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Race for research – Focus on breast cancer

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By Todd Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greensboro Jaycees are taking aim at breast cancer.

The leadership development group is sponsoring a 5K race Oct. 20 to benefit Friends You Can Count On, a six-year-old nonprofit that raises money for seed grants it makes to researchers looking for an early biological test for breast cancer.

The inaugural race, which the Jaycees hope to make an annual event, expects to attract 400 runners and net $4,000, says Stacy Saul, who chairs the event for the Greensboro Jaycees, the largest Jaycee chapter in the U.S.

The law firm Donaldson and Black is the major sponsor for the race, which starts at 8 a.m., and begins and ends at the Jaycees’ office at 401 N. Green St.

Friends You Can Count, which was founded in 1995 by breast-cancer survivor Martha Kaley, has made $500,000 in seeds grants to researchers throughout the U.S.

The group is teaming up with other groups to help raise money, says Tina Hawkins, its executive director.

Each chapter of North Carolina Insurance Women, for example, will sponsor a fundraiser for the group, she said.

And through a partnership with the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, the group will get proceeds from tournament ticket sales.

For information, visit the group’s Web site or call 286-6620, or visit the Jaycees Web or call 379-0147, ext. 3609.

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