SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today participated in the 2010 Susan G. Komen Sacramento Valley Race for the Cure at Cal Expo and shared the story of her own fight against breast cancer during the Survivors Celebration and Awards Ceremony.
“After fighting breast cancer, I can say that know what it is to be afraid. But I also know what it is to conquer my fears,” said Fiorina to the supporters and survivors assembled in the crowd. “That’s an empowering experience people around the globe who have fought this disease share. And I fully believe that, by working together, we can help make a difference and save lives.”
Fiorina was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2009. But thanks to the improved early detection and life-saving medical advances championed and supported by organizations like Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Fiorina can today count herself among the nation’s 2.5 million breast cancer survivors.
“Today, I have the opportunity to pay forward the inspiration and kindness others shared with me during my battle with cancer,” Fiorina continued. “That’s why Frank and I are honored to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure both by building a Race Day team and by contributing to the Circle of Promise movement.”
In April, Fiorina launched the Carly for California Team to help raise funds for the Sacramento Valley affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Together, the team’s 55 members raised more than $5,300 to help support innovative local outreach and awareness programs for medically underserved communities. Carly and her husband, Frank, have also made a donation to support one of the foundation’s new and important programs, the Circle of Promise, which focuses specifically on prevention efforts among African American women for whom the death rate from breast cancer is 37 percent higher than for other populations.