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Published on August 29, 2013

Time to register for 23rd annual
Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer

Register now for the 23rd annual Especially For You® (EFY) Race Against Breast Cancer. Race day is Sunday, Oct. 13. Co-founders of the race are Mercy Medical Center and General Mills.

Teams can register for the race online at www.especiallyforyourace.org through Monday, Sept. 9. Team packets can be turned in on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; or on Thurs., Sept. 12, from 7 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 4 to 6 p.m. in Lundy Pavilion at Mercy Medical Center.

Individuals can register online through Sunday, Oct. 6 and in person up until 7:30 a.m. on race day. Early registration is encouraged. In addition to offering registration options, the EFY website allows race participants to access breast cancer resources, order EFY merchandise and share personal stories electronically.

Race Day

The Oct. 13 race begins at 8 a.m. just outside the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center on 10th St. SE. Prior to the race, a breast cancer survivor’s photo will be taken at 7:30 a.m. sharp at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center healing garden, located to the left of the building’s front entrance. Opening ceremonies for the race will start at 7:45 a.m. Post-race activities, including refreshments and music, will take place on 8th St. between 4th Ave. and 5th Ave. SE, just north of the Mercy campus. Everyone is welcome to participate in the 5K run, 5K walk or the one-mile family fun walk.

Those who register for the race receive an EFY t-shirt and goodie bag.  This year’s t-shirt color is cardinal red.

How You Help

Race organizers expect approximately 16,000 registrations this year. Last year, 15,245 people took part to support the EFY Fund, which is used locally and provides breast-care services such as mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies, Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) and support services for individuals in need. In 2012, 741 individuals received 1,059 services.
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. She helped organize 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.

For more information, visit www.especiallyforyourace.org or call the EFY race line at (319) 398-6582. In addition to the online registration option, race registration forms and information can be downloaded from the race website or may be picked up at Mercy’s Especially for You office at the main hospital campus.  

Breast cancer is most treatable and curable when detected in its earliest stages. Even so, breast cancer claims nearly 40,000 lives each year. This number can be reduced with early detection through clinical breast exams and mammography.

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