By Megan Davis, University Relations Intern

It’s time to put on your running shoes and “Race for the Cure” to eliminate breast cancer.

On Sunday, September 30, beginning at 11 am, walkers and runners will gather at UTC McKenzie Arena as the Susan G. Komen’s Chattanooga Affiliate presents the 13th Annual Race for the Cure.

Participants can sign up on September 30 or register online.

All funds from the race go to research, education, screening, and treatment programs for breast cancer.

The Komen Chattanooga Affiliate funnels donations from the race into the community. Since its inception, Komen Chattanooga has funded: 45, 888 pieces of educational material; 23,040 mammograms and diagnostic screenings; 1,918 instances of financial and supportive services. Financial support led to the detection of 239 breast cancers. Komen Chattanooga has also sent $1.2 million to National research grants to find a cure for breast cancer.

This organization would like to continue the fight against breast cancer, but this is only possible through donations.

“If you want to make a positive impact in your community, [donating] is the way to make a big difference,” Jennifer Matthew, Affiliate Coordinator of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Chattanooga Affiliate, said. “Seventy-five cents out of every dollar stay in the Greater Chattanooga community. Komen Chattanooga serves 16 counties in the East Tennessee and Northwest Georgia areas.”

People who are interested in volunteering can click here for more information.

The day of the race the following streets will be closed:

Mabel Street starting at 4th Street

East 5th Street from Mabel/Douglas to Palmetto

Palmetto from East 4th Street to McCallie Avenue

Vine Street from Lindsay to Clark Street

Oak Street from Clark Street to top of Cardiac Hill

McCallie Avenue from Palmetto to Houston

East 5th Street from Lindsay Street to Houston

For a map of the race route, click here.

Media Relations Contacts: Email Shawn Ryan or call (423) 425-4363.
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