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Our Person of the Week unifies thousands at the Race for the Cure

May 17 2013 | no comments

Tens of thousands of people will converge on downtown Detroit Saturday for the annual Race for the Cure.

The person behind it is Detroit 2020′s Person of the Week.


They gather to run or walk as survivors—or supporters—and too many times—in memory of lives lost to breast cancer.

Each year thousands fill the streets of downtown Detroit for the Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure.

“The disease means a lot to me personally. I’m a 22 year breast cancer survivor,” said Maureen Keenan Meldrum. A survivor—and for 22 years—”Mo” Meldrum has focused her energy on fighting this disease as chair of the Detroit event.

“There are 2.9 million survivors in the United States today so we’ll be celebrating that survivorship. We’ll also be celebrating the lives of those who are lost to this disease, 40,000 every year in the United States alone,” Meldrum said.

“I think we are trending up over last year by between 5 and 10 percent,” she said. Which means some 40,000 people will lace up their shoes to raise millions of dollars for local programs and to fund research to find a cure.

“We never know how many people will register on race morning. Everyone is welcome, that’s for sure,” Meldrum added.

For her dedication to the cause—Detroit 2020 honors breast cancer survivor—and Komen Detroit Race chair—Maureen “Mo” Keenan Meldrum as our Detroit 2020 Person of the Week.

Click here to go to the Race for the Cure website.


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