In Massachusetts, 133 women out of every 100,000 will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
This means that during your lifetime, there's a chance that you, a family member or friend could be diagnosed. Luckily, thanks to awareness, research and investment into the prevention of breast cancer by organizations like Susan G. Komen for the Cure, mortality rates are dropping, and more and more people are coming together to support those fighting against breast cancer.
More than 7,000 breast cancer survivors and supporters will take to the streets of Boston this weekend for the 2012 Komen Massachusetts Race for the Cure. The 5k timed race and untimed walk will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 10 a.m. in Joe Moakley Park, South Boston.
One local runner is Pattie Lin, a 20-year-old Northeastern University student who plans to run the entire race singing and playing the ukelele.
"As a student of physical therapy at Northeastern University, I have seen firsthand the lasting impacts that battles with cancer have on patients' abilities to perform daily activities," she said. "I am challenging myself to combine some of the things I love to do (singing, running) to raise money for the prevention and care of all breast cancer patients."
To get involved, you can register online either as a team or an individual through Oct. 17, then you may register on the day of the race in person. If you can't be there in person, you can also donate to the cause.