Susan G. Komen Race comes to RiverWorks

Posted at 12:06 PM, Jun 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-11 15:51:10-04

Thousands took part in the annual Susan G. Komen Western New York Race for the Cure on Saturday morning. This year the event had a new location, Buffalo RiverWorks.

The event raises funds and awareness for breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship, and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.

This event is the largest fundraiser of the year for Susan G. Komen Western New York and the signature event for Komen affiliates worldwide.

About 75 percent of the proceeds from the race are invested in local breast health and breast cancer programs offering education, screenings and treatment services in Western New York.

The remaining 25 percent of proceeds are dedicated to breast cancer research through the Komen National Research Grants program.

For the last 15 years, the Race for the Cure was held in Delaware Park and made its way through the Elmwood Village.

"The Komen WNY Board of Directors saw a need to keep the Race for the Cure festivities and route fresh and exciting, and we believe the move to RiverWorks does just that," said Komen Board President Kincaid.

"With our changing city and all of the excitement for downtown, we feel that to grow our race and, therefore, our mission of saving lives, we needed to make some changes."