BREWER —Komen Maine, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate, raised more than $200,000 through their signature Race for the Cure events in Portland and Bangor on Sept. 14 and 21. More than 3,600 walkers and runners participated in the races to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.
As part of the events, survivor ceremonies were held to honor those battling or that have battled breast cancer.
In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, fundraising efforts will remain open until Oct. 31.
Komen Maine’s purpose is to combat breast cancer through raising funds for breast health education, screening, treatment programs and state and national research. Many of the funds are used for Maine women underinsured or uninsured. The money raised through this annual event supports this important mission and are awarded to Maine organizations through grants.
Seventy-five percent of Komen Maine’s net funds remain in Maine to fund breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs for women statewide, and the remaining 25 percent is invested in evidence-based breast cancer research.
More than 220 volunteers assisted in supporting the events.
To learn more, visit www.komenmaine.org.