Stepping out against cancer is California based non-profit Triple Step Toward the Cure ®.
Their Fourth Annual event “Stepping Toward The Cure®” 5K Fun Run & Walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the scenic Alondra Park in Lawndale, CA.
NAACP Image award nominee, cancer activist and star of Emmy award winning show “Felicity” and Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Family Reunion” Tangi Miller, will join this year’s walk and major support for the event is being provided, in part, by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, in whose district the walk will take place. The Supervisor and other local leaders have been invited to help kick-off this year's walk.
This event is a day of fitness, festivities, and fun and is designed to raise both funds and awareness about an aggressive form of cancer known as Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
Triple Negative breast cancer is a sub type of breast cancer that lacks three important receptors. These receptors known as estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR) or Human Epidermal growth factor Receptor 2 (HER-2/neu)-shown to fuel most breast cancers and are used as targets for treatment. Testing negative for all three of these hormone receptors means the cancer is considered triple-negative.Triple negative breast cancer does not respond to hormone treatments, making chemo therapy, radiation, and surgery the current main options for survival.
“Even though they represent a small proportion of breast cancers overall, this is the group that is responsible for a large proportion of breast cancer death,” says Melinda Telli, MD, an assistant professor of oncology at Stanford University. Although any woman could potentially be affected, triple negative cancers tend to hit early, disproportionately affecting pre-menopausal women and women of color.”
Fueled by a desire to do something powerful and positive after losing her sister to triple negative breast cancer (tnbc) in 2009, Lori Flowers along with her mother Carole Flowers-Clement and friend and tnbc survivor Louisa Gloger, teamed up to launch Triple Step Toward the Cure® to fight the disease on a larger scale. The goal of the organization is to educate communities about this particular sub-type of breast cancer, while supporting women suffering from the disease.
Based in California, Triple Step directly supports women diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer nationwide and all of the proceeds from the 5K events go towards the organization’s programs that provide services ranging from financial aid for rent, transportation, groceries, and childcare to assistance locating clinical trials and quality medical care.
“Last year was such a success, walkers & runners were treated to an amazing Zumba warm-up led by Sabrina Green Thomas, whose never ending supply of energy captivated us all. This year we will also have the talented singer and songwriter Sheléa kicking off the walk with song. We are thrilled with the community support and overall success of our first three 5K events and are expecting our fourth walk to be bigger and better. Many now believe that breast cancer is no longer an issue because a lot of progress has been made and survival rates have increased substantially. Unfortunately, this is not always the case with certain sub types like triple negative, especially since the current tnbc treatment options are so limited. Our ultimate goal is to raise awareness about this breast cancer sub type that is still taking our loved ones in the prime of their lives. We believe that the Annual “Stepping Toward the Cure®” 5K Fun Run & Walk is the perfect forum to do just that,” says Lori Flowers, Co-founder and CEO of Triple Step Toward the Cure®.
Online registration is now available for the 2013 Fourth Annual “Stepping Toward the Cure®” 5K Fun Run and Walk is now open and early registration is strongly recommended. The registration fee is $25.00 per person and groups are encouraged to sign up and join the fun! 5K participants will receive an official T-shirt, walker/runner number, goodie bag and an opportunity to win additional prizes, including a piece from Tiffany & Co. Morning refreshments will be provided by Noah’s Bagels and Starbucks and the event will also feature a Wellness Expo with health and wellness experts, products, music provided by K-EARTH 101 Street Team, massages provided by Southern California Health Institute, face painting and more!
“We are encouraged by the recent strides made in breast cancer research, but we still have a long way to go. We want to put more focus on this subtype of breast cancer so that increased efforts will be made to develop better treatment options and ultimately a cure. In the meantime, we will continue to support women battling this illness.” said Triple Step Co-founder/CFO and triple negative breast cancer survivor, Louisa Gloger. “I was extremely blessed to have the support of my community along with access to incredible doctors during my fight and we at Triple Step feel that every tnbc patient deserves the same experience. Our Annual 5K Fun Run and Walk is a chance for all of us to step out and show these women that they are not alone.”
Step out with Triple Step Toward the Cure to help fight this deadly form of breast cancer.
For more information and complete “Stepping Toward the Cure®” 5K Fun Run and Walk details visit Triple Step Toward the Cure®.