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Join us for the 27th Annual Pittsburgh Race for the Cure

REGISTER TODAY |  Register today for the 27th annual Pittsburgh Race for the Cure on May 12, 2019. This Mother's Day tradition honors all those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer and creates momentum to renew our commitment to funding vital breast health education, screening, and treatment programs throughout our 53-county service area of western, central, and northeastern Pennsylvania. Your participation and support helps us to meet our mission to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. 

Register here button 2019

 

"WHO'S YOUR ONE" SIGNS whos your one pgh rftc poster_3.6.19

This year, the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure will honor and recognize breast cancer survivors, Forever Fighters, and those we have lost to this disease in many special ways. Declare your one — the one who you Race for, the one who you fight for with specially designed, customized 12"x18" posters. "Who's Your One" posters, featuring your special message, will line the Schenley Bridge as participants enter Flagstaff Hill. Posters will be available for a donation prior to the event; all pre-ordered posters will be digitally printed and available to take home at the completion of the Race. Stay tuned for more information!

 

FUNDRAISING TEAMS team icon pgh rftc_3.6.19

Join the movement and turn your support into action. Groups of 10 or more are invited to register as a team. There is no additional charge, and team members do not have to participate in the same event. Form a team today with family, friends, co-workers, school club, etc. We will recognize the largest teams, both in number of members and fundraising dollars in the following categories:

  • Family/Friends
  • Company/Corporate
  • School/University
  • Community Organization 

 

PLEDGE PROGRAM pledge icon heart hand_3.8.19

Fundraising is the most vital step in supporting the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure. The funds you raise along this journey will:

  • Support the next generation of breast cancer researchers
  • provide underserved patients with low- or no-cost screening, diagnosis and treatment
  • eliminate disparities in breast cancer care and outcomes by addressing gaps in access and quality
  • gather heroes and their communities together to honor, support and celebrate

Download the pledge form HERE.


PACKET PICK-UP / REGISTER IN-PERSON hand packet pick up receive pgh rftc_3.12.19

Participants may pick up their Race material or register in-person at one of our locations listed below:

  • Friday, April 12, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
    • University of Pittsburgh, Posvar Hall Galleria
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Ross Park Mall 
    • South Hills Village 
    • Monroeville Mall 
    • The Mall at Robinson 
  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
    • Flagstaff Hill at Schenley Park 
  • Sunday, May 12, 2019 opens at 6:30 a.m. 
    • Flagstaff Hill at Schenley Park 

INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM DEADLINES

  • Paper registration deadline: must be postmarked by April 19, 2019.
  • Online registration closes: May 8, 2019 at noon.
  • Paper team: Call Meg at 412.342.0500 for more info.
  • Race packets will not be mailed after May 1, 2019.

 

BUS TRANSPORTATION shuttle icon pgh rftc_3.12.19

Roundtrip bus transportation will be provided from many locations in our region. The cost per person is $5.00, and reservations and payment must be made online by May 8, 2019 at noon. If you are unable to make a reservation online please call Meg at 412-342-0500. For a complete listing of bus locations and to reserve your seat, click HERE.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED volunteer icon pgh rftc_3.6.19

The success of our Race depends on the support of our volunteers. Sign up to become a volunteer HERE. Questions? Please contact Jonathan at jwinkler@komengreaterpa.org or 412.342.0500.


 

Dr. Margaret Rosenzweig receives two-year seed grant for ACBC initiatives 

Margaret Rosenzweig headshot_3.12.19The Allegheny County Breast Collaborative (ACBC), with the purpose to address disparities in breast health and breast cancer care in Allegheny County is continuing its work through a two-year seed grant from the University of Pittsburgh to Margaret Rosenzweig, PHD, CRNP-C, AOCN, FAAN.  Dr. Rosenzweig is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh who works diligently to address racial disparities in breast cancer care as well as to provide care to people living with metastatic breast cancer. 

Komen Greater PA is proud to work with Dr. Rosenzweig and the rest of the community partners of ACBC on her grant “Developing Synergy for Breast Cancer Control”.  This cooperative group is providing community engagement offering support, education and advocacy for underserved women in Allegheny County by first targeting the women of Braddock through community outreach programs as they #TurnBraddockPositivelyPink!  The first phase of the program includes educational and awareness programs that are being held throughout the neighborhood to encourage positive breast health action such as getting a mammogram and making healthy lifestyle choices. In addition to programming, Dr. Rosenzweig’s team has a telephone number to call for individuals looking for additional information: 412-228-9800. If you live in the Braddock area and would like more information, please call and leave a message.  The team will return your call in 2-3 business days.

 

Recent Events

PINK THE PETERSEN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL GAME pink the pete 2019 group photo

The 12th annual Pink the Petersen Pitt Women's Basketball Game held on February 10 was spectacular! Fans in attendence received a “Pink the Petersen” T-shirt and breast cancer survivors were recognized on the court during halftime. Komen Greater PA thanks the University of Pittsburgh’s Women’s Basketball Team and everyone in attendance for supporting our continued fight against breast cancer. Check out the photos HERE.

 

SKI FOR THE CURE ski for the cure 2019 photo

The 12th Annual Ski for the Cure on February 23 was a huge success! Over $33,000 was raised through the day’s activities including a pledge ski-a-thon, timed races, dedication runs, raffles, and more! Komen Greater PA would like to thank Jack Frost Big Boulder as well as the event sponsors and volunteers for really hitting the slopes in making the day possible! Check out the photos HERE.

