The History of The Susan G. Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure�
A local partnership formed 17 years ago continues today in hopes of finding a cure for breast cancer. In 1990, St. Luke's Hospital (now Genesis Medical Center) and the Junior League of the Quad Cities joined together to present the first Komen Race for the Cure.
After years of supporting Race as a major media sponsor, KWQC-TV6 became a presenting sponsor in 2000 along with Genesis Medical Center. While each organization has unique reasons for supporting the effort, together they're committed to the Komen Foundation mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.
Genesis Medical Center opened the Center for Breast Health (CBH) in 1994, offering comprehensive breast care in one location, including the latest diagnostic technology and a team of breast health specialists. Women have access to surgical consultations as well as biopsies and imaging procedures.
Education is an important weapon in the fight against breast cancer. The Center educates women about breast cancer through a community speaker's bureau and instructional classes on breast health issues.
Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure is the major fund-raising project of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Quad Cities Affiliate. Up to seventy-five percent of the net proceeds from the Komen Quad Cities are used locally to provide mammography and breast prosthesis vouchers to medically underserved and underinsured women, in addition to educational efforts. Twenty-five percent of the net proceeds from Race help fund the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Award and Research Grant Program.
KWQC-TV6 has served the greater Quad Cities area for more than 50 years and is known for its generous support of community activities. Each year the station donates considerable air-time to promote Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure and provides numerous volunteer hours for the event. KWQC-TV6 also supports wellness and education on breast health, throughout .the year.
Since its inception in 1990, the Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure has grown to the second largest race in the Quad Cities. During that same time, the local race has raised over $3.75 million and now provides more that 1500 mammograms yearly to eligible women in our service area.
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