KOMEN ASPEN KICKS OFF 18TH KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE
WITH MULTITUDE OF SIDE FUNDRAISING EVENTS
Election Year Introduces I Vote for the Cure™
ASPEN, Colo. – The Aspen Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will benefit from a multitude of local, side fundraising events as part of its week-long 18th annual Komen Aspen Race for the Cure celebration.
2008 Komen Aspen Race for the Cure®, Saturday, July 19th
The Komen Aspen Race for the Cure® 5K co-ed, run/fitness walk will begin and end at Rio Grande Park, Saturday, July 19, 2008, starting at 8:30am. Register now through July 17th: online at www.komenaspen.org for $30, via the paper registration form for $35 or the day of the event for $40. Registration includes an official 2008 Race T-shirt. Other activities at the park include a one-mile PAWS For The Cure™ dog walk and Family Fun Walk, and the free Komen Kids 100 yard Dash Fun Run for kids under 12 and under with a great silent auction, awards, prizes, music, sponsors product sampling, and more.
Walk-up registration is available starting Monday, July 14 at the following locations:
Aspen Sports, 408 E. Cooper, July 14–18, 9:30am–6pm; City Market, El Jebel, July 16-
18, 12pm–5pm; and City Market, Glenwood Springs, July 16 – 18, 12pm – 5pm. In the
Vail Valley, Rifle, Grand Junction area, registration forms can be picked up at Shaw
Regional Cancer Center, City Market and Big O Tires.
This year, KoMEN for the Cure, a group of male breast cancer supporters, will distribute prizes from the main stage throughout the morning in a fun, energetic and comical way. The overall first place finishers in the women’s and men’s divisions will be awarded roundtrip air transportation on American Airlines or American Eagle to any destination n the contiguous United States.
Tough Enough to Wear Pink™ Rodeo
A fun way to honor and celebrate survivors this year will be a BBQ reception at a “pink rodeo” two days before the Race with ten percent of the gate donated to Komen Aspen. Komen Aspen has again partnered in 2008 with the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo and Wrangler’s “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” series to hold a special survivor event on Thursday, July 17th at the Gus Darien Riding Arena in Carbondale. The 6:30pm reception for all valley survivors and their families will include food, drink, and pink bandanas. The public is welcome, and pink attire is encouraged. For more information or to RSVP by July 10th, call the Race Hotline: 970-920-0259.
PAWS for the Cure™
The fifth annual Komen Aspen PAWS for the Cure™, a moderate one-mile dog walk long the Rio Grande Trail, will be held on Saturday, July 19th and start at 9:30am from Rio Grande Park. Registration fee is $30 for one dog and $40 for two dogs, and includes doggie bags from Aspen Wags to Riches for our four-legged friends, and an event T-shirt for their owners. Individuals and breed-teams are invited to participate, leashes are required, and strollers or baby-joggers are welcome.
Other “For the Cure” Events
In addition to PAWS, other events this year include: Sleep In for the Cure, a great silent auction, the continuation of the “I Am the Cure™” activist program, and other special events. Sleep In for the Cure®, sponsored by Bedding Down Mattress in Basalt, is for supporters who would rather “snooze than cruise” with a registration fee of $35 that includes a sleep shirt, and the opportunity to win a queen-sized Rainforest organic queen pillowtop mattress (manufactured by Sky and Land) raffle item valued at $2,399.
Other raffle items include a Susan G. Komen “Promise Felt Cruiser” white bike with pink ribbons, valued at $540 and donated by the Gear Exchange in Glenwood Springs. Raffle tickets are $10 and $20, and available by calling the Race Hotline: 970-920-0250.
A “Pink Party” will be held on the evening of Saturday, July 12 at Phat Thai in Carbondale with a percentage of the door cover donated to Komen Aspen. Featuring fun pink drinks and a DJ, feather boas are strongly encouraged, and “Save the Boobs” T-shirts will be available. For more information, contact 2008 Race Chair Leann Katchuk, 309-3263.
On Tuesday, July 15, 4-6pm at the Wine Spot in the Grand Hyatt, Dr. W. Jason Martin, Aspen Institute of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery and Dr. Carolyn Kaelin, Harvard Medical School surgeon, author and breast cancer survivor will host a book signing and informal discussion, “Breast Cancer Surgery and Breast Reconstruction.”
On Wednesday, July 16, Ralph Lauren, 501 East Cooper Avenue, will host a Shop for the Cure™ cocktail reception, 6-8pm. To RSVP, call 970-925-5147. In addition, on Wednesday & Thursday, July 16-17, Dr. Martin and Aspen Institute of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery will donate one hundred percent of the proceeds from all clinic Botox treatments to Komen Aspen, 9am-5pm, a $500 value. Call 970-544-0500 to make an appointment.
Open to the general public, the silent auction includes many items from local and regional retailers and service-industry businesses and includes designer clothing, accessories and fine jewelry, sports and fitness certificates and items, luxurious spa treatments and products, and dinners at the best restaurants from Aspen to Glenwood Springs.
Members of the Aspen Junior Golf Foundation are holding “Pink Shirt Monday” fundraising contests to benefit Komen Aspen at the Aspen Golf Course through Labor Day. On Monday, July 21, they will hold a Golf-a-Thon, playing at least three full rounds from 6am to 9pm. For more information or to pledge per hole, call: 970-379-9828.
“We’re very pleased to announce we will continue the activist program called ‘I Am the Cure’ to help support runners and walkers along the Race route. It’s open to people of all ages who aren’t necessarily interested in running or walking, but who would like to help in another way,” said Leann Katchuk, 2008 Komen Aspen Race chair.
