REMINDER: OCA-YP team entry in 2005 National Race for the Cure
- 2005 OCA-YP Team Entry in Komen National Race for the Cure![Register by April 15th to qualify for the discounted registration!]OCA-YP is forming another team to participate in the 2005 Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer research and treatment. This year's race will take place on the morning of Saturday June 4th around the National Mall and downtown DC. The race course is 5K (3.1 miles) and there is no fitness or speed requirement as there will be separate groups for walkers and runners. All you need is willingness to help out in a good cause to eradicate this terrible disease.Last year's team captain Alan Chien is returning to lead the 2005 team. In our inaugural season last year, we had over 20 OCA-YP participants and we raised over $1200. We want to do even better this year. Join our team and help us beat last year's performance! Not only is it a great cause, it's also a lot of fun.To cost to enter as a participant is $30 if you register online by April 15th, and this fee includes the cost of a T-shirt and race packet. In May you will then be able to go to one of several registration sites around the DC/VA/MD area to pick up your t-shirt and race packet, or you can pay an extra $5 online to have the shirt and packet mailed to you. Any donations you make above and beyond the registration fee is tax deductible.To register online for the OCA-YP team, follow the following steps:1) Go to the race home page at:2) Click on "Registration"3) Click on the red bar for "Join an Existing Team"4) Type OCA-YP (no quotes) in the box for Team Name and click on "Search for a Team"5) It should find the OCA-YP team. Click on the link that says "join".6) Pick the $30 or $35 option. These options are identical except that for $35 you will have the t-shirt and packet mailed to you, whereas for $30 you have to go pick it up yourself at one of several locations in the DC area some time in May. Note: after April 15th, both of these options will increase by $5 each, so we recommend that you register online by April 15th.7) Fill out the online form. You should be able to pay with visa or mastercard. You'll have to pick a username and password because they're going to create a page on the website for all registered participants to track your donations and pledges from your friends. Of course getting pledges is optional but we encourage it. If they ask you for a 3-letter code, it's "OCA", but I think that's only needed if you don't pre-register and you use the paper registration form in person.If you can't make it that day but would like to make a donation/pledge anyway, we would welcome donations in the name of our OCA-YP team members. Just follow the same steps 1#1 and #2 as above, but in step #3 click on the link for "Find a Participant to Sponsor". Then type "OCA-YP" in the team name box, hit "Search", and click on the name of anyone on the OCA-YP team to sponsor.Feel free to e-mail Alan at ocayp@... if you have any questions about the race or the procedures. We hope to see you all participating in this great cause!The Officers of OCA-YPBelow is information about the race, quoted from the Race Info page:---------------------Race Info
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation National Race for the Cure� is a 5K run/walk hosting more than 52,000 participants in 2004. The Race will return to the streets of the Nation's Capital on Saturday, June 4, 2005.
The Komen National Race for the Cure� has grown from 7,000 participants in 1990 to over 52,000 participants in 2004. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer at the age of 36.
Today, it is an international organization with more than 75,000 volunteers and 100 Komen Race for the Cure� events across the country and internationally. Since its inception, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has funded more than 1,000 research projects. The Foundation remains the nation�s largest private provider of funds for breast cancer research and community outreach programs.
Where the money goes�
The Komen National Race for the Cure� is a significant contributor to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Every donation to the Komen National Race for the Cure� has a direct impact on the Foundation's mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease through the advancement of research, education, screening and treatment programs.
A minimum of $1 million from the 2005 Komen National Race for the Cure� net proceeds remained in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., community - including Virginia and Maryland - to provide funding for breast health and breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs for the medically under-served. The remaining net proceeds support cutting-edge breast cancer research through the Komen Foundation Award and Research Grant Program, with a number of grantees in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The Foundation's Award and Research Grant Program is internationally recognized for its blinded, peer-review process, which has provided funding for some of the most significant breakthroughs in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment during the last 20 years.
In the Washington, D.C. area, the Komen Foundation works with local medical experts and community leaders to conduct a comprehensive community needs assessment. This community profile is used to establish local grant application and review processes consistent with the Foundation's national standards and its mission.
The Komen National Race is part of the Komen Foundation's Race for the Cure� Series, which is made up of more than 100 Race events in communities across America. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation keeps overall general administrative and fund-raising expenses to less than 25 percent. Eighty cents of every dollar raised by the Komen Foundation goes directly to mission-related expenses. For a copy of the Komen Foundation's annual report, please visit www.komen.org
Entry fees paid to participate in the Komen National Race are not tax deductible according to the Internal Revenue Service. Any donations made in addition to the entry fee, including pledges collected, are tax deductible.
Take METRO to the Race
Metro will open early on Race day. On weekends, park FREE at Metro-operated lots. To plan your trip, go to http://www.wmata.com or call 202-637-7000 (TTY 202-638-3780).
Medical Aid Stations/Ambulances Medical aid stations and ambulances will be located at the start and the finish line and along the Race route. Divisions Open division: Female, male, breast cancer survivor and wheelchair. Age groups: Female and male in each category: 20-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over; Breast cancer survivors: Masters 40-59; Senior 60+ EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES: PERFORM A BREAST SELF-EXAM MONTHLY.
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