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Bradford to Serve As Honorary Chair Komen Race

Posted Mar 16, 2012

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will serve as honorary chair of the 14th annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure®, to be held Saturday, June 23, in downtown St. Louis.

Bradford was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the first round – and first overall – of the 2010 NFL Draft after winning the Heisman Trophy and becoming the all-time passing leader at the University of Oklahoma.  In 2010, Bradford was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press after setting numerous rookie records.

“Since becoming a St. Louisan, I have been blown away with the charitable spirit of this community,” said Bradford.  “To now have the opportunity to be part of one of St. Louis’ signature charitable events is a great honor. I look forward to seeing everyone on June 23 when we turn St. Louis pink and raise awareness and resources to continue the fight against breast cancer.”     

“We are thrilled to have Sam Bradford serve as honorary chair of this year’s Race,” said Helen Chesnut, executive director of the St. Louis Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. “The St. Louis Rams are a valued supporter of the work being done by the Komen St. Louis Affiliate to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Sam’s leadership and commitment to excellence on the field make him an excellent representative in our fight against breast cancer. Together, we will make an impact.”

The 2012 Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure marks the 14th annual running of the Komen Race for the Cure Series in St. Louis. In 2011, 64,461 people gathered for the Race and helped raise more than $3.1 million.

The Race is the Komen St. Louis Affiliate’s signature fundraising event. The Rams have been involved in the Race since its inception and Rams players including D’Marco Farr, Kurt Warner and Steven Jackson have served as past honorary chairs.  Since 1999, more than $23 million has been raised in our community through events such as the annual Race. Seventy-five percent of the money raised here stays in the Affiliate’s 17-county Missouri/Illinois service area to fund life-saving breast health and breast cancer screening, treatment, education and support programs. In 2011-12, the Komen St. Louis Affiliate has funded 28 programs in our community.

The remaining 25 percent funds breast cancer research on a national level. Since 1999, Komen St. Louis has contributed more than $7 million for national breast cancer research. At the same time, more than $15.25 million has come back to St. Louis area research facilities.

Registration for the 2012 Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure is open. Rams fans can join the St. Louis Rams/Team Georgia by visiting www.komenstlouis.org and clicking on the “Join a Team” option under the “Race for the Cure” heading, or by using the direct link, http://www.komenstlouis.org/site/TR/Race/General/667093535?pg=team&fr_id=1110&team_id=35170 and click on “Join Team.” 

Named in memory of the Rams’ late owner and chairman, Georgia Frontiere, who lost her battle to breast cancer in 2008, all members of Team Georgia will receive a St. Louis Rams/Team Georgia t-shirt to wear on Race Day, as well as the Race for the Cure shirt and will be entered in a drawing to win lunch for ten at Rams Park. The lucky winner and his/her guests will be able to watch practice while they enjoy lunch in the St. Louis Rams Executive Boardroom and will have the opportunity to meet St. Louis Rams Quarterback, and Honorary Chair of this year’s Race for the Cure, Sam Bradford.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Komen St. Louis Affiliate

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Since 1982, Komen has invested more than $685 million to breast cancer research and another $1.3 billion to community outreach programs. The St. Louis Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer locally, investing more than $16 million in community breast health programs in 17 counties in Eastern Missouri and Southwestern Illinois. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The remaining income goes to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program to fund breast cancer research. For more information, call 314-569-3900 or visit www.komenstlouis.org.

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