By Todd Cohen
RALEIGH, N.C. — As it prepares for its 7th annual Komen Race for the Cure, the N.C. Triangle affiliate of the Dallas-based Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is looking for its first full-time executive director.
The 5K and one-mile event, which will be held June 14 and begins and ends at Meredith College in Raleigh, last year attracted 15,000 participants and raised $650,000, up from 2,600 participants and $120,000 in the first race in 1997.
The affiliate last year raised an additional $100,000 through other events.
After giving one-fourth of the dollars it raises to the Komen Foundation to fund breast-cancer research, the affiliate uses the remaining funds to make local grants for breast-cancer education, awareness, screening and treatment.
The Triangle affiliate, one of four in North Carolina and 118 in the United States, 36 of which have executive directors, was founded by Jeanne Peck, a cancer survivor and database administrator in administrative computing services at N.C. State University who is stepping down as board president.