Run for Women, more than just a race

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Every year, thousands of people run and walk the downtown streets of Anchorage at the annual Run for Women. The Run for Women is one of the largest all-women runs in the whole nation and since it’s conception in 1993, $4.4 million in cash and donated mammograms have been raised and distributed to organizations associated with breast cancer. The donated mammograms go to low-income women to ensure that everyone receives the testing and treatment they deserve. The event is completely volunteer-run.

Join us in congratulating this year’s grantees and celebrating the amazing work they do every day. This year, 11 grants were awarded, totalling $220,000. Learn more about the organizations and the work they do.

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society was awarded grant money to benefit their program that provides funding for a variety of cancer related clothing supports for women experiencing the effects of cancer therapy.

Run for Women is helping Affintyfilms by providing partial funding for two media projects: "Understanding Lymphedema" and "Why Did I Get Breast Cancer and What Can I Do About It?"

Alaska Community Action on Toxins
We all know education is important. That’s why ACAT was awarded a grant for work done over the past several years educating women, health care providers and policymakers about the connection between harmful chemicals and breast cancer.

Alaska Run for Women Mammogram Program
Administered by Anchorage YWCA, this program provides access to mammography services for medically underserved women.

Anchorage Young Cancer Coalition
Run for Women funding allows AYCC to continue providing events for their members. They meet to be surrounded by peer support, in an effort to balance the negative emotional effects of living with cancer.

Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska
The Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska received funding for their mobile mammography services, focusing on under-served populations of women, primarily in rural Alaska and at a fixed-site in Fairbanks.

Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic
This clinical provider reaches a significant number of medically underserved women for outreach and early detection of breast cancer on the Kenai Peninsula and villages across Kachemak Bay namely through door-to-door visits in rural settings.

Let Every Woman Know
This grant will provide scholarships for breast cancer survivors to take part in the Extra Toughs program. This integrated team approach was designed to support weight loss, healthy lifestyles, and survivorship for women with breast or gynecologic cancer.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology studies the effectiveness of existing therapies, overcoming resistance to therapies and finding diagnostic tools to help assess response to therapy. This organization works with over 230 clinical researchers.

UAA Clinical Research
This grant will support those studying to create a more effective treatment against metastatic breast cancer using targeted drug delivery to activate anti-immune response. System developed would allow for direct translation to clinical practice.

YWCA Women's Wellness Breast and Cervical Program
Funds will allow YWCA to continue providing outreach, education, transportation & interpretation services for medically underserved women in the Anchorage area in an effort to promote breast cancer awareness & screening.