Thanking the community for the greatest gift of all

Komen Philadelphia CEO, Elaine Grobman shares her gratitude
for an amazing 2016 Race for the Cure

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As I experienced all there was to experience at the 2016 Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure, these few words echoed persistently in my mind: “But the greatest of these is love.”

When I returned home, I looked up the verse, and as I read more, it was abundantly clear why the topic of love pervaded my thoughts Sunday morning: “Love always protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres.” And perhaps the most poignant for me from the verse, “Love never fails.”

Komen Philadelphia and I certainly have many things for which to thank our Race community – from every participant and donor, sponsor, team and fundraiser, to every volunteer and those who supported us in spirit and awareness – in relation to this Race season.  We thank them for their  generosity time, talent and resources… for their exceptional loyalty to our mission… for their personal passion for ending this disease that truly did shine this Race season. But above all, I thank this Race community for their love.

I thank everyone for their love of Komen Philadelphia, and your love for this one community facing and fighting breast cancer. In all you did for our Race , I see  the words of the ancient verse come alive. I see contributions as not merely helping us put on a Race event… but as personal dedication to protecting our neighbors. I see trust in the mission of Komen Philadelphia… and hope in our ability to save every life. And I see a friend who will persevere until we have, indeed, won the fight.

When I look at our Race family it is undeniable: love like this never fails. For this and all that was contributed to the success of our 26th Race for the Cure, I thank each and every person from the bottom of my heart. Because of this community’s love, I am confident that Komen Philadelphia will continue to bring the power to thrive and survive to every man, woman and child until the day ours is a world without breast cancer.


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