September 21, 2010 --
By Kelli Warner,
KMTR-TV Morning News anchor, Springfield
Eugene is about to experience a first.
Next month, on October 10th, the Susan G. Komen Foundation will hold its first Race for the Cure in Eugene, starting and ending at Autzen Stadium. As many of you may know, the only Race for the Cure in Oregon, until now, has been held in Portland. So for folks south of the Rose City, this is very exciting news.
Did you know that Oregon has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the country? The rate is even higher in Lane County. Nearly 34,000 women in Lane County do not have insurance, and according to the Komen Foundation, most of these women are putting off annual mammograms. Money raised through the Race for the Cure supports not only cancer research and support services for those going through treatment, but also it provides mammograms for women who can’t afford them. It’s been proven that regular screenings, including monthly self-exams, save lives.
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