WASHINGTON (JTA) – A major collaboration between the world's leading breast cancer organization and the city of Jerusalem will commence this fall.
At a press conference in Washington D.C. Wednesday, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, announced the Israel Breast Cancer Collaborative. A week of events will run from Oct. 25-29 and will feature a think tank on early detection, Race for the Cure, and the Israel Mission Delegation of scientists, cancer survivors, and activists who want to serve the breast cancer movement in Israel.
The Race for the Cure on Oct. 28 will be held outside the walls of the Old City, though a specific route has yet to be determined, said Barkat. Komen anticipates 7,000 participants will attend. When asked whether there would be outreach to Palestinians who want to attend, the mayor pledged to make the event accessible, describing it as a “bi-partisan, non-political event.” He joked later, “As requested the city walls will be pink.”
Said Brinker, "This is not to begin our work in Israel but to continue it. Sixteen years ago, Susan G. Komen’s very first international research grant went to Israel. Since then we have funded nearly $2 million dollars in scientific research and community outreach... The Collaborative will allow us to continue to work with our partners, including global partners like the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Hadassah, and new partners in Israel such as the Israel Cancer Association.”
Nancy Falchuk, president of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, pledged her organization's support of the Collaborative, and even promised to bring walkers from Hadassah's global branches.
Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and his wife, Hadassah Lieberman; and former Ambassador Ned L. Siegel and his wife Stephanie Siegel are co-chairs of the Collaborative. Joining the partnership are Breakthrough, a charity established in the United Kingdom; the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation; and Sharsheret, a non-profit organization for young Jewish women facing breast cancer.
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