We Race Because…
But, when you participate and fundraise for the Race, we fight these statistics together. In 1980, the 5-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer (cancer confined to the breast) was about 74 percent. Today, that number is 99 percent! Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer - transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. This progress was made with your continued support and together we can reach our vision of a world without breast cancer.
Mindy LaBauve was all smiles when she completed her fourth round of chemotherapy. Mindy found love and strength from her family, but also an unexpected source of hope and encouragement with other breast cancer survivors.
She remembers her first encounter with Race for the Cure. "It was only days before my scheduled lumptectomy. I was overwhelmed when I got to the Survivors' Tent. There was so much love! I instantly knew that these people understood my strugle".
Wanting to share the same kind of support she receives from her "breast cancer sisters", Mindy now volunteers with Komen Baton Rouge. "It is so important that we help provide funding for breast health education for all and screening for those who are uninsured. Early detection is the key to saving lives!"