Please join us at a press conference on September 4th at 9:30am at the Monroe Public Safety Center located at 1810 Martin Luther King Drive (165S) in Monroe, inside the Fire Department auditorium to announce a partnership this year between the Northeast Louisiana (NELA) Race for the Cure and the City of Monroe, led by the Monroe Police Department.
Join us and more than 3,000 runners/walkers and celebrate the 25th Annual Northeast Louisiana Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, presented by McDonald’s. Our Race is set for September 15, 2018 at Forsythe Park in Monroe with the One Mile Fun Run beginning at 8:00am and the 5K beginning at 8:30am. We are proud that our Race for the Cure is truly an event for all of Northeast Louisiana, with about 23% of participants residing outside of Monroe/West Monroe.
With the support of Mayor Jamie Mayo, this year we are proud to have the City of Monroe officially sponsor the NELA Race for the Cure by providing security, the majority of our volunteers, and a wide range of our equipment needs like golf carts, beverage carts, and shuttles. Our event is their September City Employee Community Benevolent Act. The Monroe Police Department will also host a dunking booth with chances to dunk a Monroe police officer, popcorn and face painting in our kids area, and Chief Ellis will fire the gun to start our 5K. The city also has a Race team for city employees to participate in the Race as well.
Louisiana ranks in the top three in the United States in breast cancer incidence and mortality rates and Lincoln Parish has some of the highest mortality rates in the state. Proceeds from the Komen Race for the Cure Series fund research efforts and local breast health and breast cancer outreach programs. Up to 75% of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stay in North Louisiana with the remaining income going to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program to fund research.
Over the past five years, over $1Million has been granted to Northeast Louisiana from funds raised through our events. Our current grantees include Delhi Hospital, Union General Hospital, the NELA Cancer Institute, LSUHSC/Feist Weiller Cancer Center, and MLK Health Center and Pharmacy. During last year’s grant cycle, Komen North Louisiana funding provided 1,153 no cost screening mammograms where 12 cases of breast cancer were detected.