community health charities SuSan G. Komen Foundation Powerful in Pink The Susan G. Komen Foundation continues to fight breast cancer in Greater Chicago Area By Jeff VorVa The saying, “Take a powder,” is usually said in a wise guy manner as an attempt to get rid of someone. But the officials from the Susan G. Komen Foundation mean just the oppo-site. They are inviting as many people as possible to Montrose Harbor in Chicago on Mother’s Day, May 14, to take a pow-der before the start of the 20th Race for the Cure 5K Walk and Run event to ben-efit issues associated with breast cancer. There will be a sea of pink that morning when it comes to clothing, but there will be a little extra pink for the skin, as well. “If you choose to, you will end up with some pink powder on you,” Komen Chicago Executive Director Bonnie Gordon says. “It’s sort of like a shower of pink that you run through. It’s like a car-wash. We also have cool superhero capes for those who raise $180 and we will have pink heroes running and walking.’’ This is the first year for the powder, and there will be other special festivities to celebrate the 20th anniversary, includ-ing the honoring of 20 heroes who have made a difference throughout the past two decades. Gordon says one of the honorees will be Little Rock, Arkansas, Vice-Mayor Kathy Webb, who is the founding presi-dent of Komen Chicago. “It’s really a big celebration,’’ Gordon says. “And what better day to do it but on Mother’s Day? It’s also a chance to remember all of the great women in our lives that either we don’t have with us, or we have and want to celebrate with. You are finished before brunch and you have 22 Spring 2017 Community HealtH It’s really a big celebration. And what better day to do it but on Mother’s Day? Bonnie Gordon, Komen CHiCago exeCutive direCtor done something wonderful and started the day helping save some lives.’’ The group’s senior manager, Aminah Abdullah, estimates that the event has drawn as many as 8,000 runners/walk-ers in the past. The money raised goes toward supporting breast cancer issues in the Chicago community. Officials encourage runners to raise $180 each, which is the average price of a mammogram. For more information on the event, which begins at 9 a.m., an hour and a half after the site is opened, visit KomenChicago.org. The springtime happenings for the organization stretch beyond the race, and include a car theme for especially generous patrons to get a look at the newest cars and some rare autos as well. For the first year, Komen Chicago was one of the charitable organizations invited to the Chicago Auto Show to participate in the special First Look for Charity event before the show opened to the public in February. For $500, a few patrons viewed the new cars at the auto show and received an invitation to view classic cars on April 19 at Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club in Sugar Grove. Owner Jerry Rich is allowing 100 donators to view the cars. “He opened up his amazing collection to add to our event,” Gordon says. “It’s a really unique collection that doesn’t exist anywhere else. He graciously opened up his facilities. There is nothing like it. He feels strongly that all women and men in Chicago should have the same fighting chance to survive breast cancer.’’ Later in the year, the organiza-tion will host its first Ride for the Cure on September 17, which is a part of the North Shore Century Ride from Dawes Park in Evanston to Kenosha, Wisconsin. An Ignite the Night Gala will also be held on October 21.