Detroit Race for the Cure canceled over COVID-19 fears

Posted at 8:03 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 20:03:11-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Susan G. Komen Greater Detroit organization says they have canceled the May 2 Race for the Cure because of the coronavirus.

The organization made the announcement in the following email:

We have been closely monitoring the news of the novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and the current state of cases found across the U.S and Michigan. In the interest of protecting the health and safety of our participants, volunteers, staff, and community, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Detroit Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Now more than ever, we need your support. Breast cancer doesn't take a break, and neither will we.

This important work is possible thanks to your support of our mission. Remember, online fundraising is still the quickest and easiest way to raise critical funds for the mission of Komen Greater Detroit without ever leaving home:

If you are not already registered, register today as a virtual participant and set up your participant center
Set a goal and share your fundraising link through email and social media with friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors.
Share your personal story — through email or social media. It's the best way to inspire your friends and family to donate.
Start a Facebook fundraiser through your participant center or reshare your existing fundraiser.

Your support makes it possible to fulfill our mission to serve our community and work toward a world without breast cancer. This year, we were able to grant more than $300,000 to programs right here in Metro Detroit, and we depend on the success of this year's fundraising effort to continue that mission.

Information will be shared on our website, Race registration site, and via social media and email.

With appreciation,
Jaye Sciullo
Executive Director

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