July 7, 2010 — The Vermont Association of REALTORS® is once again sponsoring the VT-NH Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Saturday, July 17th at Hildene Meadows, Manchester, Vermont. It’s the 9th year that Team REALTOR® will be participating.
The Vermont Association of REALTORS® has a long history of giving back to the community and this annual event garners enthusiastic participation among the REALTOR® community. This year Team REALTOR® is on track to increase the size of the team and is expecting 45 -50 supporters from across the state. They’ve made a $10,000 goal and are currently in second place for pledges made. See www.vtREALTOR.com for more about joining Team REALTOR® or making a pledge.
“Race for the Cure is all about community and hope,” says Team REALTOR® co-chair Mark Linton. “The events are amazing reminders about the power we have to make a big impact when we come together to tackle problems. It’s really moving to see so many neighbors and colleagues working to change the face of breast cancer – a disease that effects too many of our wives, mothers, aunts, sisters, daughters and friends.”
Last year the Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure awarded $464,690 to 19 community-based programs for breast cancer education, screening and treatment.
Since 1993 the organization has raised more than $6.7 million, of which $5 million (75% of funds raised) was devoted to breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs in Vermont and New Hampshire. The remaining $1.7 million went to support the Susan G. Komen national research program.
Grant recipients in Southern Vermont include the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for education, screenings and care services; and Forest Moon’s Renewing the Spirit Retreats for breast cancer survivors.
“This is one of the most uplifting events you could participate in and I am really excited for this year’s race,” says Betty McEnaney, Team REALTOR® co-chair. “The whole event highlights the best of Vermont – neighbors helping neighbors and supporting a great cause. My REALTOR® colleagues are so generous with their time and commitment to this event.”
This year’s Race for the Cure has lots of new ways to get involved and even has a new race day. It will be the first time that the race will be held on a Saturday. Other changes include Sleep in for the Cure, for people who can’t race but want to collect pledges and the Power of Ten, a fundraising incentive to have each team member ask ten people for a pledge of $10 each.
More information on the Vermont- New Hampshire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is at www.vtnhcure.org.