Susan G. Komen Inland Empire to host More Than Pink Walk

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Survivors show off signs with their post-breast cancer years at Susan G. Komen Inland Empire’s More Than Pink Walk, which will be held, Sunday, Oct. 13, in Town Square Park in Murrieta. Courtesy photo

RIVERSIDE – Susan G. Komen Inland Empire is preparing for their annual community fundraising event. In May, the organization announced the new More Than Pink Walk, which is the next evolution in its signature fundraising event series. The Susan G. Komen Inland Empire More Than Pink Walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 13, at Town Square Park in Murrieta.

The More Than Pink Walk brings together an empowered community of hope to raise funds for breast cancer treatment, patient advocacy and lifesaving research., and 75% of the net proceeds stay in Riverside and San Bernardino counties to fund local programs to support mothers, sisters, neighbors and friends as they battle breast cancer in community. The additional 25% funds ground-breaking research.

Pechanga Resort Casino sponsors the Susan G. Komen Inland Empire’s More Than Pink Walk, which will be held, Sunday, Oct. 13, in Town Square Park in Murrieta. Courtesy photo

This year’s event demonstrates how the fundraising efforts of every participant fuels lifesaving research, critical patient care, needed community programs and public policy advocacy in a personal and powerful way. The More Than Pink Walk ensures that participants have a clear understanding of the value they provide in Susan G. Komen’s overall mission and how their fundraising makes an impact in the fight against breast cancer.

The inspiring family-friendly event joins participants of all ages and abilities coming together as one and remembering those they have lost, celebrating those that have survived, honoring those currently living with the disease and uniting as a community. The More Than Pink Walk ensures that participants have a deeper understanding of their part in our overall mission and how their fundraising makes an impact in the fight.

“By participating in the Susan G. Komen Inland Empire More Than Pink Walk, you can help ensure that our vision to end breast cancer becomes a reality, as we strive to support those affected by breast cancer today, while tirelessly searching for tomorrow’s cures,” Dr. Sandra Finestone, board president for Komen Inland Empire, said.

The More Than Pink Walk sponsors show their commitment to the community by supporting the volunteers, survivors and those living with breast cancer, as well as everyone who has joined together to raise funds. This year’s sponsors include Bank of America, City of Murrieta, Pechanga Resort Casino, Abbott, Arrowhead Water, BMW of Murrieta, The Valley News, The Camp Transformation Centers and more.

The event will open at 6:30 a.m., opening ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. with the walk starting at 8:30 a.m. Survivors and those living with metastatic breast cancer will kick off the opening ceremony by leading the way through the “Pathway of Hope” where all participants will cheer them on. Also new this year, guest speakers will include survivor and author Kara Adams and metastatic breast cancer survivor Patti Martinez. Event master of ceremonies will be one of Komen Inland Empire founders, Joan Sparkman.

“Together we have the power to transform lives, one step at a time,” Sparkman said.

Susan G. Komen Inland Empire has a goal to raise $300,000 at this year’s More Than Pink Walk. Organizations interested in sponsoring the walk are encouraged to contact the affiliate office to learn more about opportunities.

Register and begin fundraising at www.komenie.org. For more information, call (951) 676-7465. Follow the Susan G. Komen Inland Empire on Facebook or Twitter.

Volunteers also are needed and are encouraged to sign up online: https://events.com/r/en_US/registration/2019-more-than-pink-inland-empire-walk-murrieta-october-762428.

Susan G. Komen Inland Empire began its journey in 1998 and since then, the organization has awarded more than $6.6 million in grants to organizations in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Annually, they provide funding to local hospitals and organizations to ensure communities with the greatest needs have access to breast health education, screenings, diagnostic services, patient navigation, financial assistance and treatment assistance in both counties. The organization focuses on providing services to underserved, uninsured, underinsured and low income families which may not otherwise have access to breast health services. The organization makes every effort to ensure access to quality breast health services are geographically available. One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This year, in Riverside and San Bernardino counties there will be more than 2,300 women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Submitted by Susan G. Komen Inland Empire.