission of the Chicagoland Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® -- to save lives and end breast cancer forever. The Daley family will serve as Honorary Chairs of the race, celebrating the life of Chicago's former First Lady Maggie C. Daley, and the passion and energy she displayed as a Mom and breast cancer fighter.
"My wife is a breast cancer survivor, and I have been privileged to walk beside her at many Race for the Cure events. With the very special occasion of Mother's Day, we expect participation to grow as the Chicagoland Race for the Cure becomes a destination for families and friends who plan weekend getaways to our great city for the many attractions it has to offer, and in support of a great cause," said Richard Biller, President of the Board of Directors of Komen Chicago.
Money raised by the Komen Chicagoland Race for the Cure funds breast health education, breast cancer screening, treatment, treatment support and patient navigation services to uninsured and underinsured women in need. Seventy-five percent (75%) of net proceeds generated by the Chicago Affiliate are used to support these life-saving efforts in the Chicagoland community, while the remaining twenty-five percent (25%) of net funds raised support global research. In 2012, Komen Chicago granted over $1.5 million to 17 community organizations, and in total has awarded over $12 million towards the fight against breast cancer in the Chicagoland service area.
"We are deeply touched by this Mother's Day event honoring Maggie and all of those who are affected by this disease," said former City of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. "My family believes that it takes a strong network of individuals to help navigate the path for survivors and co-survivors and we know that Komen Chicago is making an impact right here in our communities."
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