SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The 2020 Race for the Cure will be held virtually this year in Savannah.
Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia made the announcement on Tuesday. The race, normally held in-person in the spring, will now be held the weekend of Oct. 17 and feature online activities. A virtual ceremony is also planned.
“As an organization dedicated to saving lives, it is so important to protect the health of our participants, many of whom are breast cancer survivors,” Aileen Gabbey, executive director for Komen Coastal Georgia, said in a statement. “We plan to host a virtual celebration and ask our friends to race and walk close to home. We’ll continue to encourage event fundraising because we still must help women in need.”
Gabbey says even though the pandemic continues, the need for Susan G Komen in our community hasn’t gone away.
“Our grantees are still operating and our office is working from home, but we still get calls every day from women who need a referral, they need a mammogram, and we’re there for them,” she says.
Margie Singleton the namesake of Margie’s law, will be one of this year’s featured survivors. She says you can’t truly understand just how much a support system like Komen is needed until you fight cancer yourself.
“When you get hit with those words you have cancer your whole world turns upside down...on days when you don’t even feel like getting out of bed,” Singleton said.
The theme of this virtual race will be “Race Where You Are.” An opening ceremony honoring survivors and top fundraisers will occur at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. Before then, the affiliate will host online get-togethers; fundraising training; and other remote activities leading up to the virtual event.