EDITORIAL: Race for the Cure

Thousands of people have registered for the 13th annual Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at the Mall at Barnes Crossing in Tupelo.
The cause is breast cancer research for a cure, with hundreds of similar events worldwide during the year seeking the same goal.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation honors the memory of a woman who did not survive, started by a sister determined to advance the cause of finding a cure so that sisters and mothers and grandmothers and aunts and cousins and wives, over time could face breast cancer confident of survival and a strong quality of life.
This year’s race staged by the North Mississippi affiliate seeks to raise $35,000, and late Thursday 42 percent of the goal – $12,704 – had been secured.
Susan G. Komen for the Cureamp® has become a worldwide leader of the breast cancer movement, and has invested $1.5 billion for research and services since its beginning in 1982.
It is the largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, and the largest private-sector source of non-profit funds dedicated to research and to assistance for victims of breast cancer and their families.
It has made the color pink its brand, and during Breast Cancer Awareness Month everybody from Main Street bankers in pin stripes to professional rodeo bull riders in jeans and cowboy boots wear the color – a reminder that virtually everyone is affected by the disease, and unity is needed to find the cure.
The breast cancer research-and-cure cause is worldwide, like the Komen foundation’s work, and virtually every week news of encouraging research is reported.
In August, for example, researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, for the first time identified 12 genes that could be associated with aggressive breast tumors. Medical journals and other publications have reported that the discovery could result in more reliable prognoses and better treatment strategies for patients. Breast cancer research and trials also are conducted at North Mississippi Medical Center and at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.
Race registration online ends at noon today (http://www.facebook.com), and it’s also available at The Mall at Barnes Crossing (near JC Penney) through Saturday morning.
In-person registration is $20 today and $30 on Saturday, starting at 7 a.m.
Breast cancer becomes a possibility early in life and the incidence increases every year into old age.
Everyone has a stake in finding a cure. Saturday’s race keeps the cause’s profile raised high.

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