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Dear Cherished Race Participants and Supporters,
Early on in our 2017 Race for the Cure season, I was working on customizing opportunities for several sponsors when someone popped into my office and said, “Elaine, why don’t you make things a little easier on yourself and just send out the same thing to everyone?”
While I appreciated this person’s thoughtfulness, I didn’t have to think twice about my response, “Because no one who ever supported the Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure did so with an eye to making it easy for themselves.” The same holds true for everyone contributing to our 2017 Race. From our hundreds of volunteers, our sponsors, grantees and special contributors, to every registrant, fundraiser, team captain, team member and donor... the spirit in each and every heart had nothing to do with “just getting by”, and everything to do with putting everything they could behind our fight. I spoke to hundreds of activists during this Race season, and all of them approached their involvement with the goal to do even more to assure our success.
Words cannot adequately express my gratitude for this attitude possessed our Race community. Nor are there words sufficiently powerful enough to convey my thanks for everyone’s generosity, conviction in our mission, and loyalty to Susan G. Komen Philadelphia. With every dollar raised—whether by an individual, team or sponsor—I see three things: love, hard work and determination to beat breast cancer. There is no value that can be placed on these attributes, especially when 40,000 lives every year depend on the work we do together.
I DO believe in Komen Philadelphia’s local bold goal to reduce the number of late-stage diagnoses in our community by 10% by the year 2021. I DO believe in Komen’s national bold goal to reduce breast cancer deaths by 50% by 2026. I DO believe because of the incredible ways all of you came together in support of our Race for the Cure!
So, from the bottom of my heart, I thank each and every one of you. Millions of people we serve depend on caring people like you to step off the easy route and instead take their breast cancer fight personally. And this Race season, you proved that you will not let them down!
None of the progress we’ve enjoyed in the fight against breast cancer comes from “doing a job.” Instead it comes from the above-and-beyond efforts you put forth on Race day, and every day. Because of you we are winning, and one day will win, this fight.
With my deepest appreciation,
Elaine I. Grobman
Chief Executive Officer
Susan G. Komen® Philadelphia