Jweekly.com: Jerusalem, Komen to battle breast cancer together

04Jun10

The city of Jerusalem and a leading breast cancer organization are teaming up.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in April announced the start of the Israel Breast Cancer Collaborative, slated to launch in the fall.

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Hadassah National President Nancy Falchuk is flanked by Nancy Brinker (right), founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and Komen official Jennifer Luray. photo/jta/hadassah

The collaborative will kick off its efforts with a series of events the last week in October, including a think tank on early detection, a Race for the Cure and an Israel mission delegation of scientists, cancer survivors and activists who want to serve the breast cancer movement in Israel.

The Race for the Cure will be held Oct. 28 outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, but Barkat said the route has yet to be determined. The Komen group expects 7,000 people to participate.

Barkat joked that “as requested, the city walls will be pink.” Asked whether there would be outreach to Palestinians who want to attend, the mayor pledged to make the event accessible, describing it as a “bipartisan, nonpolitical event.”

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