Charlotte, NC, September 28, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Business telephone system provider TelWare joins Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure as the community comes together in Uptown Charlotte to fight against breast cancer.
The 17th Annual Race for the Cure returns to Charlotte’s Marshall Park on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The event features a 5K timed race, 5K non-competitive run/walk, one-mile route, 50-yard kids’ dash, race expo, survivor’s tent, exhibits and more.
"Breast cancer awareness took on a whole new meaning for us this year," said Scott Clontz, Vice President of Operations at TelWare. "A member of our TelWare family was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. We’re a close-knit group, so when something happens to one of us, it affects all of us."
Team TelWare, comprised of co-workers, family and friends, has accepted the challenge to raise funds to support the Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure. TelWare has already raised 95% of their $6,000 goal but hopes to surpass their target and raised additional funds for Komen Charlotte.
"Together, we are funding and supporting the search for a cure. We are committed to the communities we serve and will not stop until this disease is gone forever," said Clontz.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure was founded in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer at 36. Nancy promised Suzy she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. Since then, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has expanded to include 122 Affiliates in the U.S. and three international Affiliates (Italy, Germany and Puerto Rico).
It has funded $1.9 billion in community health and breast cancer research grants. In 1982, the five-year survival rate for early-stage breast cancer was 74%. Now it’s 99%.
In 1996, Charlotte activist Penelope Wilson envisioned bringing the Komen Race for the Cure to Charlotte. The first Charlotte race was held in 1997 at the Mint Museum. In 1999, the Komen Charlotte Affiliate was officially established and the Race for the Cure was moved to Uptown Charlotte. Since then, Komen Charlotte has awarded $2.4 million in community health grants and continues to host education programs and events to raise awareness and support for the fight against breast cancer.
Race for the Cure is Komen Charlotte’s largest awareness and fundraising event of the year, with 75% of every dollar used to fund community health grants in the 13-county, greater Charlotte area. The remaining 25% is used to support national cancer research grants, including research underway at universities in North Carolina.
To join Team TelWare or donate to the fight against breast cancer, visit their official Race for the Cure team page. To learn more information on TelWare’s community involvement, contact Mike Canipe with TelWare at 704-598-4700.