The 2012 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will be held at Coconut Point Mall in Estero on Saturday, March 10, and online event registration is now open. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is the largest fundraising event in Southwest Florida supporting the fight against breast cancer. Komen is also the world's largest non-governmental source for breast cancer research in the world.
To encourage early registration for the event, participants registering by Nov. 30 will be entered into a chance drawing for an American Airlines round-trip ticket anywhere in the continental U.S. As an additional incentive, those who register by Feb. 24 will have their race day packets mailed to them.
The Race is a sanctioned 5K event that also includes a non-competitive 5K run/walk and a one-mile fun run/walk. More than 12,000 participants, volunteers and sponsors attended the 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure. This allowed the Southwest Florida affiliate to make grants totaling more than $1,015,235, to 13 local non-profit agencies that provide breast cancer education, screening, treatment and support in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.
Seventy-five percent of all net proceeds from the Southwest Florida Race for the Cure stay in Southwest Florida and 25 percent of proceeds are given to national research programs. Since 2002, the Southwest Florida affiliate has given more than $4.7 million to local non-profit organizations.
Local sponsors include: Mariann, Bob & Megan McDonald, Ford, Coconut Point, Comcast, The News-Press, NBC-2, e-Bella Magazine, Gator Country 101.9, Bob FM, Seminole Casino, Mix 104.7, 21st Century Oncology, Regional Cancer Center, FPL, Vein Specialists and Sweetbay. For more information on sponsorship or to register a team or individual, visit www.Komenswfl.org or call 498-0016.