(pictured: Bloomington-Normal Race for the Cure Honorary Chair Mia Smith)
The goal for this year's third annual Bloomington-Normal Susan G. Komen Memorial Race for the Cure has been set. Organizers hope to bring in $200,000 from 3,000 participants and 125 teams taking part in the September 14th event at State Farm Corporate South. This year's honorary race chair is IWU women's basketball coach Mia Smith, herself a breast cancer survivor. She says her team is excited to help such a worthy cause.
"The word growth normally comes up in a lot of our family discussions, mostly surrounded by hair growth. But it is my goal, my team and that of my staff at IWU that we would really hope to grow the Susan G. Komen race in Bloomington-Normal."
Last year's race drew about 2,400 participants but Komen officials say the NCHS school shooting the day before impacted registration figures, and poor weather the day of the race was also a factor.
Susan G. Komen officials are announcing more than a half-million dollars in grant funding for breast health awareness, education and screening. Nearly $100,000 of that is going to Bloomington-Normal organizations. The Community Cancer Center is receiving $28,000 with more than $50,000 going to health departments in McLean, Champaign and Livingston Counties that provide screening mammograms to low-income, minority and women in rural areas.
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