The 17th edition of Race for the Cure® took place in May 2016 at the Circo Massimo in Rome and the team of UPMC Italy attended this special event.
Race for the Cure® is the key event of Susan G. Komen Italia, a non-profit organization committed since 2000 to fighting breast cancer throughout Italy, affiliated with the “Susan G. Komen” in Dallas. This is a three-day event dedicated to health, sport, wellness, and solidarity that culminates with the traditional 5K run and 2K fitness walk.
This was the first time UPMC Italy attended the race, and the UPMCcommunity team gathered over 46 participants including employees, families, friends, and patients of UPMC San Pietro FBF Advanced Radiotherapy Center. With their registrations, the UPMCcommunity team (with ages ranging between 2 and 65 years) collected almost €1,000.
Since 2000, Komen Italia has collected and distributed approximately €2,700,000 during the Race for the Cure® for over 340 projects carried out by Komen itself and by other breast cancer associations. These projects included: refresher courses for health care providers; educational prevention programs for healthy women and students; clinical services for recovery of the mental and physical well-being of operated women; purchase of equipment for breast cancer diagnosis and cure.
This year’s edition reached a record of 63,000 participants (and more than 5,000 “women in pink”). The Italian Ministry of Health Ms. Beatrice Lorenzin, the president of CONI (Italian National Olympic Committee) Mr. Giovanni Malagò, and the U.S. Ambassador in Italy Mr. John Phillips, also attended.