Registration opens for Komen Race for Cure

Published on Saturday, 12 April 2014 23:39 - Written by From Staff Reports

Online registration has opened for the upcoming Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Tyler.

The event, which sees thousands of participants annually, will take place May 10 and start at Bergfeld Park.

The Dine Out for the Cure kick-off party will be 5 to 9 p.m., May 4 at Bruno’s Pizza and Pasta, 1577 Farm-to-Market Road 2493 in Gresham. A staff of local celebrities will be handling server duties at the event.

The theme for this year’s race, which typically takes place near Mother’s Day, is “Mothers and Daughters.”

“Breast cancer has been a part of my life since I can remember,” Misty Jones, event co-chairwoman, said. “My grandmother, three aunts and my mother were all diagnosed at different times in their lives, and they all bravely fought and lost the battles.”

Also co-chairing the event is Kristen M. Pherson.

Race for the Cure is Tyler’s largest 5K event, raising money as well as awareness for the cause.

Some 7,000 people — including more than 300 survivors — are expected to turn out for the event. Seventy-five percent of the proceeds from the event fund grants go to East Texas breast cancer organizations. The rest assists the Susan G. Komen National Research Grants program.

In 2012, Komen Tyler provided $252,748 in grants to local health organizations to provide free mammograms, diagnostic testing, educational outreach and financial assistance for East Texas women.

Event sponsorship levels are:

-Children’s Tent Sponsor: $2,000.

-Survivor Tent Sponsor: $2,000.

-Volunteer Tent Sponsor: $1,500.

-Information/First Aid Tent Sponsor: $1,500.

-Stuff Check Sponsor: $1,500.

On race day, a percentage of revenues from diners at theses restaurants will benefit Komen Tyler: Luby’s, The Diner, McAlister’s, On the Border, Mooyah, Salsarita’s, Newk’s and Sonoma Grill.

“It is because of this organization that women, like my mother, are given opportunities that can help give hope to future treatments,” Ms. Jones said of Komen.

For more information, contact the local Komen organization atInfo@komentyler.org or 903-561-6992, or visitwww.komentyler.org .