Message from our Founder
As I look back over the last 30 years since I founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure, I am amazed at our accomplishments. What began as a promise to my dying sister, Susan G. Komen, has evolved...
The first Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure® was held on October 13, 1991 and was only open to women. Twenty-five hundred women participated in the first year. Komen Greater NYC distributed pink ribbons to every breast cancer survivor and participant, the first time the ribbon had been associated with the disease. That year, the pink ribbon became the symbol for breast cancer awareness.
The Race has grown steadily since then, reaching a record of nearly 33,000 participants in 1999 and a fundraising record of $5.99 million in 2011 with more than 21,000 participants. The event continues to be one of the largest in New York City and one of the most successful Races in the Komen series. If you would like to read more about the history of the Komen Greater NYC Race, click here.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created.
The series of 5k runs and fitness walks raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship, and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Since it started in 1983, the Komen Race for the Cure Series has grown from one Race with 800 people in Dallas to a global series of more than 140 Races with 1.6 million people participating on four continents.
The Komen Race Series welcomes people of all ages and fitness levels, from walkers to elite runners.
The annual 2010 Survivor photo taken on the steps of the Bethesda Fountain, Central Park. © 2010 Mark Jason Photography