Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, a breast cancer survivor, Tuesday joined with the Susan G. Komen foundation to call for heightened awareness of the disease and endorsed the annual Race for the Cure on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Fresno State.
“Many women in rural Fresno County may not have the health care insurance that I was fortunate enough to have,” said Mims, who appeared at a news conference with Sharon Johnson, executive director of Komen Central Valley.
“I learned that more women of color died as a result of breast cancer than women of other cultures,” said Mims. “I approached Sharon and said, ‘We need to do something about this.’ ”
Mims cited a recent “Women Empowering Women Health Event” at Gaston Middle School in Fresno as the type of positive step that can be taken. No-cost clinical breast exams, mammograms and health education were offered.
Saturday’s race events begin at 7:30 a.m. at Maple Mall at the Satellite Student Union. A men’s run starts at 7:30 a.m. and the women’s event begins at 8 a.m. A fitness walk starts at 10:30 a.m., and a “Kids Race for the Cure” takes place at 11:30 a.m.
To sign up for the race or to donate to Komen Central Valley, go to www.komencentralvalley.org.