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10. Race for the Cure: 40,000 people run to raise awareness against Breast Cancer

Forty thousand people run through Athens and sent their own symbolic message against breast cancer. The 10th Race for the Cure Against Breast Cancer took place on Sunday under the auspices of Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

The event included a 5 km race and a 2 km walk.

The race started in Zappeion near Syntagma square.

Women, men and children, young and old, run or walked to raise awareness about the breast cancer, prevention and early diagnosis.

“Two words are important today: joy and life,” president of the Greek Association of Women with Breast Cancer  “Alma Zois” (Leap of Life) Kleopatra Gavriilidou stated. “Today we prove that that we have overcome the difficulties and we are here, fighting and strong until the breast cancer belongs to the past.”

“We pave the way today, we talk about the importance of prevention, we celebrate our lives and we honor those women who are no longer among us,” she added.

The annual race is an initiative of the Greek Association of Women with Breast Cancer “Alma Zois” (Leap of Life) and is held with the support of the Athens Culture, Sport and Youth Organization (OPANDA) with the approval of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, which launched the race about three decades ago in the United States.

3,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Greece every year.

The 10th Race for the Cure is normally held every last Sunday of September, however, this year was postponed for a week later, due to weather conditions.

Across the world, 1.3 million new cases are documented annually, 27.3% of them in Europe.

The Greek Association of Women with Breast Cancer “Alma Zois” is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by women who had personally experienced breast cancer. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that all the members, volunteers and members of the Board are women with breast cancer experience .
The Association offers psycho-social support, reach to recovery for peer support, audits in the health clinics, information seminars as well as tips during chemotherapy. It also informs breast cancer patients about their labor rights and social benefits and has a thorough program to raise awareness about breast cancer.
Alma Zois has 1,700 members, 150 trained volunteers and 20 members of the scientific committee.

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