TCU and Tailgate for the Cure kick off Komen Race
March 15, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU football coach Gary Patterson and his wife Kelsey are combining purple with pink when they serve as the Honorary Chairmen at the "Tailgate for the Cure" on April 14.
The event is a partnership with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Cancer Education and Research Foundation to show support for TCU alumni, students, faculty, and other local residents affected by breast cancer.
Festivities begin at 6 p.m. at The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
The evening will feature an outdoor pep rally atmosphere with hamburgers, hotdogs, and classic rock music. The event will kick off the next day's Race for the Cure Race in downtown Fort Worth.
Dinner tickets are $10 per person, with all proceeds benefiting the Tarrant County Affiliate of the Komen Foundation. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.komentarrant or call 817.989.CURE.
In addition to the party, physicians will be available to answer any cancer-related questions in an "Ask the Doctor" format.
The Race for the Cure takes place the following morning, April 15. Because one in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, the Race is much more than just running or walking. It is an act of personal celebration for breast cancer survivors. For many others it is an opportunity to show support, love, and commitment to someone who is involved in the battle against breast cancer.
Women, men, and children of all ages, races, and gender come together for this fun-filled morning. Food, music, children's activities, vendor booths, and giveaways make it a great family activity. A free shuttle service will be available from LaGrave Field - home of the Fort Worth Cats to the race site.
A writing contest will highlight this year's Race. Based on the theme, "Friends Helping Friends," the top four winners will be featured in advertisements for the Race. To register for the Race or for more information on any of the activities, visit www.komentarrant.org.
The goal of this year's Race is to raise more than $1 million to assist local breast cancer patients with medical costs, provide low-cost mammograms, underwrite education programs, and pay for support services. Up to 75 percent of net funds are allocated in Tarrant County, with 25 percent given to national research projects for eradicating breast cancer.
Thirteen years ago, Fort Worth native and TCU contributor Rozanne Rosenthal was well aware of the devastation of breast cancer as she stood by her friend, Joan Katz, a three-time breast cancer survivor. Determined to find a way to make a difference against the disease, the two women joined forces with many others and organized the first Race for the Cure® in Tarrant County. It attracted 2,000 participants and raised $100,000. To date, the Race has raised more than $5 million to fight breast cancer.
Saturday, April 15 -- Race Day Schedule