This Mother’s Day, hundreds of the doctors, nurses and staff members that our community’s residents have come to know and respect for the care they provide at Einstein Health were out in force on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in support of our 25th Celebration Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure. They participated as part of Team Einstein, an official Race team – consisting of employees as well as family, patients and breast cancer survivors treated at Einstein – that “walks for awareness” every year at the event, as well as raises funds to support Komen Philadelphia’s fight against breast cancer
To say that Team Einstein is present at the Race is a vast understatement. Among the approximate 100,000 people at our Race, one can’t help but notice Team Einstein’s impressive presence – the team having averaged more than 500 members every year for the past five years.
“In the twenty-five year history of our Race for the Cure, Team Einstein has had the largest team presence BY FAR,” said Elaine I. Grobman, CEO, Susan G. Komen Philadelphia. “But more impressive than the physical size of their team is Einstein’s devotion to helping Komen Philadelphia finish the fight that we started a quarter-century ago. You can feel it emanating from every team member. Einstein was supporting us from very early on, and for more than two decades they have grown their support of our mission, as well as their activism in helping us save lives.”
Grobman continued, “I have no hesitation in saying that the increase in our breast cancer survivor community, as well as the quality of life for breast cancer patients, caregivers and survivors, simply would not be at the levels it is today if not for Einstein.”
Team Einstein’s supports the Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure as strongly as they do because they realize how important the event is to the fight against breast cancer – as well as Einstein’s own ability to provide life-saving breast health services. Each year, Einstein receives funding for their W.I.N. (Women In Need) breast cancer program through the Komen Philadelphia Community Grants Program, made possibly by money raised through the Race for the Cure.
“We’re not the type of family to sit back and just take what’s given. Hundreds-of-thousands of people are participating, donating and fundraising for the Race so that we – Einstein Healthcare Network – can help women and men survive breast cancer,” said Jennifer Simmons, MD, FACS, Chief of Breast Surgery at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. “Participating in the Race is us doing our part, too… it is us joining with the communities we serve to say thank you for supporting our work and to reaffirm our commitment to THEIR health and wellbeing.”
Team Einstein, indeed, puts their generosity where their philosophy is when it comes to the Race for the Cure! In 2011, when Komen Philadelphia started the “Ultimate Hospital Showdown” to rally local hospitals in support of the Race. Team Einstein embraced the challenge beyond expectations – and every year has taken the Showdown title for the largest team. Moreover, for three of those years they also came in as the top hospital fundraiser.
All told, through team member registration fees and fundraising (mostly through donations made to team members by family, friends and members themselves), Team Einstein has contributed in excess of $132,600 to the Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure from 2010-2014, and 2015 Race team totals are still on the rise as of June 1!
“We love the friendly competition of the Ultimate Hospital Showdown, and the fun of Race day,” said Dr. Simmons. “But most importantly, for Einstein this Race is a wonderful reminder of the power of community. It is a time to celebrate a movement that has no barriers or distinctions. On Race day, we aren’t doctors, nurses, patients… we are one with everyone else, uniting our individual abilities in the hopes of creating a world where every person diagnosed with breast cancer is sure to survive it.”
“I love everything about Race day, but if I had to choose my favorite, it’s probably the survivor Parade of Pink,” said Debra Somers Copit, MD, FACR, Director of Breast Imaging at Einstein Healthcare Network. “I look upon those 6,000 men and women walking in victory down the steps of the Art Museum and I know that among them is some I helped survive this disease. This is why we do what we do every day. It’s why Team Einstein and thousands of other people support this Race for the Cure – it all comes full circle when you realize how far we’ve come in the fight against breast cancer.
And so, for their extraordinary and steadfast performance, support and passion… during Race season and year-round… Komen Philadelphia proudly honors Team Einstein with our Pink Ribbon of the Month
(TOP) Part of Team Einstein at the Race for the Cure 2012. In this second year of the Ultimate Hospital Showdown, Team Einstein team registered their largest team to date, with 838 members.
(BOTTOM) Co-Captain of the 350+ member Team Einstein, Rochelle Millhouse, shares the stage with a friend and survivor while accepting for the 5th consecutive year our Ultimate Hospital Showdown Team Participation trophy.