On Sunday October 1, the center of Athens will be filled with thousands of men, women and children of all ages. The purpose of this race (now in its 35th year and with over a million participants in 140 countries around the world so far) is to raise public awareness about breast cancer.
The history of the race
The idea behind the Race for the Cure began with Nancy Brinker, following a pledge she made to her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer in 1982, that she would do everything in her power to help find a cure for the disease. The first race was held in Dallas, Texas, and it soon spread across the globe, each year touching hundreds of thousands of people of all ages.
The meaning of the race
The goal of this race, which starts and finishes at the Zappeion, is to inform, sensitize and support women, a goal embraced by thousands of women volunteers who have experienced this same situation and who want to do everything possible to aid in the prevention and timely treatment of the disease. Money gathered from the participants and from those who simply want to support the cause is donated and used with utter transparency in service of the race’s goals.
Register to participate
Register to participate as a runner or volunteer, either online or at specific registration points, and become a part of the most important and effective means of spreading information about women’s health and breast cancer – the leading cause of death among women in the western world.