Nearly 1,000 people turned out on a gray October morning in Athens to raise more than 80k in the Southeast Ohio Race for the cure.
Among the runners were 76 breast cancer survivors wearing pink shirts. At the finish line, OU cheerleaders and the dance team helped participants to celebrate achieving their goals, according to a release from Komen Columbus.
Money raised supports local breast cancer programming for underserved and underinsured women, as well as national research.
“One-third of the diagnoses and deaths in the Komen Columbus 30-county service area are from southeastern Ohio. This is unacceptable, especially since these counties have far less than one-third of the population,” said Katie Carter, Komen Columbus Executive Director in a press release from the organization.
“The money and awareness we raised today will help address barriers specific to this region, including proximity to health facilities, transportation, and lack of or inadequate insurance and expensive co-pays.”
Southeastern Ohio receives about half of the funding Komen Columbus raises, the press release concluded.