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Families: Volunteer, Race or Donate To The Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure

October 5, 2012 6:00 AM

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(Source: Susan B. Komen Foundation)

(Source: Susan B. Komen Foundation)

The 17th annual Miami/Fort Lauderdale Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure kicks off on October 20 in Bayfront Park and there are plenty of ways that you and your family can join in the fight against breast cancer. Each year the race has grown and organizers are hoping to break last year’s attendance record by having over 23,000 people participate. Your family can help by either volunteering your time, donating your money, participating in one of the many races or by raising money online. Registering only takes a couple of minutes of your time but the benefits to your family and to the victims of breast cancer last a lifetime.
 Komen Race For The Cure

(credit: CBS4)

5K Run/Walk & One Mile Fun Walk
Bayfront Park
301 N. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 383-7116
www.komenmiaftl.org

The most well-known way to participate in the Race for the Cure is to be in the race itself. You and your family can form a “friends and family” team online and participate in the 5K Run, the 5K Walk or the One Mile Fun Walk. Of the three options, the One Mile Fun Walk is most recommended for families simply because it’s less physically taxing on the older, younger and physically ill members of the family. To participate, simply pay the registration fee and pick up your race packet at Footworks in South Miami or at selected Publix locations. An online fundraising website is included in your registration so that you can get extended members of your friends and family to participate as well.

Related: A Guide to Bayfront Park

 Komen Race For The Cure

(credit: CBS4)

Tot Race
Bayfront Park
301 N. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 383-7116
www.komenmiaftl.org

At the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, even the little ones can help. The Tot Race invites children from ages two to seven to take a quick run along the waterside at Bayfront Park. This is a no-pressure race that allows your tike to just be a kid and have fun while helping out someone in need. Just as with the other races, registration is open until race day but the best bet is to register early so that your family can raise funds online to support this worthy cause. Race participants are encouraged to raise between $100 to $150 per team, which is a small price to pay to create social awareness in your child’s life from an early age.

 Komen Race For The Cure

(credit: CBS4)

Volunteer
Bayfront Park
301 N. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 383-7116
www.komenmiaftl.org

For many people, running is not an option either due to physical ailments or due to a distaste for running itself. That’s why volunteering is a great alternative. Volunteers for the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure are supplied by the Miami Dolphins Special Teams volunteer program, an organization that volunteers year round to local charities. Your family can participate before, during or after the race and any time that you donate is tailored to your schedule. Simply go to the local Race for the Cure website and follow the link for the Miami Dolphins Special Teams program. It takes two to three minutes to register online and the only requirement is a valid I.D.

 Sleep

(credit: AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Sleep in for the Cure
www.miamiftl.info-komen.org

Sleep In for the Cure is a way to participate without actually attending the race. You and your family can register online just as you would if you were running or walking. Select the Sleep In for the Cure option, create your online fundraising website and raise funds online from your friends and family. You even get a race packet just like the runners which you can either pick up or have shipped to you for $5. It’s a great way for your family to do the work without breaking a sweat.

 Komen Logo

(credit: Susan B. Komen Foundation)

Donate
www.miamiftl.info-komen.org

If your family knows someone who is participating in the race or someone who is a survivor of breast cancer, donating is a great way to offer support. Just go to the donation tab under the Komen Race for the Cure heading on the local Komen website. If you are donating to a participant or team, enter their name in the required field. If you are donating on someone’s behalf, just click on the the “make a donation” subheading and enter that person’s name. It takes a few minutes and a couple of dollars to do either task but the benefits to a breast cancer patient are priceless.

Related: Best Running Paths In South Florida

Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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