WASHINGTON - One case of breast cancer is diagnosed every two minutes in the United States, and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes. Those sobering facts contribute to breast cancer being the most common cancer women battle worldwide.
One organization that has led the fight against breast cancer for over three decades is the Susan G. Komen® Foundation, whose founder Nancy Brinker and sister Suzy - who succumbed to breast cancer - grew up in Peoria, Illinois.
This week marked the beginning of the 2014 Global Race® against Breast Cancer campaign, and representing the founder Nancy Brinker's hometown, Congressman Aaron Schock participated in the campaign's opening ceremonies. Schock has signed on once again to serve as an 2014 Global Race Honorary Co-Chair with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida.
Since its inception in 1990, funds raised from the Global Race for the Cure® have provided more than $35 million for over 300 community grants to local programs in the Washington DC Capital Region, aimed at low-income, minority and uninsured women in areas where breast cancer rates are the highest.