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We Race Because…

  • One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Because every minute, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer.
  • And because, breast cancer knows no boundaries- be it age, gender, socio-economic status or geographic location.
  • We continue to Race because at the current rate, 13 million breast cancer deaths around the world will occur in the next 25 years.


But, when you participate and fundraise for the Race, we fight these statistics together. In 1980, the 5-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer (cancer confined to the breast) was about 74 percent. Today, that number is 99 percent! Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer - transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. This progress was made with your continued support and together we can reach our vision of a world without breast cancer.

In LA County alone approximately 6,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and 1,000 die. When breast cancer is detected early however, lives can be saved.

Seventy-five percent of Komen LA’s net income funds grants for local hospitals and community health programs benefitting underinsured and underserved women and men in Los Angeles County. Services Komen LA funds include mammograms; early detection outreach and education for at-risk and underserved groups including African Americans, Latinas and women under 40; and support for breast cancer patients. This year, Komen LA County will provide funding for over 3,500 vital breast cancer services to over 2,300 individuals because of money raised at the Komen LA County Race for the Cure® and other fundraising efforts of the Affiliate.

The remaining 25 percent of funds raised through Komen LA’s efforts supports Susan G. Komen’s national research fund that has provided more than $1.6 billion for groundbreaking research serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. UCLA and USC are among the local Los Angeles area recipients of research grants.