Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
The 21st annual Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure stepped off Sunday morning at 17th Avenue and Adams Street, and by the time it was over, the event had raised $1.2 million to fight breast cancer.
Organizers of the 2013 event had been battling a 40 percent decrease in participation and a 50 percent drop in fundraising.
Donations will be accepted online at www.komenCANaz.org. Mail-in pledge forms are also available through Oct. 31.
The Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure is one of the largest 5k events in Arizona. Nearly 1,700 volunteers worked year-round for the one-day event.
The event featured a Survivor Parade, one-mile family fun run and walk, Breast Cancer Survivors' 5k Run, 5k Run and 5k Walk in the State Capitol District.
Last year, about 21,500 participants helped raise nearly $1.6 million, with $1.2 million funding 15 community breast health and breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs across central and northern Arizona and $400,000 going to an international research fund.
Funds raised through Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure are split 75/25, with 75 percent staying in central and northern Arizona and 25 percent going to an international research fund focused on the causes, treatments and cures for breast cancer.
Since its inception, the affiliate together with the community's support has granted more than $18.8 million to provide 33,742 free or reduced cost mammograms, 2,275 diagnostic treatments, 2,683 breast cancer treatments and breast health and breast cancer education to hundreds of thousands of Arizonans.
Komen CAN Arizona has also contributed $5.4 million to research.
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