Lincoln, El Centro grants pay for Komen race participants

Jun. 02, 2014 @ 06:11 PM

Lincoln Community Health Center and El Centro Hispano in Durham have received grants from Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast.

The $500 grants will pay for travel expenses and registration for participants in the June 14 Komen Race for the Cure in Raleigh.

More than 250 breast cancer survivors and their caregivers from seven North Carolina counties and eight organizations will join thousands of other participants across the state in the annual race.

Survivors are attending the race thanks to $4,000 in grants from the Komen organization.

The Passing the Promise grant was developed in 1997 in memory of Jeanne Peck, founder of the Komen Triangle Race for the Cure. The goal is to enable survivors and co-survivors to attend the race regardless of where they live or ability to pay registration fees.

On race day, survivors have a special breakfast beginning at 6:45 a.m. and a survivor tribute where people walk together according to the number of years since they were diagnosed. New this year is a survivor-only photo booth.

The Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast affiliate serves 29 counties in central and eastern North Carolina, holding two annual Race for the Cure events in Raleigh (June 14) and Wilmington (March 7, 2015).

Since its first race in 1997, nearly $15 million has been raised and used locally for breast cancer research, education, advocacy, health services and social programs.