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 fourth annual 1-in-8k Moore for the Cure run and walk race will be held in the Village of Pinehurst on Sept. 6. The 8k race begins at 8 a.m., and the 1k Fun Run will be at 10:30 a.m.
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.
Since 2011, the 1-in-8k Moore for the Cure race has donated more than $97,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
In the same three years, due to grants from the local Susan G. Komen affiliate, FirstHealth of the Carolinas and partner organizations Moore Free Care Clinic and Pinehurst Radiology have had the opportunity to provide free screening mammograms and follow-up care to local women who cannot afford the services, Komen grants awarded to the local affiliates during that time totaled $183,000, including $50,000 awarded just this year.
The local “Moore Screenings” program, which targets low-income residents of the community, has provided 494 free screening mammograms, 102 free diagnostic procedures and financial assistance to 74 patients undergoing breast cancer treatment while assisting 38 patients with transportation assistance to breast cancer treatment appointments,.
“The monies provided by this grant have provided numerous mammograms and services to local women who could ordinarily not afford such care,” says John Eastman, chief operating officer of Pinehurst Radiology. “Pinehurst Radiology is proud to be a partner in providing care under this grant and for such a long duration of time.”
“It has truly been a successful program,” says Chris Miller, administrative director of FirstHealth Community Health Services. “We continue to be amazed at the support from the Susan G. Komen – N.C. Triangle to the Coast Affiliate and sincerely appreciate what they make possible in our community through the grants they’ve provided to FirstHealth.”
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. For more information on the Moore Screenings program, visit www.firsthealth.org.