WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Organizers of Wilmington's first Susan G. Komen for the Cure are setting the record straight on any concerns it competes with one of the area's largest breast cancer fundraisers.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation expanded its national fundraising efforts to Wilmington about a year ago. This past weekend, over 2400 people participated in the inaugural 'race for the cure' in downtown Wilmington.
The event raised over $253,000.
Leigh Johnson, Regional Development Manager for the Susan G. Komen Foundation says while Komen is the largest and best-funded breast cancer organization in the United States, it does not compete for dollars with the Pink Ribbon Project.
"No, not at all. The Pink Ribbon Project is a service organization. We do not provide a service. The Pink Ribbon Project can apply for grants from us," Johnson says.
The Pink Ribbon Project raises money to provide comfort bags for women and men undergoing breast cancer treatment. It's managed by New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation.
Johnson says the expansion of the Komen Foundation into the Wilmington area should only improve breast cancer research, education and care for local patients.
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