Despite inclement weather, in Rome alone, more than 81,000 people participated in the Race for the Cure: four days of health, sport and solidarity organized each year by the Komen Italia Association, which has been active in the fight against breast cancer for years.
From the United States to Italy, this is the most famous race among women against cancer.
The first Race for the Cure took place in 1982 in Dallas, Texas (USA). Since then, more than 130 races are held each year throughout the entire world, involving more than one million participants. In Rome, the program is designed to build public awareness and raise funds for breast cancer treatments and consists in two running races and a walk for both professional athletes and amateur runners. Throughout the four-day event, set in the beautiful surroundings of Circus Maximus, a multitude of stands involved participants in breast cancer information and prevention activities. This “Health Village”, inaugurated this year by Laura Mattarella and Mayor Virginia Raggi, offered 3,000 specialized consultations for the prevention of the most common diseases that affect women. Like every year, the protagonists of the event are the Women in Pink, courageous women who have fought or are currently fighting breast cancer and have decided to take their personal experiences public.
Domedica has a deep understanding of the problems that patients affected by must face and participated in the Race for the Cure this year; 14 staff members sported their race numbers in support of the initiative.
Race for the Cure: great numbers to arrive at zero.
The large number of participants in this year’s race allows to create new projects to promote prevention and ensure the best treatments for women with breast cancer as well as invest in research and innovation on the topic of women’s health. Since 2000, the first year the Race for the Cure was held in Italy, several refresher courses for healthcare workers and programs for women and students have been created, clinical services for the psycho-physical well-being of women who have undergone surgery have been offered and diagnostic and treatment devices for breast cancer have been bought. The amazing turnout this year has confirmed the success of this initiative in Italy, one of the countries that registers the highest number of participants each year. An incredible result, but according to Riccardo Masetti, president of Komen Italia and Director of the Integrated Breast Cancer Center at Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, “There’s still a lot of work to do.” Even though breast cancer is becoming more and more treatable, the disease still takes 12,000 women each year. The objective of the Race for the Cure is to reduce this number to zero as soon as possible.
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