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Over 9,000 People Come Together to Celebrate the Komen Puget Sound’s 20th Annual Race for the Cure®

(June 2, 2013)  SEATTLE – Approximately 9,000 people came together at the 20th Annual Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure to walk, run, celebrate and raise critical funds to fight breast cancer.

“We are so grateful for everyone who joined us at the Race for the Cure to support women in our community,” says Cheryl Shaw, Komen Puget Sound Executive Director. “By running or walking, the steps taken today will bring us closer to a future free of breast cancer.”

Participating in this morning’s festivities were several area leaders and celebrities, including Former Governor Christine Gregoire. Governor Gregoire participated in this year’s Race for the Cure as a breast cancer survivor and also in honor of Eva Santos. Santos, Washington State’s former Head of Personnel, lost her battle with breast cancer last year. Gregoire walked with her team, Eva’s Friends, which included members of her cabinet.

“Making sure we are going to find a way to prevent breast cancer is what Komen is all about,” says Governor Christine Gregoire. “And if we can’t prevent breast cancer, we are going to find a way to cure it. We are making progress every day.”

The race also provided roughly 800 breast cancer survivors with an opportunity to come together as a supportive community and be a part of a festival of life. The Race day ended with on a high note with an inspiring parade of survivors led by KIRO News Anchor Michelle Millman and Komen Puget Sound Executive Director Cheryl Shaw, both breast cancer survivors.

Learn more about the Race for the Cure.

Komen Puget Sound Celebrates 20 Years Serving Our Community

The Puget Sound Affiliate was established in 1993 and is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Over the past 20 years, the Affiliate has invested nearly $25 million to fund local breast health education, screening and treatment support in Western Washington and for research to find the cures for breast cancer. The Puget Sound Affiliate has grown to become the 5th largest Komen Affiliates out of a network of 120 across the country. It focuses its efforts on saving lives by funding education and early detection, as well as patient assistance and patient navigation in 16 counties in Western Washington. To learn more about Komen Puget Sound, please go to www.komenpugetsound.org. Follow us on Twitter (@KomenPugetSound) or Facebook (facebook.com/KomenPugetSound)