We Race Because…
Washington, D.C. has the highest incidence rate of invasive breast cancer in the United States: 126 women per 100,000. In 2014, Komen released a wide-ranging analysis of the state of breast health in the National Capital Region, and found that women diagnosed with breast cancer in the National Capital Region are still more likely to die from the disease than the national average.
In April, 2016, Komen announced over $1 million in new community grants to eight breast cancer organizations serving the National Capital Region. Since its inception in 1990, funds raised from the Komen Washington, D.C. Race for the Cure have provided more than $36 million for more than 300 community grants to local programs in the National Capital Region, aimed at low-income, minority and uninsured women in areas where breast cancer rates are the highest. Additionally, more than $44 million has been invested in over 152 grants to breast cancer researchers at institutions in the National Capital Region.