NASCAR’s Taylor Stricklin
Charlotte, NC – Third generation race car driver, Taylor Stricklin, today challenged all NASCAR fans to join the 17th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and support the battle against breast cancer. Stricklin will participate in the “most important” race of the year when he meets and greets his NASCAR fans and thousands of others who will gather in uptown Charlotte’s Marshall Park for the annual 5K event on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.
“We race every weekend, but this race is the most important because it supports our local community and funds research to help end breast cancer forever,” said Stricklin, who will take a break from his competition in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series to support Komen’s Race for the Cure. Taylor, a 6’7″ scholar athlete, is the 24-year old son of former NASCAR driver Hut Stricklin and grandson of NASCAR legend Donnie Allison.
“I encourage you to register for this event because everyone knows someone who is affected by this disease,” Stricklin said, recalling his own great-grandmother’s battle with breast cancer. “There are many wonderful survivor stories, but too many people still do not win the battle. And that needs to end. Let’s get together at the Race for the Cure and make a difference.”
NASCAR driver, Taylor Stricklin
Online registration is open now through September 28th. Go to Komen Charlotte’s website at www.komencharlotte.org and register as an individual, join a team, or donate to an individual/team.
Race for the Cure® showcases a 5K timed race, 5K non-competitive run/walk, one-mile route, 50-yard kids’ dash, race expo, survivor’s tent, exhibits, and more. This year the Race Committee is adding live entertainment, Food Truck Rodeo and ceremonies for competitive racers and survivors. Last year, Charlotte hosted over 17,000 participants.
Race for the Cure® is a celebration of life where runners and walkers of all ages gather to honor survivors who are winning the battle against breast cancer and to remember those who have lost their lives to this devastating disease.
Race for the Cure® is Komen Charlotte’s largest awareness and fundraising event of the year, with a maximum of 75 percent of net proceeds going to local programs to help uninsured and underinsured women receive breast cancer education, screenings, diagnostic services and treatment support. Komen Charlotte serves a 13-county service area including Mecklenburg and the 12 surrounding counties. The additional 25 percent supports the Komen National Research Grant Program, which funds major research programs across the country including research underway at universities in North Carolina.
Susan G. Komen is one of the most widely known breast cancer organizations in the world. Komen Charlotte raises funds to battle breast cancer through events such as the annual Race for the Cure®; Laugh for the Cure®; Carowinds for the Cure; BCC Rally; Serve for the Cure; and a variety of community events hosted by schools, volunteer organizations, faith communities, small businesses and corporate partners. More than 300 volunteers dedicate time and talent to educate, advocate and share the mission of Susan G. Komen Charlotte.
To register, visit: www.komencharlotte.org
Lynda Stadler, Director of Marketing
Susan G Komen Charlotte