Susan G. Komen Chicago To Host Mother's Day Race For The Cure Honoring Former
First Lady Maggie C. Daley
Local Affiliate to continue the tradition of a Mother's Day Race honoring
women who have battled breast cancer and raising funds to support mission to
end breast cancer forever
CHICAGO, Dec. 19, 2012
CHICAGO, Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On Mother's Day, May 12, 2013,
thousands will gather for the Susan G. Komen Chicagoland Race for the Cure® in
Grant Park. The event will honor those who have battled breast cancer and
further the mission of the Chicagoland Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for
the Cure® -- to save lives and end breast cancer forever. The Daley family
will serve as Honorary Chairs of the race, celebrating the life of Chicago's
former First Lady Maggie C. Daley, and the passion and energy she displayed as
a Mom and breast cancer fighter.
"My wife is a breast cancer survivor, and I have been privileged to walk
beside her at many Race for the Cure events. With the very special occasion
of Mother's Day, we expect participation to grow as the Chicagoland Race for
the Cure becomes a destination for families and friends who plan weekend
getaways to our great city for the many attractions it has to offer, and in
support of a great cause," said Richard Biller, President of the Board of
Directors of Komen Chicago.
Money raised by the Komen Chicagoland Race for the Cure funds breast health
education, breast cancer screening, treatment, treatment support and patient
navigation services to uninsured and underinsured women in need. Seventy-five
percent (75%) of net proceeds generated by the Chicago Affiliate are used to
support these life-saving efforts in the Chicagoland community, while the
remaining twenty-five percent (25%) of net funds raised support global
research. In 2012, Komen Chicago granted over $1.5 million to 17 community
organizations, and in total has awarded over $12 million towards the fight
against breast cancer in the Chicagoland service area.
"We are deeply touched by this Mother's Day event honoring Maggie and all of
those who are affected by this disease," said former City of Chicago Mayor
Richard M. Daley. "My family believes that it takes a strong network of
individuals to help navigate the path for survivors and co-survivors and we
know that Komen Chicago is making an impact right here in our communities."
The Daley family has been a leader in breast cancer advocacy in Chicago since
Maggie Daley was diagnosed more than 11 years ago and throughout her graceful
fight. Among their many contributions is the Maggie Daley Center for Women's
Cancer Care at Northwestern Memorial's Prentice Women's Hospital, named in
honor of Daley and her family for their commitment to helping advance breast
cancer clinical care, education and research.
In partnership with the Chicago Park District, this special race day will
continue as a time-honored tradition for families who join together to make a
powerful impact. The Komen Chicagoland Race for the Cure will begin and end
in Grant Park at Butler Field, with courses along Chicago's beautiful
lakefront and city streets. Major local sponsors returning to support Komen
Chicago include Walgreens, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Kraft Foods,
PepsiCo, Thorntons and Smart Technology.
Registration for the Mother's Day walk/run will open early January, 2013.
Walkers/runners can participate as an individual or as part of a team. For
more information, to sign up or volunteer for the race, visit
About the Chicagoland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
The Chicagoland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® was established in
1997 and held the first Susan G. Komen Chicago Race for the Cure®. The
Chicagoland affiliate is one of only two affiliates that operate two Race for
the Cure® events and has awarded over $12 million towards the fight against
breast cancer by funding grassroots breast health navigation, breast cancer
screening and treatment projects, as well as global research. Seventy-five
percent (75%) of net proceeds generated by the Komen Chicagoland Affiliate
stay in the metropolitan area while the remaining twenty-five percent (25%)
supports the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Grants Program for research. In
April 2011, Komen Chicago was awarded the Affiliate of the Year by Susan G.
Komen for the Cure®. For more information please call 773-444-0061 or visit
SOURCE Chicagoland Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Contact: Kimberly Eberl, Motion PR, +1-312-670-8947, Kimberly@motionpr.net
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