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Komen needs volunteers, teams to support Race for the Cure

Annual fundraiser to offer rewards for top teams this year


Last updated 10/5/2018 at 12:01pm

Shane Gibson

Breast cancer survivors walk together in a survivors' parade at the start of a breast cancer survivor ceremony during the 2017 Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure event in Murrieta.

RIVERSIDE–Community members who want to fight breast cancer can do so by forming a team or volunteering for the Oct. 14 Race for the Cure, and it's easier and more enticing now than ever before to fundraise and incentive supporters for the event.

Team captains have online tools to help launch their effort, and a new fundraiser recognition program will provide rewards in the form of Susan G. Komen clothing, coffee mugs and other items. Volunteers also have access to a user-friendly Web site for their registration.

"We're thrilled to be able to offer so many online tools and opportunities for our volunteers, teams and sponsors this year," said Jill Eaton, executive director of Susan G. Komen IE. "We've simplified the process for people who want to get involved and support breast cancer patients in their community, and we encourage anyone who's interested to sign up now."

Fundraisers can kick off their campaign with a self-donation of $25 or more and receive a limited edition "I Am More Than Pink" commemorative medal in celebration of the 20th Annual Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure! Additional rewards are available for fundraising totals of $100 to $5,000.

The process starts with the team captain registering online and creating the team. The team chooses a name and determines whether the team will be made up of friends and family or is a corporate or school team. The captain then invites friends, coworkers and family to join, using email, Facebook and Twitter. The captain also can set up a team Web page complete with a team photo, fundraising goal and personal message.

Teams are encouraged to display event materials, such as brochures and posters, around their workplaces, gyms and other high-traffic areas. Teams also can post progress charts to highlight fundraising in and recruitment goals.

A host of resources are available online as part of the "Team Captain Toolkit," including posters, tips on how to use social media to fundraise, creative fundraising suggestions, a special Susan G. Komen app and paperwork.

Organizations interested in sponsoring the event also are encouraged to contact the affiliate office to learn more about opportunities. Additional information is available on the sponsorship brochure:

Sponsors include Bank of America, American Airlines, Ford, New Balance, Ralphs Food4Less,Chevron, Valley News, Abbott, Pechanga Resort Casino, Mulligan Family Fun Center, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Richardson's RV Centers Inc., The Press-Enterprise, iHeart Media, 99.1 KGGI, Fender and Southwest Healthcare System.

Volunteers also are needed and are encouraged to sign up online:

The race is set for Sunday, Oct. 14 at Town Square Park in Murrieta, marking the second year the Susan G. Komen Inland Empire affiliate will hold its race at that location.

Sign ups for race registrants and teams are under way online at, where donors also can make contributions. Registrants can call (951) 676-7465 for help signing up.

The affiliate keeps 75 percent of its net income in the community to help serve people in Riverside and San Bernardino counties; 25 percent goes toward the national Komen Grants Program, which funds breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs around the world.

In Riverside and San Bernardino counties more than 2,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year.

Follow the Susan G. Komen Inland Empire affiliate on Facebook Susan G. Komen Inland Empire and or Twitter.


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