Race benefits breast cancer awareness, screenings and research
Washington, DC – UAE Embassy diplomats, staff and friends today participated in the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure,” an annual race in Washington, DC that brings together thousands of runners and walkers to benefit the fight against breast cancer.
For the second year in a row, the UAE Embassy was one of the event’s primary sponsors. In addition to fielding a team of race participants, the Embassy hosted race participants and spectators at a hospitality tent, which included traditional Emirati refreshments, a photo booth with UAE sights in the background and henna artists.
More than 30 Embassy representatives – as well as Emirati students and friends – took part in the event’s 5K and one-mile races.
“It is an honor and a privilege for the UAE Embassy to participate in this great event to help raise breast cancer awareness and enhance care,” said Shaima Gargash, head of the UAE Embassy’s Media and Public Diplomacy Section, in opening remarks before the race. “Today, we celebrate the survivors of breast cancer, and honor those who have lost the battle. In their memory, we look to the future – and to a time when fewer family members and friends are taken by this terrible disease.”
The UAE Embassy’s participation in the Race for the Cure underscores the country’s broader efforts to promote healthy lifestyles and advance global public health in partnership with leading US organizations.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is the world’s largest fundraising and education event for breast cancer and includes more than 140 events around the world, with over one million participants each year. Proceeds from the race will go towards the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s breast cancer screening, treatment, research and training initiatives, as well as its health education programs.
The Komen Foundation has worked for many years with institutions in the UAE to raise breast cancer awareness, encourage regular check-ups and improve care for patients.