United States, Illinois, Chicago - 06/29/2019 (PRDistribution.com)
Lace up your shoes: There’s a new pink in town. The Great Pink Run with Glanbia is coming to Chicago’s Diversey Harbor on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. This family-friendly event offers a 5k run, jog or walk and a 10k challenge and will bring together walkers and runners, men, women and children, of all ages and levels in support of collaborative breast cancer programs between leading U.S. and Irish centers of excellence.
Proceeds from the 2019 Great Pink Run with Glanbia will benefit Research A Cure, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, established to support international breast cancer research. This year, funds raised will support Chicago’s own Ludwig Center for Metastasis Research at the University of Chicago, directed by Professor Geoffrey Greene, Ph.D.
Irish Olympian and sporting legend, Sonia O’Sullivan, will lead the CARA-certified event. Participants are encouraged to dress in their most outrageous pink outfits. All participants will receive a fabulous pink T shirt, a finishers’ medal, some goodies but most of all, will enjoy the “pinktastic” festival of fun. Registration is available at www.greatpinkrun.com.
There are over 11,000 cases of breast cancer diagnosed annually in Illinois. Unfortunately, everyone knows someone that has been affected. The Great Pink Run is an opportunity to come out and show support. It is expected that 1,500 men women and children will take part in this inaugural U.S. Great Pink Run with Glanbia.
“We are very excited to bring the Great Pink Run to Chicago this year to support the amazing work U.S. and Irish scientists and researchers are doing to help find a cure and provide less invasive treatment options for women – and men – diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Aisling Hurley, President of Research A Cure, an Illinois-based not-for-profit dedicated to raising funding to support collaborative breast cancer research between the leading scientific minds in the U.S. and Ireland.
Since 2011, funding from the Great Pink Run in Ireland has made a massive difference in changing the landscape of breast cancer treatment. Collaborative Research Fellowships have been established supporting studies relating to Triple Negative Breast Cancer – a breast cancer subtype mainly found in younger women – as well as ongoing support for research into metastatic disease. Breast metastasis occurs where cancer reoccurs in other parts of the body, but originally started in the breast, and so scientists and clinicians are working tirelessly to identify ways of prohibiting this spread and thereby transforming this disease from often being fatal into a long-term treatable illness.
The Great Pink Run is supported by Glanbia, a global nutrition group, which has deep roots in the greater Chicago region. Commenting on the Great Pink Run Chicago, Michael Patten, group HR and corporate affairs director at Glanbia, said, “We are excited to partner with the Great Pink Run in its inaugural year in Chicago. This follows on from many successful Great Pink Run events in Ireland over the years where Glanbia employees proudly joined the ‘Research A Cure’ and raised funds for this very worthy cause. Good nutrition and fitness are widely recognized as helping to protect against cancer and support overall health and well-being, so we are proud to be involved with this event, which supports the pioneering research work of the Ludwig Breast Center at the University of Chicago. We encourage as many people as possible to come out and run, jog or walk this beautiful route along Diversey Harbor and help make a difference for breast cancer research.”
Irish running legend Sonia O’Sullivan, center, announced the coming of the Great Pink Run with Glanbia to Chicago this fall during the June 29, 2019 Chicago Area Runners Association training run along Lake Michigan. The inaugural Great Pink Run Chicago will take place Oct. 5, 2019 at Diversey Harbor. All proceeds from the 2019 Great Pink Run Chicago 5k fun walk/jog/run and certified 10k will directly support a collaborative international program between breast cancer experts at the University of Chicago Ludwig Center for Metastasis Research and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in their quest to transform breast cancer from what is often a fatal disease into a long-term treatable illness. Registration is open at www.GreatPinkRun.com.
About Research A Cure NFP
Research A Cure NFP is an Illinois-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising funding in support of international collaborative breast cancer research between Irish and U.S. centers of excellence. Through this international research collaboration, our aim is to significantly change the landscape of breast cancer treatment into the future. We plan to transform breast cancer from often being a fatal disease into a long-term treatable illness. Funds will remain within Illinois to support joint collaborative research projects where centers can demonstrate their ability to show meaningful impact for their communities. For more information, visit www.researchacure.com.
About Great Pink Run with Glanbia
For more information about the Chicago Great Pink Run with Glanbia, visit www.greatpinkrun.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GreatPinkRun/ or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/greatpinkrunchicago/ .
About Glanbia PLC
Glanbia plc is a global nutrition company, grounded in nature and science dedicated to providing better nutrition for every step of life’s journey.
Glanbia plc has deep roots in the dairy industry and has become the world’s leading producer and marketer of quality performance and nutrition products supporting active lifestyles. Its success as a global ingredients provider has been built on Glanbia’s expertise in nutritional solutions supported by significant investment in research and development.
We employ 6,900 employees globally and have a presence in 32 countries worldwide. Glanbia’s vision is to be one of the world’s top performing nutrition companies, trusted to enrich lives every day.
Great Pink Run Sponsors
The Great Pink Run is grateful for the support from its sponsors and supporters, including title sponsor Glanbia. Associate sponsors include GE Healthcare, University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Care Center and AbbVie. Additional support comes from external advertising partner JC Decaux and radio partner Entercom Radio.