Why We Fundraise

Why do we fundraise for breast cancer cures?

  • Because 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Because every 19 seconds, somewhere in the world, a case of breast cancer is diagnosed in a woman.
  • Because every 60 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer; every 13 minutes, one woman in the U.S. will lose her life to breast cancer.
  • Because breast cancer knows no boundaries. It affects people of every age, gender, socio-economic status and location.
  • Because at the current rate, 13 million breast cancer deaths will occur around the world in the next 25 years.

And these statistics hit close to home

  • This year in Wisconsin over 4700 individuals will be diagnosed and over 790 will die from breast cancer.

We know breast cancer knows no boundaries. It affects people of every age, gender, socio-economic status and location. BUT barriers to breast cancer services make the burden of breast cancer fall heavier on those who have low incomes, are under or un-insured, or have cultural challenges to health care. In fact, nearly 40% of breast cancer deaths could be prevented simply by making sure everyone has equitable access to affordable, local, and culturally appropriate breast health services.

YOUR FUNDRAISING IS ESSENTIAL to supporting local breast cancer programs that provide screenings, diagnostic tests and access to treatment for those otherwise unable to find or afford these services.

YOUR FUNDRAISING IS VITAL to supporting cutting edge research that is developing more accurate screenings, finding effective treatments, and working hard to find the cures that will provide hope to everyone.

YOUR FUNDRAISING IS A COMMITMENT TO ACTION A commitment to Komen’s mission to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

Why We Fundraise


Will You Take Action?

If you are already a Race for the Cure Fundraiser, thank you!

If not, can you make Fundraising part of your Race involvement this year?

Your fundraising has the power to make a HUGE impact.

Registering for the Race for the Cure is a great start! If you have been to the Race before, you know how incredible Race Day is and have been part of powerful movement of thousands of people gathering together to fight breast cancer. (If this is your first Race year, we promise you are in for a great experience!)

BUT… while registration is great, FUNDRAISING is the key to making an impact.

Last year’s Race for the Cure helped support local programs with nearly one million dollars in funding. While this is amazing, the need for local programs and resources far exceeds the funds available. Last year’s requests for program funding were significantly greater than the money Komen Wisconsin was able to provide.

How can you make a Difference?

If each participant in the Race for the Cure makes an effort to FUNDRAISE just $30 (the same as your registration) an additional $300,000 would be raised. That’s the equivalent of providing 1900 more mammograms!

AND if each registered participant raised $100 (that’s just $10 each from 10 friends!) together you would raise an additional $1,000,000! Imagine the difference that would make!!

Can you make a commitment to fundraising this year?

Every dollar makes an incredible difference and together you and your fellow Race participants can truly make an impact on the fight against breast cancer.

The 2017 Race for the Cure is your opportunity to turn your support for the breast cancer movement into action. Become a Race Fundraiser, show that you are More Than Pink™, and help end breast cancer forever.

Become a Race Fundraiser, show that you are More Than Pink, and help end breast cancer forever.

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Event Day Information

2017 Komen Southeast Wisconsin Race for the CureŽ

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Milwaukee Lakefront

600 North Harbor Drive

Milwaukee , WI 53202

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