15 Years. 15 Faces. And over 15,000 Race participants in this year’s SGK Race for the Cure in Southeast Wisconsin. Hope swept through the scenic Milwaukee lakefront for hours as we celebrated survivors, commemorated those who have died, and raced to find a cure for our future generations.
Our Executive Director and survivor of breast cancer, Nikki Panico, led a cheer in celebration of our survivors; these champions stood on a pink decorated bridge above the volunteers and participants as everyone applauded in celebration of their strength and inspiration. Marquette University’s male a cappella group, The Naturals, sang the National Anthem to kick-off the 9:15 a.m. Race start.
Our New Balance Honorary Co-Chair, Julie Karpinski, who was diagnosed at the age of 33 and recently relapsed, and her family led the race and were followed by 15,180 participants of the 5k race or 1 mile walk. Kiss FM Radio was cheering on the runners at the 5k finish line and yelled out as the first group of runners came in “for everything others go through with breast cancer, the least we can do is run a little!” Milwaukee fireman stood at the finish line and handed out bouquets of flowers to survivors completing the race.
There was amazing support from all of our sponsors throughout Race Day, especially Kohl’s, Steinhafels, Columbia Saint Mary’s, Gruber Law Offices, and Chase Bank. From the decorated finish lines, to the Survivor Tent, Kohl’s Conversations for the Cure, and Steinhafels photo booth, participants stayed active for hours after the race. It was beautiful day at the lakefront to be surrounded by love and support from all ages – even the children participating in the Kohl’s Kids for the Cure program. The Teams were a huge success factor as they brought it thousands of participants, great attitudes, and huge financial support to our mission.
75% of the funds we raised will go directly back into the Southeast Wisconsin community to address community breast health needs, provide local screenings, treatment, education and support programs, pay for transportation, prescription assistance, child care, wigs, and so much more. The other 25% will go towards Susan G. Komen’s national research efforts to find a CURE.
Thank you for your support throughout this Race season. Susan G. Komen is dedicated to supporting those affected by breast cancer and we cannot do it without you.