BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball returned to its active fall community service schedule, as the team participated in Maryland's Race for the Cure with a 5K walk. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series is the world's largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created.
"Every year that we participate in the Race for the Cure, we are inspired by the tenacity of those fighting breast cancer and those who have survived the battle," said junior guard/forward Liz McNaughton. "More than a few of us have lost someone to breast cancer or have fortunately been able to hold on to them because of their determination to survive. These brave warriors instill hope in us and ultimately help us with our battles, as little as they may be, on and off the court."
Prior to taking part in their eighth consecutive Susan G. Komen race, the Retrievers helped to raise $985, which will go towards the Komen Maryland funds.
Because early detection is the best protection for breast cancer, the Komen Maryland funds grants that increase the number of women who receive annual screening mammograms and clinical breast exams, with up to 75 percent of the net funds raised by the Komen Maryland Race for the Cure staying in the Maryland community to fund these vital breast cancer programs. The remaining 25 percent of funding supports national research to find the cures for breast cancer.
"Being able to participate in the Race for the Cure was a great opportunity to support a great cause," said sophomore center Pandora Wilson. "It was exciting to see people from different ages, races, and organizations coming out together to walk or run. It's an easy way to get involved in the community and we hope that one day our annual participation will make a difference for those with this disease, and their loved ones."