Race for the Cure organizers: We need your help!

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- With Breast Cancer Awareness Month upon us, Susan G. Komen Central and Northern Arizona® is asking the community to rally after progress reports show a decrease in participation by approximately 40 percent and fundraising by approximately 50 percent, year-over-year, for its annual Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure® taking place Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.

The Susan G. Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure® is the single largest source of funds supporting Susan G. Komen Central and Northern Arizona (Komen CAN Arizona) and 100 percent of funds raised are dedicated to the promise to save lives and end breast cancer.

In 2012, approximately 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.

"No one else is doing what we're doing here in Arizona. So we had to make a difficult choice - either share this news now and give the community a chance to rally, or hope for the best and potentially suffer very negative consequences for the women of central and northern Arizona," said Heather Roberts, interim executive director for Komen CAN Arizona.

The 21st Annual Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure is Sunday, Oct. 13. It starts at Wesley Bolin Plaza. Registration is $35 for adults, $20 for breast cancer survivors, and $15 for children 12 and younger. For more information,check out www.KomenCANAZ.org.