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Published on September 27, 2012

Still time to register for Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer

Registration is still open for the 22nd annual Especially for You® (EFY) Race Against Breast Cancer. To date, more than 13,000 individuals have registered to participate!

This year’s race is Sunday, Oct. 7. Opening ceremonies are at 7:45 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. There’s a new starting line this year – on 10th St. SE just outside Mercy’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center.

Individuals can register for the race online through Sept. 30 at After Sept. 30, registration can be completed in-person by going to the Especially for You Race office at Mercy Medical Center. On race day, registration takes place at Mercy’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center lobby from 7 to 7:30 a.m. For additional information, call the EFY race line at (319) 398-6582.

General Mills and Mercy Medical Center are co-founders of the race, which includes a 5K run, 5K walk or a one-mile family fun walk.

Last year 15,793 people registered for the race to support the Especially for You fund. The fund provides mammography and other breast-care services for women who lack health insurance or financial resources. In 2011, 628 individuals received 889 services through the fund.

The race and the fund are dedicated to the memory of Sandy Knight, a Whittier resident and General Mills employee who died of breast cancer in July 1991. Knight co-founded Mercy’s Especially for You After Breast Cancer Support Group. Her dream was to establish a race to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and education.

You’ll find everything you need to prepare for the race online at, including up-to-date race information, registration forms, EFY merchandise and breast cancer resources.

Breast cancer survivors are invited to gather at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center parking lot, near the main stage, at 7:15 a.m. on race morning to participate in a group photo, which will be taken at 7:30 a.m. sharp.

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