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Southeast Ohio Race for the Cure raises nearly $80K

October 19, 2018 GMT

ATHENS, Ohio — Nearly 1,000 participants helped to raise more than $80,000 at the fourth annual Southeast Ohio Race for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 14. Proceeds will be directed to critical breast health programming, screening and treatment throughout central and southern Ohio.

The event at Peden Stadium on Ohio University’s campus was highlighted by 76 breast cancer survivors wearing pink survivor shirts and a finish line cheering section of OU cheerleaders and the dance team.

Donations and fundraising are still taking place through Nov. 16, according to the organization.

“One-third of the diagnoses and deaths in the Komen Columbus 30-county service area are from southeastern Ohio. This is unacceptable, especially since these counties have far less than one-third of the population,” said Katie Carter, Komen Columbus executive director. “The money and awareness we raised today will help address barriers specific to this region, including proximity to health facilities, transportation and lack of or inadequate insurance and expensive co-pays.”

Southeastern Ohio receives about half of the funding Komen Columbus raises.

Proceeds from the Southeast Ohio Race for the Cure will support programs specific to the 18 counties in the southeastern Ohio region: Athens, Vinton, Washington, Jackson, Morgan, Perry, Meigs, Gallia, Noble, Hocking, Scioto, Pike, Ross, Fairfield, Muskingum, Guernsey, Monroe and Lawrence.