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PHOTOS: 20th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

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An estimated 23,000 runners, joggers and walkers raised approximately $1.5 million for breast cancer research as of Sunday morning at the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

A Komen Maryland spokeswoman said the beautiful October morning likely drew thousands more in walk-ups, as organizers continue totaling participants and donations.

There were smiles. There were tears. There were sore muscles. And there was pink. Lots and lots of pink.

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Tell us in the comments section below what it meant to be a part of the Race for the Cure. Tell us what breast cancer awareness month means to you and your family. Start the conversation in the comments section below.

Christopher Kidwell October 22, 2012 at 06:16 AM
True. While I don't like that Planned Parenthood does abortions, that is only an extremely small portion of what they do. They do breast cancer screenings, mammograms, pap tests, give out prescriptions for birth control/free birth control, etc. The organization in and of itself is a good one, though they should spin off the abortion services to another organization if they want to get the best amount of money from Americans. Most Americans are totally against abortion even in cases of rape (it's punishing the child for the sins of the father and sometimes the mother [yes, women can be rapists though it is exceptionally rare]) and realize that with Plan B, abortion shouldn't be necessary anymore.
Christopher Kidwell October 22, 2012 at 06:17 AM
A religious quote? Really? I hate to tell you this, but a good 50% of Americans are Atheist or Agnostic so religious quotes don't really have any 'basis' for swaying people.
Dave Ross October 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Donald Spitz: hypichristian. Crawl back into the hole you came out of and take your hate with you. May God forgive your pathetic soul.
Dave Ross October 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Back on track. CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE WHO RAN IN THIS EVENT AND TO THE MILLIONS OF HEROES AND SURVIVORS WHO FIGHT THIS DEADLY DISEASE DAILY. You inspire us to be the best of what we are!
number9dream October 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Planned Parenthood aside, where DOES all of Komen's billions of pink-clad NFL football player dollars go?
Dave Ross October 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Could we please leave abortion out of this. This is about the heroes and survivors of breast cancer. Back on topic please.
Joe October 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Kidwell makes a patently false statement "They do breast cancer screenings, mammograms," More LIES OR willfully uninformed comments by Kidwell. PP does NOT offer mammograms, they are all referred out to other providers. "Thousands call Planned Parenthood for mammograms after Obama's claim" " Nearly 2,000 pro-lifers called local Planned Parenthood clinics Oct. 18 to schedule mammograms, after President Obama implied the organization offers the service. "When Gov. Romney says that we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, there are millions of women all across the country who rely on Planned Parenthood for not just contraceptive care, they rely on it for mammograms,” said Obama Oct. 16 during the second presidential debate. Planned Parenthood does not actually provide women with mammograms, but refers patients out to other facilities for the exam. " Get educated Kidwell. you make an ass out of yourself with every comment you make.
M. Sullivan October 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Heroes ?
Joe October 22, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Kidwell making an ass of himself again with factually incorrect comments. Do you EVER look up what you do not know BEFORE you type crap that is just not true? http://religions.pewforum.org/reports 78.4% of those polled (over 35000) say they are Christian. Kidwell, please look up anything you may want to type to see just how wrong it is before you type it.
Joe October 22, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Kidwell states "50% of Americans are Atheist or Agnostic" Pew polling says Atheist 1.6% Agnostic 2.4%. Get with the real world Kidwell not your fantasy world.
number9dream October 22, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Yeah, y'know, Ray Lewis and his pink football cleats.
FIFA October 22, 2012 at 01:16 PM
http://ww5.komen.org/uploadedFiles/Content/AboutUs/Financial/KOMEN%20PARENT%20PDC%20wout%20PW.pdf
JBD October 22, 2012 at 01:20 PM
My family participated in the Komen Walk/Run to celebrate our friend Alex, who successfully battled breast cancer and lives to smile while supporting the Komen Race. She is one of the lucky ones whose cancer was detected early by a routine mammogram and successfully treated. After the race, I saw a woman whose best friend died of breast cancer this past Friday. It could happen to any of us, even if you've lived a healthy lifestyle. Please tell your friends and family to get screened! It is only a mild discomfort that takes a few minutes.
M. Sullivan October 22, 2012 at 01:24 PM
According to a Washington Post article from February of this year, while the Foundation funded $76 million in 2010, They spent a total of $58 million on salaries, advertising, office expenses, consulting, contract labor and travel. Travel alone was $3 million. Millions are paid to the top executives of, what has become, a big business. Seems to me they are more direct and efficient means to help breast cancer victims.
number9dream October 22, 2012 at 01:41 PM
@FIFA That's a lotta coin for a non-profit to be throwing around for advertising, lobbying, salaries, etc. Tax-exempt no less. As @M. Sullivan says below it's nothing but big business and anything but a benign little non-profit. This should have been apparent when pink ribbons started showing up on the field at M&T Bank Stadium.
JDStuts October 22, 2012 at 02:23 PM
What a despicable operation. I'd sooner burn money than donate it to Komen.
FIFA October 22, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Yes it is. Here are the audited financial statements. http://ww5.komen.org/uploadedFiles/Content/AboutUs/Financial/2011%20Komen%20Financial%20Statements%20FINAL%283%29.pdf
Steve October 22, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I noticed the Westboro wannabees were there holding up their pictures of embryos. Now that's a despicable operation!
Gloria October 22, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I refuse to support Komen employees, founders or CEO's exorbitant salaries and bonuses but would like to give to a legit organization. I already give to the American Cancer Foundation and would like to support another. Any suggestions?
JDStuts October 22, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Were they really? They are off the charts...
Dave Ross October 22, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Strictly speaking if one is only referring to women the term Heroine is to be used. But in modern usage the terms Hero and Heroine when referring to women can be interchanged. "Them's" the rules as I understand them, but I'm no grammarian and I will defer to you judgement on the matter. If you prefer, " This is about the Heroines, Heros and Survivors of Breast Cancer." But you get my drift, I hope.
Dave Ross October 22, 2012 at 03:54 PM
You might want to look at the National Breast Cancer Foundation(NBCF) http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/
FIFA October 22, 2012 at 03:56 PM
The problem I see with the large charity operations is most begin with an altruistic purpose. But as they grow they rapidly devolve into an organization that needs to feed those employees at the top of the organization. According to the 990 tax return for for the year ended March 2011 there appear to be 17 senior employees earning between $153,000 and $417,000 per year plus a former president and CEO who was paid $278,000. Are these outrageous salaries for a large charitable organization? Is this what it takes run the Komen Foundation or any other large group? They would tell you yes and it is probably very comparable to many others, including the American Cancer Society.
M. Sullivan October 22, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Victims, certainly. Survivors, sure. But, heroes (or heroines) ?
number9dream October 22, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Here's my question: With all that dough they're slinging around, who is truly benefiting? And to what degree? Is it really "women"? The health care industry? The manufacturers of pink athletic apparel?
Gloria October 22, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Thank you!
FIFA October 22, 2012 at 04:15 PM
That requires an in-depth analysis of their expenditures which is much more work than I volunteered to do! They have almost $500 million in the bank at 3/31/2011 of that $264 million is committed to grants with over $100 million unrestricted.
number9dream October 22, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Maybe they're keeping Goldman-Sachs afloat!
Gomer Pyle October 22, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Susan G Komen couldn't raise enough money to cure a "boob" like FIFA.
Kai October 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM
http://www.the-red-devils.org The red devils is a Maryland organization that helps with cleaning, transportation, etc. They are intuitive to the needs of the families and patients fighting breast cancer.

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