The Power of 10!

Last night was the kick off meeting for the 4th annual

Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida Race for the Cure at Galloway Ford in Fort Myers. It was so  inspiring…

to see every chair filled with team captains eager to get started with their fundraising efforts  — all sharing a common goal to raise funds to fight breast cancer.

One of the main themes of this year’s effort is “The Power of 10” — imagine if each participant asked 10 friends to donate $10 each.  This simple concept would achieve the fundraising goals for the 2010 Race without being too much of an economic burden on anyone.

Several motivating speakers added their comments — Sam Galloway of title sponsor Galloway Ford introduced his program, “Think Pink, Drive Green” — starting on Feb. 1, every race registrant at one of the five Southwest Florida Ford dealers will be entered to win a brand new Hybrid Ford Fusion.

Executive Director Miriam Ross welcomed everyone, and co-chair Monica Young spoke movingly about survivorship and co-survivorship and  introduced her co-chair Bill Valenti.

Everyone left feeling inspired and informed and ready to achieve fundraising goals for the March 13th Race for the Cure taking place at the Coconut Point Mall in Estero. Individual participants and teams can now register online at:

Last year, more than 8,100 people participated in Race for the Cure in Southwest Florida which raised more than $914,000 to support the fight against breast cancer. This helped the Southwest Florida affiliate make grants of $963,000 to10 local non-profit organizations that provide education, screening, treatment and support in Lee, Collier, Hendry and Glades counties.

Another exciting announcement was that “Desperate Housewives” leading actor James Denton has been named Honorary Race Chair and is scheduled to attend the event on March 13. Denton has been instrumental in raising money for Komen following the death of his mother from breast cancer.

It was a wonderful evening of community gathering together for a shared vision: a world without breast cancer.

To register or for more information, visit or call 239-498-0016. For more info on the PR Chair for the Southwest Florida Race for the Cure visit

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