Faith Dreher, a 12-year breast cancer survivor, and her mother will join thousands of others for Tulsa’s largest one-day breast cancer fundraiser.
Held at ONEOK Field on Saturday, Sept. 28, the Susan G. Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure carries special meaning for Dreher and those affected by breast cancer.
“It’s important for me to attend this event to pay tribute to others who lost the battle with cancer, and to encourage people going through the battle now,” says Dreher, an 18-year employee of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), who also treated at the hospital.
Events like the Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure help raise millions of dollars toward breast cancer research and programs. Since 1997, the local affiliate has invested more than $5.4 million in breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs in Tulsa County, with an emphasis on the medically underserved.
Katherine Anderson, National Director of Naturopathic Medicine at CTCA in Tulsa, is running in honor of her mother, a breast cancer survivor, and all her patients who battle the disease. Anderson has attended the race for more than a decade in the United States and Canada.
“Komen is such a wonderful organization and they have done so much to increase the awareness of breast cancer, from early detection to providing information on the most advanced and innovative treatment options available,” Anderson says.
Komen officials estimate there will be 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 64,640 new cases of in situ breast cancer among U.S. women in 2013. Among men, there will be 2,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer this year.
Dr. John Frame, a breast surgeon at CTCA in Tulsa, has also attended almost every Komen race for the past 15 years. This year, he is walking in honor of all his patients.
“I feel I am a spokesman for the breast cancer cause, so it’s important for me to participate in this event. More importantly, after taking care of breast cancer patients in Tulsa for the past 25-plus years I see many, many friends, patients and survivors there. It’s a very happy day,” says Dr. Frame.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® was founded in 1982 by Nancy Brinker, who promised her dying sister, Susan, that she would do everything possible to eradicate breast cancer. Today, Komen for the Cure is a global leader in the fight against breast cancer, having invested more than $1.9 billion in the cause.
To register for the race, visit Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure.