Ocean City, you have made a difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer, and you sure know how to have a good time while doing it!
On Sunday, April 19 the inlet was flooded by a sea of pink as thousands of volunteers, breast cancer survivors, co-survivors, sponsors and supporters championed our mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever at the 4th Annual Susan G. Komen Maryland Ocean City Race for the Cure. We were blown away by the energy and enthusiasm during our weekend activities leading up to the Race. Friday and Saturday’s walk-up registration at the Carousel, Friday night’s Concert for the Cure at Seacrets, Saturday’s Planet Maze event, and Saturday’s Skate for the Cure at the Carousel.
We’d like to say “thank you” to everyone who helped make this event such a success! Thank you to all of our top-level sponsors, the Town of Ocean City, WBOC 16, Fidelity Power Systems, Seacrets and the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. Without our sponsors, the Race would not have been possible.
Thank you to our “Paint the Town Pink” business participants, Long & Foster, Brass Balls Saloon and Vintage Resort Realty, for putting their creativity on display to demonstrate their support for Komen Maryland’s mission. After much deliberation, we’d like to say “Congratulations” to our winner, Long & Foster, who has been a supporter of ours for the past four years. As a thank you for their participation, they’ll receive a weeklong digital billboard advertisement from Seaboard Media that moves up and down the Maryland coast.
And finally, thank you to our 2,171 registered runners and walkers in the Race and their supporters who helped raise more than $200,000, as of April 20. Donations are still coming in, and our website will remain open for contributions for the next month.
These contributions will fund local organizations that provide screening, treatment and survivor support to the people who need it most. In 2015 Komen Maryland awarded $1,080,294 to 17 grant programs across the state. As a part of this total amount, $348,200 was awarded to six grant programs specifically serving the Eastern Shore region.
In addition, Komen Maryland provided more than $460,000 to transformative research on the national level. Since 1982, Susan G. Komen has funded more than $800 million in research resulting in groundbreaking discoveries that directly impact treatment. Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research outside of the federal government and has played a role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer.
As a resident of West Ocean City, I am so proud of this community and the role you played this weekend in supporting or mission. It is because of all of you that we are able to do what we do. Thank you!
Jill Brady, Komen Maryland Ocean City Race Manager