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Oregon’s ‘Race for the Cure’ Alternatives

September 21, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore. - Okay, so you didn't 'Race for the Cure' in Portland this weekend... but you're still concerned about fighting breast cancer in Oregon. There are other ways to help. Christine McDonald, executive director of the Oregon Susan G. Komen for the Cure chapter, says there's even a light-hearted alternative fundraiser for the non-running crowd.

"Until Tuesday, you can 'Sleep In for the Cure.' It's like a virtual running idea; we will send you a 'Race for the Cure' t-shirt and a pin, and you can continue to fund-raise for prizes, until October 20th."

The fund-raising goal this year for Oregon is three million dollars. McDonald says people also hold their own car washes, yard sales, block parties and other events.

She says one way the money is being used is to increase the number of mammograms for women around the state who don't have health insurance.

"Those numbers have jumped from 47,000 to actually 58,000 women who would qualify for our program. And last year, we were only able to give 9,000 women frees mammograms, so you can see; there's quite a disparity."

She says 75 percent of the money raised for the Oregon Susan G. Komen chapter stays in the state, and just in the past five years she has seen the payoff, with major progress in the types of treatment options available to women.

Sign up for "Sleep In for the Cure" at www.komenoregon.org

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR