They're the two words every woman, mother, husband and child fears: breast cancer.

This year, almost 40,000 women will die from breast cancer, and more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with the disease. No other cancer claims as many women between the ages of 40-59.

For the eighth year, Lafayette pitches in this weekend in hopes of making those grim statistics a thing of the past. The Race for the Cure benefits the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the nation's leading program in the fight against cancer. Race participants can sign up for a 1 mile fun/walk or a 5K run/walk, and all entry fees go to the Acadiana Komen affiliate, which also assists complementary local organizations such as the Miles Perret Center, Faith House and the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic.

Entry fees are $25 for adults and $15 for kids ages 12 and under, and prizes will be given out in seven different age groups. The race begins at Parc Sans Souci downtown this Saturday morning, March 17.


For more info on Race for the Cure and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, visit www.komenacadiana.org or call 993-5745.

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