BOISE -- A sea of pink is about to take over Boise. Saturday is the 14th annual Race for the Cure, the largest local fundraising event for Susan G. Komen.
All the money raised from the event goes to help fight breast cancer. A quarter of the funds raised goes toward national research. The rest of the money stays in Idaho and is given to community partners that provide mammograms, education classes and other financial help to patients.
This year, Race for the Cure organizers hope to raise $300,000. Molly Nota, the Boise Susan G. Komen events and communications manager, says almost $150,000 has been raised to date.
Nota says a lot of donations are turned in on race day so they are hoping for a big last minute push.
The funds are so important here in our local community. Seventy-five percent of those funds stay here locally, said Nota. Last year, we granted out over $300,000 to 26 community organizations. So it is crucial for providing mammograms, patient assistance, education.
During the 2010-2011 grant cycle, 18,000 women were given mammograms who may not have been able to get them done otherwise. Nota says that would be impossible without all the donations collected at Race for the Cure.
This year's fundraising goal is larger than previous years and fewer people are racing. In 2011, more than 16,000 people were at the event. So far, 10,000 have signed up to participate this year.
The Susan G. Komen office will be collected donations through May 31.
It is still not too late to sign up to run in Race for the Cure. People can register Friday until 7 p.m. at the University of Phoenix in Meridian. People can also register Saturday morning before the race.