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Home > Mercy News > Registration is open for 2018 Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer
Published on April 12, 2018
Registration for the 28th annual Especially for You® (EFY) Race Against Breast Cancer is now open at www.especiallyforyourace.org. Race day is Sunday, Oct. 7.
Team registration is open through Sept. 7. Individuals may register up until 7:30 a.m. on race day. Reduced pricing is offered for those who register early.
The race proceeds provide financial assistance for breast-care and gynecological cancer services to local individuals in need. The EFY Fund now covers breast, ovarian, uterine, cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancer services at participating local medical providers.
Co-founders of the race are Mercy Medical Center and General Mills. Those who register for the race receive an EFY T-shirt and a General Mills goodie bag.
This year’s race T-shirt color will be determined by the outcome of public voting linked from the EFY website, as well as EFY and Mercy social media sites Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The three color choices are Irish green, retro heather coral and neon yellow. Voting ends on April 30 and the winning color will be revealed.
The EFY Race offers a 5K run, 5K walk or a family fun walk covering a course route similar to last year. The race starts at 8 a.m. just outside the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center on the Mercy Medical Center campus at 701 10th St. SE, finishing in the historic NewBo district on Cedar Rapids’ southeast side. Live music, a pancake breakfast and children’s activities will take place at the finish line.
Race organizers expect more than 15,000 registrations this year. Last year, 14,700 people participated and supported the EFY fund, which is used locally to provide financial assistance for breast-care services such as mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies, digital breast tomosynthesis and Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) for individuals in need. Financial assistance for services related to gynecological cancer screenings and testing are now included as well. Throughout the past 10 years, EFY has helped more than 5,500 people in need, right here in our community, access more than 10,000 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.