More than 150 employees, alumni and students from Mt. San Jacinto College participated in the 13th Annual Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure on Oct. 16, raising thousands of dollars to help find a cure for breast cancer.
MSJC exceeded its own goal of raising $2,000 in separate donations and raised more than $2,800. The MSJC team members who signed up raised additional funding of more than $3,000 for the Race for the Cure.
“We were thrilled to participate in the Komen Race for the Cure,” said instructional Dean Laurie McLaughlin, who organized the MSJC team. “There was so much camaraderie not just within the MSJC team, but with others at the event. It is touching to see how many lives breast cancer can affect. I am just pleased that MSJC was able to help raise funds to defeat the disease.”
The MSJC team wore shirts designed by MSJC art instructor Eileen Doktorski-Marzullo. The soft gray shirts depicted a white bra with pink breast cancer awareness ribbons.
“While the shirts were fun, and even the men on the team wore them, they also represented something important: support! MSJC supports finding a cure for breast cancer,” said Elaine Eshom, MSJC’s Classified Senate president, who also was on the committee that organized the team. “We are looking forward to planning another great shirt next year and again shooting past our fund-raising goal.”
All funds for the Komen Race for the Cure go to research, education, screening and treatment programs. Up to 75% of the net proceeds remain in the Inland empire for education, support, diagnostic services and treatment programs for uninsured women and families. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Program.
MSJC employees, alumni and students have supported the event for several years and have helped raise thousands of dollars for the Race for the Cure.