Mercy Annual 5k Race Funds Early Detection and Cancer Care

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-- Fewer women are dying from breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society early detection and improved treatment have led to a 34 percent drop in deaths over the last decade. Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids is doing their part to make sure all women have a better chance at survival. This Sunday, they will hold their 23rd annual Especially for You Race. The three mile route starts at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center at 7:45 a.m.. There is also a one mile family fun walk.

In 2012 15,000 participants raised more than $380,000. That money helped provide services to 741 individuals, the most in the history of the race. All the money raised stays in the local community.

"Goes to cover breast care services like mammograms, ultra sounds, biopsies for individuals in need in our community that otherwise wouldn't be able to afford it," said Michelle Cole, Race Director.

You can still register for this Sunday's race. You can do so in person at Mercy Medical Center now through Saturday or on the morning of the race.

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