Editorial: Still racing for the cure
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is one of the biggest fundraisers in Aspen each year, and the event returns to Rio Grande Park on Saturday. Chances are good you know someone who has either survived breast cancer or succumbed to it.
For the employees of The Aspen Times, Saturday’s Race for the Cure will have heightened meaning. Already a breast cancer survivor, our publisher, Gunilla Asher, learned earlier this year that the cancer had spread all over her body. She has Stage 4 cancer and went to Houston on Sunday to begin chemotherapy treatment. She’ll be there for another four weeks undergoing treatment.
To show our support, we’ve created “Team Super G,” composed of Aspen Times workers and friends of Gunilla.
We’re among the 20 teams signed up for the race as of Thursday, along with the many individuals who will toe the line for the one-mile, five-kilometer and 10-kilometer races.
The Race for the Cure is one of the reasons enormous strides have been made in breast cancer research and medicine. Even so, it trails only lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer fatalities among women, according to the American Cancer Society.
This year alone, an estimated 39,620 will die from breast cancer, and another 232,340 new cases will be diagnosed, as well, based on data from the society. But there are also 2.9 million breast cancer survivors living in the U.S.
Early detection remains the key to overcoming breast cancer, and the Cancer Society recommends that women older than 40 have screening mammograms on an annual basis, provided their health is good.
On Saturday at Rio Grande Park in Aspen, you will hear survivors tell their stories of hope and inspiration, and you will feel the presence of those who are unable to attend.
It’s one of the many ways to raise awareness of this deadly disease and, we hope, eventually find a cure. We hope to see you there.
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