Worship in Pink to be held Oct. 27 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Fort Worth – Susan G. Komen® Greater Fort Worth announced it will partner with local churches and places of worship on Oct. 27 to educate women about breast cancer in honor of national “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

Komen Greater Fort Worth and The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders will provide packets of information to places of worship in Tarrant, Parker, Johnson and Hood counties to distribute to its membership during the month of October in an effort to educate congregations on breast health and breast cancer.

In 2012, Komen Greater Fort Worth partnered with more than 110 places of worship to educate 12,000 women. Congregations interested in participating in Worship in Pink should contact Amy Hatfield at ahatfield@komengreaterfw.org or 817.735.8580 before Sept. 28. Interested organizations may also register online at http://www.komengreaterfortworth.org/get-involved/Worship-in-Pink/.

“Our goal is to educate as many people as possible about breast health and the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer,” said Craig Schaefer, executive director of the Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Affiliate. “By partnering with local places of worship, we are able to reach a huge amount of people in one day. We encourage everyone to wear pink to show their support, to honor survivors, celebrate their courage and to remember those who have lost their battle with breast cancer.”

More than 2.9 million women and men are surviving breast cancer – a living testament to the power of society and science to save lives. Early detection is key. Breast cancer, if caught early, has a 98 percent survival rate. Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Affiliate’s effort to educate and assist as many individuals as possible in the fight against breast cancer would be impossible without the support of the many community partners and individuals who raise funds for the local Affiliate.

Many activities are taking place in October for “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” Find an event near you by visiting http://www.komengreaterfortworth.org/get-involved/komen-activities/.     About Susan G. Komen® and the Greater Fort Worth Affiliate Susan G. Komen®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, has invested more than $1.9 billion in research and life-saving community programs since its inception in 1982, and is the only breast cancer organization with a comprehensive approach that touches research, advocacy and community support. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and generous contributions from partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has become the largest source in the world of non-profit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer.   The Greater Fort Worth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is one of 123 national affiliates of the parent organization. Chartered in July of 1992 by Rozanne Rosenthal, in honor of her close friend and three-time breast-cancer-survivor Joan Katz, the Greater Fort Worth Affiliate uses 75 percent of all money raised to fund treatment and prevention projects for women in Tarrant, Parker, Johnson and Hood counties. The first Komen Greater Fort Worth Race for the Cure was held in 1993 and had 1,800 participants. Today, the organization boasts more than 10,000 participants each year, and serves as the largest 5K Race in the county. To date, Komen Greater Fort Worth has raised more than $21 million for breast cancer treatment, prevention and research. For more information on Komen Greater Fort Worth, please visit www.komengreaterfw.org.