Event to support Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization

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Strong support: A huge number of people were on hand at the start of last year's Y-ME Race At Your Pace event. Organizers expect more than 30,000 to participate in this year's event May 13 at Grant Park. | Supplied photo

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What: Y-ME Race At Your Pace

When: Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, 2012

Where: Butler Field in Grant Park, at corner of Columbus and Jackson streets, Chicago

Time: Starts at 8 a.m.

Registration information:

In advance

Walkers and runners: $35

The easiest way to register is online at www.y-me.org/race. Select “Register Here” from the top navigation of our website and follow the steps. We also have detailed instructions on using the website at “How to Use the Website.”

Event-day registration

Walkers and runners: $40

Event-day registration opens at
6:30 a.m.

Children ages 14 and under are
welcome to attend the event free of charge, but they must pay the
registration fee in order to receive an event T-shirt and refreshments.

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Edie Falco, the award-winning actress of the hit series “Nurse Jackie” and nine-year cancer survivor, recently joined forces with Chicago’s own Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization. Falco talked publicly about her passion for Y-ME’s unique mission of having breast cancer survivors available 24/7/365 to talk to people who need help and information.

“I kept my diagnosis private but could have used an anonymous friend who’d been there to talk about the stuff you are left to deal with because the doctors don’t talk about it. ‘Am I going to lose my hair? When will it happen? Were you scared? Does your family know?’” Falco said.

“I’m helping Y-ME because its mission is near to my heart. The survivors on Y-ME’s 24/7 hotline do great work and they need our support. Please help them by registering for the Y-ME Race At Your Pace or donating so no one faces breast cancer alone,” she added.

A poll, conducted by Whitman Insight Strategies for Y-ME, found that 84 percent of breast cancer patients and survivors say talking to another survivor is one of the most important ways of dealing with the disease, and 68 percent wish that they could have been connected to other survivors. A whopping 95 percent said it was important to have a 24-hour hotline for fellow survivors yet only 14 percent were aware that such an organization exists today.

With an ambitious goal of raising $3.5 million this year, Y-ME honors Mother’s Day with the Y-ME Race At Your Pace, a day that brings together breast cancer survivors, family, friends and supporters to celebrate life, remember, and have a great time.

More than 30,000 participants are expected in Grant Park for the 21st Y-ME Race At Your Pace on Sunday, May 13, 2012. Participants come together to walk, run, eat, sing, hug each other, share, and demonstrate how much they care for each other and the cause. Race routes include a one-mile fun walk, a three-mile walk, or a certified 5K race.

“We’re conditioned to raise money for awareness and research, but clearly there’s a need for Y-ME since we focus on patients and survivors every hour of every day,” said Cindy Geoghegan, CEO of Y-ME and 16-year survivor.

About Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization

Y-ME‘s hotline is available 24/7/365, with interpreters in 150 languages. Y-ME’s mission is to assure that no one faces breast cancer alone. To learn more or make a donation, call (800) 221-2141 or visit www.y-me.org/edie.

To register for the Y-ME Race At Your Pace, visit www.y-me.org/race.

About the poll

Results based on an online survey conducted by Whitman Insight Strategies, www.whitmanstrategies.com, April 3-5, 2012, among 400 U.S. breast cancer patients and survivors 18 years of age and older. Margin of error is ±4.9 percent at the 95 percent confidence interval.

Courtesy of Y-ME Race At Your Pace