2018 Race for the Cure® Results…and Where the Money Goes

Final numbers are in for the three 2018 Race for the Cure events held in the Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee Affiliate region. These results for the Nashville, Chattanooga and Upper Cumberland races are vital for 2019 budgeting purposes. Why?   Because the money raised at these key events makes up a large percentage of Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee’s income and is directly related to the amount of money we put into local grants that help our communities every day.

Here are the results: 4,355 people participated and $576,318 was raised between the three races.

“Our work is centered around four areas: research, care, community and action,” said Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee CEO Dawn Eaton. “Every day, we’re working locally, nationally and internationally to increase funding for research, improve access and reduce barriers to medical care, connect with our communities to reduce disparities in care and provide accurate, up-to-date information, and take action with our elected officials and survivors to find solutions and answers.”

Where does the money go?

After race expenses are paid, and 25% of the proceeds is sent to Komen National Headquarters for research funding, the remainder of the money raised at these three races stays right here. We use these funds throughout our 41 counties in Greater Nashville, Upper Cumberland, Chattanooga and North Georgia for the following:

  • to provide education and information,
  • for individual grants to underserved breast cancer patients and
  • for direct grants to organizations to provide needed services.

Since 2000, Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee has funded 384 grants totaling more than $9.8 million to community partners.

Eaton added: “We are committed to meeting the needs of our communities when it comes to breast health. That includes survivors, caregivers and those who haven’t yet been diagnosed.” Eaton said the need is great, and more funding and involvement by the community is necessary and welcome.

Nationally, Susan G. Komen has funded more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit (more then $956M to date), second only to the United States federal government.

Why do we fundraise?

  • Because 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Because every 19 seconds, somewhere in the world, a case of breast cancer is diagnosed in a woman.
  • Because every 60 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer; every 13 minutes, one woman in the U.S. will lose her life to breast cancer.
  • Because breast cancer knows no boundaries. It affects people of every age, gender, socio-economic status and location.
  • Because at the current rate, 13 million breast cancer deaths will occur around the world in the next 25 years.
  • Because it’s time to go beyond breast cancer It’s time to take action!