WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The numbers are up for the 2013 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure scheduled for Saturday at Old Salem.
While people are still signing up, the number of people planning to attend are still not expected to come close to where they were two years ago. Last year attendance dropped 40% locally after a national controversy erupted over Planned Parenthood funding. Now it is competition.
"Komen started with a race and they've been huge across the country and others are emulating races to bring a lot of awareness and raise a lot of money," said Diana Parrish, executive director of the Susan G. Komen Northwest NC.
"People have more causes to choose from, so as an organization we are looking at all kinds of fundraisers throughout the year because for mammograms we need to money," Parrish said.
Covering the cost for mammograms for those who can't afford them or insurance won't cover is the main goal of the local chapter. With mammograms being the key to early detection, the chapter helps people in eleven counties in Northwest North Carolina. Last month, the local chapter spent $570,000.00 to help cover mammogram cost in our area.
As competition grows, eating into the local chapter's budget, organizers are adjusting by adding more events from golf tournaments to a winter fundraiser planned in Guilford County. But the Race for the Cure will, for now, hold the title as the largest fundraiser in Northwest North Carolina.
"It's one of the most heartfelt moving races they'll probably ever do," said Judy McGill a breast cancer survivor who's volunteered with the race for 10 years now.
"I do it so my daughters, grand-daughters and no one else has to go through this," McGill said.