Komen to host Chicagoland Race for the Cure on Mother’s Day, honoring Maggie Daley

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Race for the cure: The 2013 Susan G. Komen Chicagoland Race for the Cure will be Mother's Day (May 12) in Grant Park. | FILE PHOTO  The event will honor those who have battled breast cancer and further the mission of the Chicagoland Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure — to save lives and end breast cancer forever. 

On Mother’s Day, May 12, 2013, thousands will gather for the Susan G. Komen Chicagoland Race for the Cure in Grant Park.

The event will honor those who have battled breast cancer and further the mission of the Chicagoland Area

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Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure — to save lives and end breast cancer forever. The Daley family will serve as Honorary Chairs of the race, celebrating the life of Chicago’s former First Lady Maggie C. Daley, and the passion and energy she displayed as a Mom and breast cancer fighter.

“My wife is a breast cancer survivor, and I have been privileged to walk beside her at many Race for the Cure events. With the very special occasion of Mother’s Day, we expect participation to grow as the Chicagoland Race for the Cure becomes a destination for families and friends who plan weekend getaways to our great city for the many attractions it has to offer, and in support of a great cause,” said Richard Biller, president of the board of directors of Komen Chicago.

Money raised by the Komen Chicagoland Race for the Cure funds breast health education, breast cancer screening, treatment, treatment support and patient navigation services to uninsured and underinsured women in need. Seventy-five percent of net proceeds generated by the Chicago Affiliate are used to support these efforts in the Chicago area, while the remaining 25 percent of net funds raised support global research. In 2012, Komen Chicago granted more than $1.5 million to 17 community organizations, and in total has awarded more than $12 million towards the fight against breast cancer in the Chicagoland service area.

“We are deeply touched by this Mother’s Day event honoring Maggie and all of those who are affected by this disease,” said former City of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. “My family believes that it takes a strong network of individuals to help navigate the path for survivors and co-survivors and we know that Komen Chicago is making an impact right here in our communities.”

In partnership with the Chicago Park District, the Komen Chicagoland Race for the Cure will begin and end in Grant Park at Butler Field, with courses along Chicago’s lakefront and city streets.

Registration for the Mother’s Day walk/run will open in early January. Walkers/runners can participate as an individual or as part of a team. For more information, to sign up or volunteer for the race, visit www.komenchicago.org.

— Chicagoland Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure