A Message From the Board President

Last weekend, Komen Maryland held its 2nd annual Promise Ride biking event. To say it was eye opening for me is an understatement.
It was the first time I’ve ever actually ridden in a biking event and it was certainly challenging.

Experienced bikers almost snicker at a 12-mile route, for them it’s like a nice warm up. I get that. For me though, it was more like a mountain.
With every pedal I felt like I earned every dollar raised for Komen Maryland research and community programs. For that, I couldn’t be more proud.

The biggest thing I noticed was the sense of community. The encouragement and solidarity was inspiring.  Most of us on the 12-mile route were first timers. Maybe by next year we’ll upgrade to the 35-mile route. If that’s the case, I clearly need to start training for it now.

The vision of Komen Maryland is simple: A world without breast cancer.

The mission is clear: Save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

To execute that mission, we need you. As much fun as the Promise Ride was, I kept asking myself how many women will get screened because of the money I raised. How can we work to make it more?

When it comes down to it, it’s about raising money to make it happen.

One of the statistics I read over and over at the Promise Ride is that 5,250 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Maryland this year alone.

That’s roughly the population of Stevensville, Maryland. Research and providing better access to care will help bring down those numbers. We don’t need to consider donating or fundraising only when there are large events. We can do it year round, and make a difference in the lives of the 5,250 women who will be diagnosed this year, and the survivors and patients fighting the good fight now.

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With Gratitude,

Rachel Duncan

WBAL’s Promise Ride Team, Board President Rachel Duncan on left.