Northwest NEWS

August 30, 1999


Seattle gears up for Komen Race for the Cure

by Deborah Stone

   The 6th annual Western Washington Komen Race for the Cure will be held Sunday, Sept. 12, at Husky Stadium.

   The Komen Race for the Cure is a run/walk event sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The race was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of thirty-six.

   The Foundation is a national organization with a network of volunteers working through local affiliates across the country to help eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening, and treatment. The Foundation is the nation's largest private funder of research dedicated solely to breast cancer. It has raised more than $200 million since its inception.

   Key to this success is the Race for the Cure, the largest series of 5K runs in the nation. Races will be held in 106 cities across the U.S. in 1999, with more than 700,000 participants expected. The Foundation presents these races to increase awareness of breast health concerns and to raise funds to support local breast cancer programs and national research efforts.

   Breast cancer is the leading cause of death of women between the ages of 35-54. Nearly 178,700 women and 1,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone, and 43,500 women and men will die from the disease.

   Fifteen thousand participants are expected at this year's Western Washington Race, with a fundraising goal of $800,000. Kathy Holmgren, wife of Seattle Seahawks Coach Mike Holmgren, has been appointed the 1999 Honorary Chair for the Race in Seattle.

   "We couldn't be happier to have Kathy join us in the war to eliminate a disease that affects so many women and their loved ones," said Laura McNeil, 1999 Seattle Race Chair. "Not only has Kathy held similar positions in the past, her understanding of breast cancer comes from close personal family experience." Holmgren's involvement in breast cancer awareness began shortly after her mother was diagnosed with the disease in 1990.

   To receive more information about the Race for the Cure, call the race hotline at 206-667-6700, or access the website at