LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Susan G. Komen Kentucky is going virtual for October’s 25th-annual Race for the Cure event due to concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The nonprofit organization will combine its annual Lexington and Louisville races and host its virtual event on Oct. 3 for the entire state of Kentucky.
“Our mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough breast cancer research, and despite a setback this year with COVID-19 and not being able to have a big event in person, we want to keep our mission moving,” said Amy Pehlke, executive director of Susan G. Komen Kentucky. “Although our Race for the Cure will look a little different this year, we know funds from this event are crucial to helping provide financial relief to those fighting the disease. We want Kentucky’s breast cancer patients and survivors to know we are still here to support and celebrate them during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”
The event begins with a virtual kickoff at 8:30 a.m. on Komen Kentucky’s Facebook page. Participants are encouraged to race at any time from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Komen Kentucky will also honor and award the top fundraising teams on their social media channels.
The local Affiliate hopes to raise $25,000 during this year’s virtual Kentucky Race for the Cure to benefit low-income breast cancer patients going through treatment with essential living expenses including transportation, lodging, co-payments, utilities, child care and food, as well as to fund Susan G. Komen global breast cancer research.
Registration for Race for the Cure is $20 for adults, which includes a T-shirt. Breast cancer survivors will also receive a medal and hat. Children under 18 are able to participate with an entry fee of $10.