Behavioral Health of Palm Beaches Sponsor for Susan G. Komen Race in West Palm Beach
With One-of-Eight Women in the US Victims of Breast Cancer, Susan G. Komen Rallies Support for the Race on January 28, 2017 in West Palm Beach
Palm Beach, FL, January 28, 2017 – Until there is a cure for breast cancer, Susan G. Komen rallies support on all fronts to conquer this deadly disease. Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches (BHOPB) has stepped forward as a sponsor for the Cure 5K scheduled on January 28, 2017 in West Palm Beach. This is the 26th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in West Palm Beach.
“Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches is proud to be a sponsor for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. With breast cancer affecting one out of eight women, it is personal. We encourage everyone to lend their support for the 5K race in West Palm Beach on January 28, 2017,” said Jack Coscia, President of Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches. “Saving and enhancing lives, our mission, fits perfectly with Susan G. Komen’s mission.”
The mission of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is to provide funding that helps educate people about the risk factors for breast cancer and about resources available. At a national level, the funding is dedicated to research for finding a cure for breast cancer and training grants.
The Cure 5K race in Florida takes place on January 17 starting from Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. The race site opens at 6:30 a.m. Several races and walks are held during the day.
A signature tradition of the event is that participants dress in pink. Breast cancer survivors may identify themselves wearing pink or gray “survivor” shirts. Other participants often wear shirts or signs “in memory of” someone they lost to breast cancer.
The Susan G. Komen Races for the Cure annually number 150 globally. One hundred thousand volunteers register participants, set up, stage the race, and run hydration stations at the races. Over one million people, both walkers and runners, raise funds and participate in the races. Fundraising has gone digital, as each registered race participant receives their own website to personalize for reaching out to potential donors.
The Races are a major source for the $2.6 billion dollars that have been raised for research to cure breast cancer. In addition, the funds educate those at risk and support programs to provide community resources for those who are diagnosed with or survivors of breast cancer.
Breast cancer risk increases by almost double for women who have a mother, sister or daughter with the disease. But, 85 percent of breast cancer diagnoses occur in women with no family history of breast cancer. Age is also another risk factor, with two-thirds of invasive breast cancers found in women age 55 older.
Founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker to commemorate her sister’s struggle and painful, losing battle with cancer, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure started with a race in Dallas, Texas in 1983 with 800 participants.
About Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches
Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches is located in South Florida, and offers expert treatment, support, advocacy, and assistance to patients suffering from drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness. They specialize in the treatment of co-occurring disorders, and develop cutting-edge treatment programs using evidence-based best practices.
Using a holistic approach to treatment, BHOPB works to identify and address the underlying disorders that have contributed to patients’ substance abuse, and treat each condition simultaneously. BHOPB firmly believes that this is the best way for patients to heal on all levels. The diverse and specialized treatment offerings ensure quality care for each individual patient. Learn more about how we can help you or a loved one with an addiction by calling 1-888-432-2467 or visiting us online.
Bill Cassidy, MSM
Director of Marketing
Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches
South Florida Chapter
Susan G. Komen