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Did any­one hap­pen to see the Old City of Jerusalem lit up in pink? What a sight! Leave it to Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® to part­ner with the City of Jerusalem and Hadas­sah to cel­e­brate Breast Can­cer Week in style. Hundreds of onlook­ers rev­eled as sig­nif­i­cant his­toric sites were lit in pink to gather for the first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Israel. A num­ber of del­e­gates from global and Israeli orga­ni­za­tions were on hand to advance the breast can­cer move­ment in Israel. The main event today was  the Susan G. Komen Israel Race for the Cure, hosted by Jeru­asalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

The idea behind the the fes­tiv­i­ties is to engage as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble in the move­ment to find a cure. Most glob­al­ly have no idea that breast can­cer is the lead­ing cause of death in women ages 15 – 54 and the sec­ond lead­ing cause of death in women between the ages of 55 – 74. Israel sees some 4,000 new cases of breast can­cer each year.

It is note­wor­thy to see forward-thinking orga­ni­za­tions that wish to erad­i­cate can­cer come to Israel. This is espe­cially true at a time when Israel has made many  con­ces­sions towards peace but has not seen the same efforts in return.

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“The out­pour­ing of sup­port and friend­ship we have received from Mayor Barkat and our many friends in Israel under­scores our long and warm rela­tion­ships in this coun­try,” Brinker said. “Our very first inter­na­tional research grant went to the Weiz­mann Insti­tute in 1994, and we have part­nered with many other orga­ni­za­tions over the years. It has been a dream of mine to deepen the work of the breast can­cer move­ment here for all women, and I’m thrilled that this dream is com­ing true.”

Komen Founder & CEO Ambas­sador, Nancy Good­man Brinker

Photo Credit: JPost

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