Cause to Run™ Teams Support California Breast Cancer Research Program

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


Lyn Dunagan

March 17, 2010—Oakland, CA—The California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) has been selected as a featured beneficiary of the 2010 San Francisco Marathon™.  Runners participating in The San Francisco Marathon™ on July 25 can join the CBCRP’s Cause to Run™ teams and raise funds that support breast cancer research in California.

“I’m touched by the dedication and enthusiasm of our Team CBCRP runners,” said Mhel Kavanaugh-Lynch, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the California Breast Cancer Research Program. “The support we’ve received from both the Cause to Run fundraising programs and The San Francisco Marathon greatly benefits research that will reduce the burden of breast cancer in California.”

The Cause to Run™ fundraising program allows runners participating in The San Francisco Marathon™, which includes a full marathon, two half marathons, a 5K, and a progressive marathon, to collect pledges and donations on behalf of featured charities. A 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. A Race for Free™ program is for experienced runners who want to raise funds to offset their registration fee. Volunteers and other non-runners are also welcome.

“People don’t have to run to join,” said team leader, Lyn Dunagan. “We also need volunteers to hand out race packets and water, and I invite everyone to come out and support the runners.”

In 2009, 25 Team CBCRP runners raised $22,780 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.
Race for Free™, Train for Free™, and Cause to Run™ are administered by Community to Community, who produces The San Francisco Marathon™. Thirty percent of funds raised through The San Francisco Marathon™ go to Community to 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 To learn more about the Race for Free™ or Train for Free™ programs, visit For more information about the CBCRP’s involvement with The San Francisco Marathon™, visit


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 860 grants to 98 scientific institutions and community entities, totaling more than $205 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