Charlotte, NC – Carolina Panthers star running back DeAngelo Williams challenged all NFL fans to join Charlotte’s 17th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and support the battle against breast cancer. This year’s race is expected to attract thousands of supporters to Marshall Park on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.
“I encourage you to register for the Race for the Cure and join my Williams Warrior team,” said DeAngelo, who has hand-signed all 600 Williams Warriors jerseys given to team members who raise $50 or more for the race. “I am very dedicated – because everyone knows someone who is affected by this disease,” he said. “Let’s work like a team and help find the cure and secure a breast cancer-free future for our children.”
Williams, captain of the famed Williams Warriors team, has championed the cause for more than five years, raising over $100,000 through his team’s efforts. “I have a very personal connection to this cause, it runs deep in my family,” said Williams, whose mother is a two time breast cancer survivor and his “Rock”. Williams mother, Sandra Hill, survives her four sisters who all lost their battles with breast cancer.
“People respond to the call because we all have a common goal of finding better detection methods, treatment options and a cure for this disease,” said Williams. Early detection, getting regular breast screenings and being aware of your body are the best prevention, he said. “Don’t ever be afraid. If you have any questions concerning your body, go to your doctor and get checked. You know best.”
Online registration is open through Oct. 3. Go to Komen Charlotte’s website at www.komencharlotte.org and register as an individual or join a team. Individuals can also register on race day.
Those unable to attend can donate online to an individual, the Williams Warriors team, or another participating team.
The Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure® showcases a 5K timed race, 5K non-competitive run/walk, one-mile route, 50-yard kids’ dash, race expo, food truck rodeo, music and Survivor’s ceremonies. Other highlights include Taylor Stricklin, with his car number 7, meeting and greeting NASCAR fans.
Festivities begin at 6:00 a.m. with the timed run beginning at 7:15 a.m., and the walk/run beginning at 7:50 a.m.
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.
Komen Charlotte’s goal is to raise $1,000,000. A maximum of 75 percent of net proceeds will go to the local community 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 will support the Komen National Research Grant Program, which funds major research programs across the country, including research at North Carolina universities.
Susan G. Komen Charlotte is an affiliate of Susan G. Komen, one of the most widely known breast cancer organizations in the world. Komen Charlotte raises funds through events such as the annual Susan G. Komen 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 corporate partners, small businesses, faith communities, schools and volunteer organizations. More than 300 volunteers dedicate time and talent to educate, advocate and share the mission of Susan G. Komen.
To register or contribute: www.komencharlotte.org