EUGENE, Ore. – Teams who fundraise for the Race for Cure in Eugene are helping breast cancer patients in Oregon.
For every dollar donated to Komen, 75 percent goes back into programs in Oregon after expenses.
Andrew Asato, the CEO of Komen Oregon, said the other 25 percent is pooled together with other money from across the country to provide grants to research institutions.
Asato said over the years, Komen has put about $31 million back into the community, supporting early detection, survivors and advocacy research.
He said Oregon has some of the biggest and most productive races in the country, and more than 1,000 people typically turn out for the race in Eugene.
“Family members, spouses, husbands, wives, grandmas, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and co-workers all go through this together,” Asato said. “Our goal with the race is about providing that space, that safe space, that celebratory space, to honor, to memorialize, to know you’re not alone on that journey.”
Asato said many of the research dollars raised at the race are actually spent in Oregon – at Oregon Health & Science University, the Knight Cancer Institute and Providence Cancer Institute.