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Trinity signs on as a presenting sponsor of Susan G. Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure®

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure is the local Susan G. Komen Affiliate’s annual 5K race that raises funds for breast cancer education and outreach projects.  Trinity representatives made the announcement Monday at the Trinity Cancer Center surrounded by radiation therapy staff.

“Trinity has always supported our local Race for the Cure, but this just steps it up a level,” said Trinity oncology nurse specialist Carolene Robinson, who works primarily with breast cancer patients.  “During the past couple of years, Trinity has seen the economy’s impact on people not being able to afford their care, which in turn causes them to forego treatment.  Being associated with the Race is another way for Trinity to help women access the care they need.”

Since its inception in 1990, the Komen Quad Cities Affiliate has raised more than $4.58 million to fund breast health education, screening and treatment to the underserved, uninsured, and underinsured in our communities.

“The demand for the services that we fund continues to increase as state funding for screenings decreases,” said Joan Conrad, 2011 Quad Cities Race for the Cure chair.   “Trinity’s sponsorship will help us to serve the women in our eight-county service area and pursue our mission to end breast cancer forever.”

Up to 75 percent of the funds raised by the Komen Quad Cities Affiliate remain in the greater Quad-Cities, with 25 percent funding the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Program.

“Groups like the Komen organization that rally people together in support of a common cause are so vital as we work toward stopping breast cancer in its tracks,” said Dr. Costas Constantinou, oncologist with Hematology and Oncology Care. “By raising awareness, we will only continue to increase the rate of survivorship.”

The 22nd annual Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure will be held Saturday, June 11, 2011, at the i wireless Center in Moline. The annual Race routinely attracts more than 9,000 runners and walkers. 

For more information about Trinity’s cancer program, visit www.trinityqc.com/cancer.  For more information about the Quad Cities Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, visit www.komenquadcities.org.