New Date. New Location. Same Mission.
Susan G. Komen South Central Wisconsin (SCWI) will be celebrating its 20th anniversary of the Race for the Cure by embarking on some big changes for 2017! A new race date, a new race venue and a new race chair for the 20th year of bringing breast cancer awareness and treatment funding to this community.
"We are ecstatic to announce that Jack Salzwedel, Chairman, CEO and President of American Family Insurance will be our Honorary Race Chair for the 20th anniversary race," says Michelle Heitzinger, Executive Director. "We will also be moving the date of the Race up two weeks to Saturday, May 20 at Agora Center in Fitchburg, WI. These changes will be the perfect way to enter a new decade for our organization and our community," adds Heitzinger.
American Family Insurance and Susan G. Komen SCWI have a 20 year partnership dating back to the first Race for the Cure in 1998 where American Family Insurance began participating as a corporate sponsor, and forming their first American Family corporate race team.
"We still have American Family's first team roster of thirty-three employees from the first race! This long-standing relationship makes Jack Salzwedel a perfect choice for the position. We are honored that he has so graciously accepted to be our Race Chair for this landmark year," says Heitzinger.
The venue change from the Town of Madison's Alliant Energy Center to Agora Center in Fitchburg will be an easy transition to a location that already accommodates other events and races. The change requires less financial responsibility for the organization, and therefore will help more people in the area who need the affiliate's support and services.
“Susan G. Komen SCWI has dedicated two decades of supporting individuals and families facing a breast cancer diagnosis in South Central Wisconsin. Komen-funded support includes accessing breast health and breast cancer services, as well as funding to fill the gaps in services. This next year we will be honoring the community partners, survivors & forever fighters, healthcare providers, researchers, Board members and volunteers that have helped make a 20 year impact!” said Heitzinger.
Komen South Central Wisconsin is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen South Central Wisconsin Race for the Cure, the South Central Wisconsin Affiliate has invested over $6.2 million in community breast health programs in our eight county service area. For more information about Komen South Central Wisconsin Race for the Cure, including sponsorship or mission information, please contact the Events and Race for the Cure Manager, Heather Sonley, at (608) 836-1083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.