On you mark, get set ... Susan G. Komen's Race for the Cure is Sunday

September 07, 2018 - 5:00 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- On your mark, get set, go!

The 28th Annual Susan G. Komen Greater New York City Race for the Cure kicks off Saturday at 9 a.m. in Central Park, and organizers expect a whopping 10,000 people this year to participate.

Money raised from the race will go to local community partners, national research to develop a cure for breast cancer, as well as other related initiatives.

Celebrity chef Sandra Lee, who is a breast cancer survivor, is the grand marshal for this year's race. 

Linda McNeil Tantawi, the ceo of Susan G. Komen Greater New York City, told Sharon Barnes-Waters, host of 1010 WINS' "City Views," said race day is overall a  "huge celebration."

She said the 10,000 participants will include breast cancer survivors, those living with the diseases, as well as their friends, family, and colleagues.

Tantawi said Komen has raised $2 billion for community health initiatives and over $950 million for research. This means, she says, that Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research outside of the federal government.

"The race is one day a year," she said, but we race towards the cure and women's health and wellbeing yearround."

For more information about the race or to donate, visit race.komennyc.org.