Train for Free™ and Cause to Run™ Teams Support California Breast Cancer Research Program

Contacts

Lyn Dunagan
510-987-0037
lyn.dunagan@ucop.edu

California Breast Cancer Research Program is Featured Beneficiary of San Francisco Marathon™

February 19, 2009—Oakland, CA—The California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) has been selected as a featured beneficiary of the 2009 San Francisco Marathon™.  Runners participating in The San Francisco Marathon™ on July 26 can join the CBCRP’s Cause to Run™ or Train for Free™ teams and raise funds that support breast cancer research in California.

“We are delighted to again receive the support of The San Francisco Marathon and its race producer, Community2Community,” said Mhel Kavanaugh-Lynch, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the California Breast Cancer Research Program. “The Cause to Run program has supported meaningful research in breast cancer, and the new Train for Free program will offer another way for people to not only pursue their fitness goals but also extend our ability to pursue solutions to breast cancer issues.”

The Cause to Run™ fundraising program allows runners participating in The San Francisco Marathon™, 2 Half Marathons, 5K, or Progressive Marathon to collect pledges and donations on behalf of featured charities. The Train for Free™ program combines 18 weeks of training and nutrition support with fundraising seminars to help runners meet new fitness goals while also collecting pledges and donations for their selected charity. Volunteers and other non-runners are also welcome.

Urgently Needed Research
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in California, and 4200 Californians die each year from the disease. Nearly 20,000 Californians will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Eighty percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.

“Breast cancer is a varied and highly complex disease,” says Dr. Kavanaugh-Lynch, M.D., Director of the CBCRP, “a puzzle made up of millions of pieces. The California Breast Cancer Research Program supports research that can build a picture from those pieces.”

Forming Team CBCRP
The California Breast Cancer Research Program is forming “Team CBCRP” for runners interested in participating in The San Francisco Marathon™, 2 Half Marathons, 5K, or Progressive Marathon and contributing to vital breast cancer research. “People don’t have to run to join,” said team leader, Lyn Dunagan. “We need volunteers to hand out race packets and water, and to support the runners.”

In 2008, 19 Team CBCRP runners raised $10,870 for the California Breast Cancer Research Program through The San Francisco Marathon’s™ Cause to Run™, and volunteers registered racers, handed out racing supplies, and took care of other behind-the-scenes details.

Train for Free™ and Cause to Run™ are administered by Community 2 Community, who produces The San Francisco Marathon™. Twenty-five percent of funds raised through The San Francisco Marathon™ go to Community 2 Community for administration expenses, which also support Youth Run4Fun, a sustainable, community-based running and fitness program for underserved Bay Area youth.
 
To join Team CBCRP’s Cause to Run™, visit (http://tinyurl.com/team16). To participate in the Train for Free™ program, visit www.runsfm.com/teams/racefree.html. For more information about the CBCRP’s involvement with The San Francisco Marathon™, visit www.cabreastcancer.org/support/run2009.php.

About the California Breast Cancer Research Program:
The mission of the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) is to eliminate breast cancer by leading innovation in research, communication, and collaboration in the California scientific and lay communities.

Created by the State Legislature in 1993, the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) is the largest state-funded breast cancer research program in the nation and is administered by the University of California, Office of the President. To date, the CBCRP has awarded 803 grants to 95 scientific institutions and community entities, totaling more than $189 million for research in California to prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer. Awards include traditional investigator-initiated projects, community-based collaborative research projects, and program-directed special research initiatives. Grants from the CBCRP fill gaps not traditionally funded by other research programs to jump-start new areas of investigation that push the boundaries of research and foster new collaborations. The CBCRP is funded through the voluntary tax check-off program on personal income tax form 540, a portion of the state tobacco tax, and individual contributions. For more information, call 888 313-2277, or visit www.cabreastcancer.org.