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Komen Maine Names 2014 Bangor New Balance Survivor
Komen Maine Names 2014 Bangor New Balance Survivor


Komen Maine, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® statewide Affiliate, announced its 2014 Bangor New Balance Survivor is Karen Economy of Hermon.

Each year, Komen Maine, in partnership with New Balance, selects a breast cancer survivor to recognize at Susan G. Komen’s signature events, Race for the Cure, held in Portland and Bangor. These survivors’ stories offer hope and provide true meaning to the fundraising races.

New Balance is a national series sponsor for the Race for the Cure®, and have a team at each of the races.

Economy, a medical secretary at Covey Physical Therapy, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2006. As a busy mom under fifty, it had been over ten years since she visited the doctors. She underwent two surgeries, removal of several lymph nodes, chemotherapy, and radiation. In 2012, cancer returned to her abdomen and she went through a hysterectomy. Today, Economy has injections every four weeks, but it does not interfere with her enjoyment of life and home life.

“In addition to my incredibly supportive family and friends, every year since my diagnosis, the Race for the Cure® has allowed me to celebrate life and truly feel infused with hope,” said Economy.

The races will be held in Maine in Portland on Sept. 14 and in Bangor on Sept. 21. Komen Maine’s purpose is to combat breast cancer through raising funds for breast health education, screening, treatment programs, and state and national research. Many of the funds are used for Maine women underinsured or uninsured. The money raised through two annual Race for the Cure events supports this important mission.

“These are important events for our state with 75 percent of net funds remaining in Maine to fund breast cancer education, screening, and treatment programs, and the remaining 25 percent is invested in evidence-based breast cancer research,” said Victoria Abbott, Komen Maine’s acting executive director.

The Portland race, starting in Payson Park, will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. The Bangor race begins from the Bangor Waterfront where registration will also begin at 7:30 a.m. Each event will include a 9 a.m. survivor ceremony to recognize the women who have fought or are fighting breast cancer.

Volunteers are needed for all aspects to support the race, including assistance with registration, directing race participants through the course, and setup and cleanup of all materials and supplies.

Interested race participants and volunteers can sign up at www.komenmaine.org. To learn more about the race details or make a donation, visit the website.

The Komen Race for the Cure® started in Dallas, Texas in 1983 with 800 participants. Today, the Komen Race for the Cure® series is the largest 5K series in the world. To date, the Komen Maine Affiliate has invested more than $3 million in the state of Maine to education, screening and treatment programs, as well as over $840,000 to breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® grants program. Nearly $500,000 has returned to Maine in the form of research grants through that program.   

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Promise: to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.