Registration is now open for the 32nd annual Especially for You(r) (EFY) Race Against Breast Cancer planned Oct. 9.
Last year, nearly 13,000 people registered for the race, which benefits the Especially for You fund. Proceeds from race registration provide financial assistance for breast care and gynecological cancer services to local individuals in need. The EFY Fund covers breast, ovarian, uterine, cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancer services at participating local medical providers. Throughout the years, the EFY fund has helped nearly 12,000 individuals access more than 29,000 services.
“We look forward to supporting and honoring those who have fought the disease, as well as those individuals currently battling cancer,” Vincent Reid, medical director at Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, stated in a press release. “Our goal is to celebrate the amazing sense of community that our race represents, while we continue to raise funds for breast care and gynecological cancer services.”
Individuals interested in helping to determine the color of this year’s race T-shirt participated in an online poll to indicate their preference. This year’s color choices were lavender, black and pink tie-dye. Voting ended April 10. The winning color was pink tie-dye.
Mercy Medical Center and General Mills are co-founders of the EFY Race. The race and the EFY Fund are dedicated to the memory of Sandy Knight, a Whittier resident and General Mills employee who died of breast cancer in July 1991. She helped organize Mercy’s Especially for You After Breast Cancer Support Group. Her dream was to establish a race to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and education, which was the catalyst for the first EFY Race in 1991. For more information, visit www.especiallyforyourace.org or call the EFY race line at (319) 398-6582.