Cure Leader workshops will be held at Dance Progressions, 403 AABC on Wednesday, July 16th from 6-9pm. For more information, call Heather Starr-Kallas at 544-9771. All Cure Leaders will receive a T-shirt and the use of megaphones, pennants, hand fans, and other supplies to help cheer on Race participants. There will also be an “I Am the Cure” education tent at Rio Grande Park on Race day.
More than 90 percent of voters want the federal government to pay more attention to breast cancer research, screening, and early detection and access to quality care for all. Therefore, Komen Aspen is challenging presidential candidates this election season to address three achievable goals that will save lives and help end breast cancer forever:
Increase research investment, fund the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection program, and ensure quality treatment. A voter registration booth will be available at this year’s Race for the Cure event. For more information, visit:
Breast Cancer Survivors
“Breast Cancer survivors who wish to be recognized at the Aspen Komen Race for the Cure® will receive a complimentary pink cap and pink T-shirt. In addition, ‘In Memory Of’ and ‘In Celebration’ back bibs are available for Race participants who would like to recognize special people who have been touched by breast cancer. This is an emotionally powerful way to honor the men and women who have either pioneered their recovery or lost their battle to the disease,” said Jan Sarpa, 2008 Honorary Survivor Chair. More information about the Breast Cancer Survivor Recognition Program, co-sponsored nationally by Zeta Tau Alpha women’s fraternity and Re/Max, is available by calling the Race Hotline: 970-920-0250.
Cheer Banners, Teams & Bus for the Cure
“Another way to participate, if you’re part of a business, is to either purchase a Cheer Banner to be placed at the beginning or end of the 5K Race route, or to put together a team of your employees or work-mates. Groups of 5 or more are definitely encouraged to register as a team,” said MJ Wolfe Faas, Komen Aspen development director. More information about the tax deductible Cheer Banners or team registration is available by calling the Race Hotline: 970-920-0250.
Komen Aspen has partnered with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) to create a Bus for the Cure program that will offer free bus fare to down valley Race participants who show either their on-line registration receipt or Race bib to the bus driver. Save gas, skip traffic and parking fees and Bus for the Cure compliments of RFTA. For more information, call the Race Hotline: 970-920-0250.
Benefits to the Roaring Fork Valley
The Aspen Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is very pleased that -- because of its generous supporters and volunteers -- it raised $737,000 net cash from its two signature fundraising events in 2007. The 17th annual Komen Aspen Race for the Cure® held in July netted about $176,000, up $31,000 from 2006. The 4th annual Komen Aspen/Snowmass Ride for the Cure® held in September netted $561,000.
What does this mean for the community? “It means 75 percent of total netted income from all fundraising efforts stays here in our tri-county service area to fund grants that help underserved or uninsured women with the education and mammograms they need to end breast cancer forever. The remaining 25 percent funds the national Komen for the Cure Research & Awards Program which is vital in the discovery of new treatments, and in finding a cure for breast cancer,” said Claudia Curry Hill, Komen Aspen executive director.
Breast Cancer Facts 2008
One in eight American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2008 alone, an estimated 40,930 women and men will die in the U.S. from breast cancer. The good news is that Susan G. Komen for the Cure estimates that there are more than 2.4 million breast cancer survivors today.
The survival rate for women with localized breast cancer (cancer that has not spread to lymph nodes or other locations outside the breast) has increased from seventy-five percent in 1981 to ninety-eight percent today.
For the past two years, the breast cancer death rate has dropped about 2 percent annually in all women combined, with even larger decreases in women younger than 50. The decline is attributed to earlier detection through screening, increased awareness, and improved treatment.
About Komen Aspen
During the last 18 years, the Aspen Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has granted over $4 million dollars to fund a variety of necessary local breast cancer programs in its service area in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties from the 1-70 corridor in Silt to Vail, Colo., as well as the Roaring Fork Valley. It is one of the largest medical grant-making organizations in its service area.
Komen Aspen is a trusted local resource for women living with breast cancer, and encourages all women to be familiar with their own bodies and report any changes in their breasts to their health care provider right away. Younger women should have clinical breast exams (CBE) by a health care provider at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year after 40. Women under the age of 40 with a family history of breast cancer or other concerns should talk with a health care provider as screening tests may be needed more often and/or started earlier. It is also important that all women know their family medical history, understand their personal risk for breast cancer and make healthy lifestyle choices that may reduce their risk of breast cancer.
The 2008 national Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure? series is presented by Yoplait and sponsored by American Airlines, Coldwater Creek, Energizer, Ford Motor Co., Fuse, New Balance, and Quilted Northern. Local and regional sponsors include: presenting sponsor City Market, Plum TV Aspen, Shaw Regional Cancer Center, Aspen Club & Spa, Aspen Times, KUUR, Comcast Spotlight, Promotional Concepts, Aspen Valley Hospital, Valley View Hospital, Glenwood Springs Ford, Rocky Mountain Ford Stores, Remede Spa, Aspen Sports, Vectra Bank, WIN Institute, Aspen Daily News, KSPN, KREX-TV, GrassRoots TV12, Her Sports, Rocky Mountain Sports, Cure, KAJX, KSNO, Fiji Water, Aspen Wags to Riches, Healthy Planet, Local Spirits, Gran Farnum Printing, The Gant, Aspen Sojourner, Grand River Hospital District, Olde Towne Moving & Storage, Ann Hodges and David Meeker & Specialized Protective Services. Komen Aspen invites all Race participants to visit the Goody Tent where many products, samples and educational materials from our sponsors will be available.
The national Komen Race for the Cure series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event to support the breast cancer movement. For more information about the 18th annual Komen Aspen Race for the Cure? events, I Am the Cure™ or I Vote for the Cure™ campaigns, or to volunteer, please call the Race Hotline:
970-920-0250, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit: www.komenaspen.org.