This year marks the 22nd annual race, whose mission is to save lives and end breast cancer.
Funds raised by the South Florida affiliate provide grants for diagnostic tests beyond mammograms and treatment and monies are disseminated to local hospitals.
"We raise funds in the community and then turn around and use these monies back in the community," said executive director Penny Westberry. "We fill the gaps and resources for the uninsured and have available grants to refer them to right resources."
She said that demand is growing for the life-saving breast health services that Komen funds.
"At the Komen South Florida Affiliate, we encourage our local community to make an impact through volunteering, attending an event, fundraising or donating," Westberry said. "There are many ways to give back - all you have to do is start with one."
This year the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has awarded more than $1,300,758 to 21 grantees.
Hospitals that have received grant monies from Komen include: Jupiter and Lakeside medical centers, Martin Memorial Hospital, Bethesda Women's Health Center and Boca Regional Hospital Women's Health Center for Breast Care.
Although the incidence of breast cancer varies by race, ethnicity and specific population groups, it is estimated that this year more than 39,000 women will die from breast cancer as will 400 men.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show uninsured patients disproportionately die from breast cancer.
The Komen Foundation is proud of the fact they provide services for uninsured and underinsured women and this year's goal is to enroll 20,000 participants and raise $2 million for research, education, screening and treatment programs.
"First, call our office. We have grants for diagnostic tests beyond mammograms and treatment," Westberry said. "We want people to know we are here as a resource. Don't navigate the system yourself. We can help you."
Margaret Oathout, 77, of Jamaica Bay, was a team captain and had a team for 11 years. In 2010, the former math teacher from upstate New York was a Warrior in Pink.
"I was diagnosed in 1997 and was fortunate to catch it early on a routine mammogram," she said. "I had a lumpectomy, and a precautionary axillary dissection to remove the nodes under my arm. I was very lucky that the cancer was contained. In 1999, when my husband, Joe, and I relocated to Florida, I hooked up with Komen."
Likewise, Ramona Young, 72, a retired criminal investigator for the public defender's office in New Jersey who now lives in Boynton Beach, is a 15-year breast cancer survivor and an 10-year advocate for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Young educates men and women about breast cancer at health fairs and speaks at local communities, including Quail Ridge, Woodfield and the St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Boynton, where she is a member.
Very active and not reticent about sharing her experience, Young said, "I am like cow manure – all over the place."
In 2012 Young was a Warrior in Pink and this year will captain the Wellington Mall team and organize a team from her church.
"This year I will be 73. There are no bad days. All days are good days. Some are better than others but I'm grateful to be here and grateful to have health insurance," she said.
An issue for many women, President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, seeks to address this concern. The act entitles women 40 and older to preventive health services, including free mammograms every one to two years as well as cervical cancer screenings.
"My philosophy is to live, be happy and give where I can," Young said. "If I were rich, I'd give money, but I'm not, so I give of my time and energy."
Also giving of her time and energy is Sheryl Sulkin, 45, a fundraiser for the Diabetes Research Institute, and a team captain for Komen for the past five years.
She walks every year on the team Nancy is a Winner, on behalf of her mother, Nancy Winner Sulkin, 72, a six-year survivor.
"My mom is an inspiration. She is one of the most positive people I know," Sulkin said. "Every year we get 50 family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances who fly in from Chicago and Boston. It's our thing. It's a wonderful day. My mom smiles the whole day. We start fundraising in October and get donations through the walk date and past."
Sulkin said her mother's biggest fear was being diagnosed with breast cancer because at age 5 she lost her mother to breast cancer.
"At 66, she went for a routine mammogram and they found a lump. She had a lumpectomy and radiation and was very lucky," Sulkin said. "She credits Oprah for her recovery. She loves Oprah and right before she celebrated five years in remission, we sent her to the Oprah show. It took me one year to get tickets for her and my dad. She always says that aside from giving birth to me and my sister, it was the best day of her life."
Sulkin's team, Nancy is a Winner, typically raises $10,000.
As a professional fundraiser, Sulkin said, "We all know research takes money. I will do whatever it takes to raise money. When it's your own mother, you will stop at nothing."
She sums up everybody's wish: "The best year would be the year we don't have to do a walk. That would be a dream come true."
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