Bosom Buddies from Evergreen Hospital took part in the "Race for the Cure."
Photo by Ellen Curtis.
by Ellen Curtis
Gloomy skies over Husky Stadium threatened rain Sunday morning but they couldn't dampen the spirits of 7,000 walkers, wheelchair racers, and runners who turned out for the third annual Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure.
The purple and gold field was transformed into a city of tents for registration, media, event sponsors, contest prizes, and feeding stations for the thousands that participated.
Approximately 400 breast cancer survivors were honored and easily spotted in their electric-pink visors, which brightened up the gray day. Dozens of participants wore signs commemorating loved ones who died from the insidious disease that is the leading killer of women aged 35-54 and has killed more than 400,000 American women in the past decade.
A non-competitive coed 1K walk for survivors and their families started at 8:30 a.m. Grandparents, children, spouses, and sorority sisters filed out of the stadium five people deep and returned to meet the 5K racers stretching out. A legion of women (and a handful of children) bolted out of the stadium in drizzling rain at 9 a.m. The running chain stretched and wrapped around the stadium and down Pacific Avenue.
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, founded in 1982 and based in Dallas, seeks to fight breast cancer through its volunteers by advancing research, education, early screening, and treatment. Races are held each year in 35 states during October, recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In 1996, 64 cities hosted the Race for the Cure. Locally, the race raised $200,000 for research and education.
Men, too, can fall victim to breast cancer. The Komen Foundation says an estimated 185,000 women and 1,400 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996; 44,300 women and 260 men will die.
For more information about breast cancer or current research, call the Komen Foundation at 667-6700. Donations can be made to Seafirst Bank; c/o West Seattle Branch; 4001 SW Alaska Street; Seattle, WA 98116.