PINEHURST – One out of every eight women will develop invasive breast cancer at some time in her life. To help raise funds to eradicate this disease, the third annual 1-in-8k Moore for the Cure run and walk race will be held in the Village of Pinehurst on Sept. 7.
The funds raised will help fight breast cancer, increase public awareness and allow individuals to honor and support those who battle breast cancer. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure – N.C. Triangle to the Coast Affiliate, the local Komen affiliate.
In 2011 and 2012, the 1-in-8k Moore for the Cure was able to donate more than $61,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Since the inaugural race in 2011, FirstHealth of the Carolinas and partner organizations Moore Free Care Clinic and Pinehurst Radiology received a grant for $68,000 from the local Susan G. Komen Affiliate to provide free screening mammograms and follow-up care to local women who cannot afford the services.
In its first year, the grant provided 180 free screening mammograms and 40 free follow-up diagnostic mammograms while assisting with breast cancer treatment for 27 women.
“The monies that Moore County has received from this grant provide mammograms and services to local women who could ordinarily not afford such care,” says John Eastman, chief operating officer of Pinehurst Radiology. “With the economy weak and many people without jobs, this grant provides a lifeline for critical women’s services in our county. Pinehurst Radiology is proud to be a partner in providing care under this grant.”
The local affiliates received an additional $65,000 grant in 2013.
“It has been a truly successful year,” says Chris Miller, administrative director of FirstHealth Community Health Services. “We are excited that Susan G. Komen – N.C. Triangle to the Coast Affiliate has blessed us with a second year of support to continue to provide prevention and treatment support to low-income and uninsured women.”
According to Tony Price, chief executive office of the Moore Free Care Clinic, the funds will assist in the early identification and detection of breast health issues.
“The additional grant will help even more women – and men – with breast health awareness, education, screening and treatment,” he says. “Our plans are to reach more of the uninsured this year with awareness and education.”
The 1-in-8k Moore for the Cure is a fall feature event of the Sandhills Race Series. For more information on the race or to register, visit www.1in8k.org.