Viewpoint: February 16, 2011

This Saturday marks the 15th anniversary of the Susan G. Komen Baton Rouge Race for the Cure, the largest 5K race in the Capital region. Last year, the event raised over $122,000 for the fight against breast cancer. We'd like to see an even greater success this year.

This year brings about a twist with prizes being awarded to fundraisers. 100% of the proceeds go straight to the mission. 75% remains in our local community and the rest of the funds go to national research. That's critical for us, since Louisiana leads the nation in breast cancer mortality.

Mothers, daughters, sisters, wives and friends all represent the victims and the survivors of breast cancer. And since one in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, she could easily be you or someone you know and love.

Every dollar raised is used to help save lives. As a proud sponsor of the event, WAFB ecourages everyone to lace up those sneakers and come show your support.

The race kicks off with a one-mile fun run at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 5K run/walk. Teams and individuals will gather at LSU's old front nine next to Patrick Taylor Hall at Nicholson Drive. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. or you can register online at

Together, let's fight to end breast cancer forever.