We are pleased to bring to North Platte, Nebraska an event to help fight breast cancer. Breast cancer comprises 11 percent of all cancer incidents among women, making it the second most common type of non-skin cancer after lung cancer. In 2013, breast cancer claimed approximately 400,000 lives. Someone is diagnosed with breast cancer every 3 minutes and someone dies from breast cancer every 14 minutes. Several years ago, my mother, Vera Mendonca, was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a series of treatments, including a mastectomy. Over the past few years, we watched her go through the pains and struggles of this disease,as you can imagine, this was very hard on our entire family. My mom and her story is all the passion and drive I need to make this event a success. Today, Mom is a breast cancer survivor, but this is not the case for many families. How do we find a cure? Through research, but as we all know, research takes money. Please join us in this feat to help find a cure.Our mission is to help find a cure to put an end to breast cancer. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness, but more importantly, to raise funds for breast cancer research. We welcome anyone and everyone who is willing and able to participate in this event.
Proceeds from Running to Cure Breast Cancer events will go directly to the Callahan Cancer Center. At the Callahan Cancer Center at Great Plains Health Hospital, located in North Platte, Nebraska, we combine the latest tools for science with compassionate care to help you and your family in your fight against cancer. Our highly-skilled team of physicians, nurses and technicians work with you and your family to develop a customized treatment plan. Great Plains Health Hospital cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, which places us among the one-fifth of the country's hospitals with approved cancer programs.