 

Nominations being accepted for the Giant Eagle Karen Shapira Survivor Award survivor_shapira award photo_3.12.19

"I am honored to have received the Karen Shapira Award recognizing those who volunteer in the community. Having metastatic triple negative breast cancer has put me in contact with so many people and I have received so much support from Komen and other local cancer organizations. I'm so glad I can continue to volunteer and help others. Receiving this award shows me that my efforts matter." - Chris Needles, 2016 Giant Eagle Karen Shapira Survivor Award recipient. 

Do you know a breast cancer survivor who has made a positive impact in the lives of others? Someone how goes above and beyond to raise breast cancer awareness? Nominations are now being accepted for the prestigious Giant Eagle Karen Shapira Survivor Award. Submit your nomination describing why this survivor would be the best candidate to receive the award. When submitting a nomination, please include the full name, address, phone number and email address for both you and the person you are nominating.

Nominations are due by Friday, April 19 and can be sent via email to Kathy Purcell at kpurcell@komengreaterpa.org or mailed to Susan G. Komen Greater PA, 1133 S. Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218.

 

Pittsburgh Marathon dicks sporting goods pgh marathon logo

Run for #TeamKomen in the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run, or any other marathon-weekend event!

RUN FOR A REASON  |  By registering as a charity runner under the Run for a Reason program, your registration fee is covered by Susan G. Komen Greater PA. YOU commit to meeting the fundraising minimum for the event you choose:

  • MARATHON: $500
  • HALF MARATHON: $350
  • RELAY TEAM: $750
  • 5K RUN: $150
  • KID’S MARATHON: $50
  • PET WALK: $100

HOW TO REGISTER

  • Once at the CrowdRise page click “Join
  • Select “Register” (which will register you for the event of your choice) OR
  • "Join the Team & Create Your Own Fundraiser" (you will not be registered for a marathon event; you will simply have a fundraising page!)
  • Deadline to sign up is March 31!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  |  Get involved! Volunteers are the heart and SOLE of the Pittsburgh Marathon. Take part in the fun and sign up to volunteer today

 

Want to be VIPink? 

vipink icon 2019_3.7.19Komen Greater PA's VIPink initiative recognizes an exclusive group of individual and corporate leaders representing the communities that they love throughout Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania’s 53-county service area. VIPink representatives are leaders in their community who honor those touched by breast cancer and bring urgency to efforts to find the causes and cures. 

Members of our VIPink Circle demonstrate their commitment by donating or raising the minimum pledge to support Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania, with 75% of all funds raised staying in the local community and supporting breast cancer education, screening, and treatment initiatives, while the remaining 25% supports Komen’s National Grant Program that funds research programs throughout the country.  

  • VIPink Individual | $2,500 minimum pledge
  • VIPink Corporation | $5,000 minimum pledge 

WHY VIPINK? The reality remains that in the United States an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women this year, as well as 2,670 new cases in men, with an estimated 42,260 breast cancer deaths occurring. In the state of Pennsylvania alone, an average of 33 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each day, with approximately five women per day losing their lives to this disease. In the past five years, Komen Greater Pennsylvania has provided over 20,000 mammograms as well as services to nearly 450,000 individuals. Your support saves lives. 

If you are interested in learning more about becoming VIPink and the work of Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania, join us on Tuesday, April 9 at 5:00 p.m. for a VIPink Happy Hour at the Dollar Bank 4th Avenue Heritage Center. 

If you are interested in learning more about becoming VIPink please contact either Kathy or Meg at 412.342.0500.  

 

Komen Connection - 2018 upcoming events

Wacoal Fit for the Cure  |  April 2019. If you would like a free & professional bra fitting that also gives back to the breast cancer cause, we have news for you. During the dates below, Wacoal will donate $2 to Komen for each woman who gets fit as well as $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear item or b.tempt’d bra purchased.

  • Thursday, April 4 - Macy’s at Ross Park Mall
  • Friday, April 5 – Macy’s at South Hills Village
  • Thursday, April 11 – Macy’s at Robinson Town Center
  • Friday, April 12 – Macy’s at Monroeville Mall

27th Annual Pittsburgh Race for the Cure  |  May 12, 2019. Join the fight this Mother's Day! This important annual event raises significant funds for the breast cancer movement, thanks to supporters and survivors who step up and take action by fundraising for the cause. Register today! Important dates:

  • Friday, April 19 - The LAST DAY to mail in the paper entry form 
  • Wednesday, May 8 - Online registration closes at noon

Drink for Pink  |  May, 2019. The Oakland Business Improvement District will host their annual Drink for Pink event, sponsored by Dollar Bank. Drink for Pink will take place a the at the Hilton Garden Inn University Place in Oakland and proceeds will benefit Komen Greater PA. Stop by to meet local celebrity bartenders and enjoy great food and music. For more information, visit OnlyinOakland.org.

Pink in the Park  |  June 1, 2019. Please join us in cheering on the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders baseball team and pay tribute to all Breast Cancer Survivors and Forever Fighters. 

Celebration of the Promise | June 13, 2019. This annual event honors and thanks members of our affiliate’s 53-county service area for their hard work and effort in fundraising on behalf of Komen Greater PA’s breast cancer education, screening, treatment, and research initiatives. 

Swing for the Cure  |  July 15, 2019. Komen Greater PA is thrilled to announce an exciting new fundraising event at the Longue Vue Club and Golf Course in Pittsburgh. The Swing for the Cure Golf Classic will feature a four-person scramble, fun contests and challenges for individuals and teams, raffles, and a post-event recognition and Thank You "Par-tee!" Stay tuned for more information.

29th Annual Northeastern PA Race for the Cure | September 21, 2019. One of the area's most popular fall traditions will continue as the NEPA Race celebrates its 29th year! More information and registration to come!

 

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