Los Angeles, CA –  Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Los Angeles County Affiliate will host the 15th Annual Race for the Cure® on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at Dodger Stadium.  “This year is about sharing the pride of survivorship, the advances in Breast Cancer supported by Susan G. Komen ® and the people who continue the fight against Breast Cancer by running/walking and celebrating with us each year” said Deb Anthony, Executive Director of the LA County Affiliate.

Los Angeles County’s 15th Anniversary Race Chairperson, Jerri Johnson, is a 10 year survivor, who was diagnosed in stage 4 and participates in the race each year. Johnson said, “I am here today as a result of research funded by Susan G. Komen.  I am compelled to participate in events like Race for the Cure® because someone raced for me, before I knew anything about breast cancer.”

Anthony said, “People always ask ‘Why do we Run?’  We run for the 100 women who will be diagnosed this week in our county and 100 next week and the week after that.  We run for the 22 women who will die from breast cancer this week and each week after.  We run for the survivors who come to celebrate their lives and for the new survivors who will come next year. We run for our sisters, our mothers, our daughters, our grandchildren.  We run for a cure knowing that breast cancer is no longer a death sentence. We run for the day that breast cancer is no more.  I invite everyone in Los Angeles County to join us at Dodger Stadium on March 6th and make an impact.  Every person counts in taking one more step towards finding a cure.”

This year will feature a live performance by recording artist Juke Kartel, who’s hit single “Brightest Star” has become the anthem for survivorship world wide. “We are making this day about family, with lots of fun for all ages,” said Lisa Campbell, National Sponsor Liaison for the race. “Kids as well as adults will have an opportunity to run the bases in Dodger Stadium and raise money for this important cause.  We encourage people to also register in teams; round up your co-workers, family and friends, sororities and fraternities, church groups and come out in numbers to walk together and make a difference.”

The event will also feature a survivor celebration, entertainment along the race route, several celebrity supporters and guests on hand to walk the pink carpet and run the race route, as well as local news coverage of the event.  For more information on the event go to www.komenlacounty.org/race.

To submit celebrity participants, please contact Jeanine Taylor at [email protected] or call 213-399-5301.