About the Mother's Day Breast Cancer Walk in Philadelphia

By Rhonda Campbell

  • Overview

    Residents in the City of Brotherly Love are taking assertive steps to walk, run and work for a cure to breast cancer. This event is sponsored by Susan G. Komen Foundation, a foundation started in 1982 in honor of Susan G. Komen, who spent years not only battling personal breast cancer but also working to help others challenged by the disease. Susan's sister, Nancy Brinker, started the foundation after Susan transitioned. To date, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has raised $1 billion toward the end of breast cancer. The Mother's Day Event in Philadelphia kicks off on May 10, 2009, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
    About the Mother's Day Breast Cancer Walk in Philadelphia
    About the Mother's Day Breast Cancer Walk in Philadelphia
  • History

    The first Mother's Day Breast Cancer Race was held in Philadelphia in 1990. In 2007 more than 40,000 people participated in the race. The event raised $3.5 million dollars in 2007. Local companies, residents and schools participate and raise funds for the event that supports people with breast cancer and their families who live in the Philadelphia area. The race is 5 K, or 3.1 miles. Participants start and finish the race with their families and friends, making it a community event.
  • Purpose

    According to Philadelphia's Susan G. Komen Foundation affiliate branch, in 2008 nearly 9,000 women living in Pennsylvania were anticipated to be diagnosed with breast cancer, and nearly 2,000 were anticipated to die from the disease. A goal of the affiliate is to work to pass legislation that pays for funding the Pennsylvania Healthy Woman Program and "expanding coverage of the program to include digital mammograms." More so, as noted at the program's website, the Philadelphia affiliate believes that the state legislature "will ensure that more women, including those most disproportionately affected by breast cancer, will receive early detection and treatment services that can save their lives."


  • Events

    Several events lead up to the Mother's Day Breast Cancer Race in Philadelphia. In 2009, these events include the Spring P.I.N. Stripes Young Professionals Event on April 1 at the Union Trust Steakhouse and a Survivor's Luncheon on April 26 at the Philadelphia Marriott in downtown Philadelphia.
  • Time Frame

    You can register online for the Mother's Day Race (see Resources), or you can mail forms to the affiliate from February 1 through March 31. In-person registration is held in May, the same time racers can pick up their race packets. The actual event is on Mother's Day. It begins at Eakins Oval, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th & Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Opening ceremonies start at 6:30 a.m. The race starts at 8:15 a.m.
  • Benefits

    The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mother's Day Breast Cancer Race for a Cure raises funds to help persons challenged with breast cancer by offering them support, special events and information. Monies raised at the event also help the affiliate work to pass legislation that will allow women throughout Pennsylvania to get a digital mammogram and increase early detection.
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