Living with cancer blog

Racing toward a cure for breast cancer

By Sheryl M. Ness, R.N. August 31, 2013

For more than 20 years, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has hosted an event in Phoenix to raise money to fight breast cancer ( Come visit the Mayo Clinic booth Sunday, Oct. 13, at the event in downtown Phoenix.

In Rochester, Minn., the Join the Journey annual breast cancer awareness walk takes place on Sunday, Sept. 15 ( Jacksonville, Fla., hosts the annual 26.2 with Donna race on Feb. 23, 2014 (

Members of Mayo Clinic's Breast Clinic, physicians, cancer educators and clinical trials staff will be at the events in person to answer your questions and cheer you on as you walk/run to raise awareness for breast cancer.

We look forward to these events every year. It gives us a chance to show our dedication and support for our patients and the communities where we live and work.

Mayo Clinic has for many years enjoyed a presence at awareness events. Dr. Donald Northfelt, a medical oncologist from Mayo Clinic in Arizona, participates every year by running at the Komen event.

Before and after the run, he is at Mayo Clinic's booth to greet and encourage patients and family members as they participate.

Northfelt says "awareness events are an important way to show that we are passionate about our patients and about fighting along with them to find better treatments for breast cancer."

Awareness events help provide a sense of doing something; moving forward with a real connection to others who have the same desire and drive to make a difference.

We're all touched by cancer in some way during our lives — that's why it's so important to talk, run, walk and be inspired, showing support in every way possible.

Are you attending a walk or race for cancer awareness this year? Please share your thoughts.


Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.

Aug. 31, 2013