Sanford Health sponsors Susan G Komen Race for the Cure

It began 25 years ago with one woman’s promise to her dying sister to end breast cancer. This fall, that promise will unite hundreds of people from the prairie.

Sanford Health announced today plans to partner with the South Dakota Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to sponsor the Komen South Dakota Race for the Cure®. The 5K run and fitness walk will be held on September 28 in Vermillion. One of the newest entries in the Komen Race for the Cure® series, the South Dakota race joins a global list of more than 100 races in the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer.

“Sanford Health recognizes the significance of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and all the organization has done and is doing for breast cancer awareness and research,” said Becky Nelson, Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Sanford Health. “This is the 25th anniversary of the race, and we are proud to be the presenting local sponsor and will do what we can to promote this empowering race throughout the region.”

Komen South Dakota Race for the Cure® will take participants through the streets of Vermillion before finishing inside the University of South Dakota’s Dakota Dome with awards and a tribute ceremony honoring race winners and breast cancer survivors.

“On behalf of the South Dakota Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, we can’t thank Sanford Health enough for their support,” said Race Chair Colette Abbott. “The race raises funds for breast cancer support, research, education and awareness. It also unites everyone touched by breast cancer. Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Sanford Health share the same vision – a world without breast cancer.”

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1-877-GO KOMEN.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health’s comprehensive, integrated system includes nearly 370 physicians in 115 clinics, 23 hospitals, 13 nursing homes, 17 assisted living facilities and congregate living locations, 27 home health services and 19 pharmacies. With approximately 12,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in the region. Its primary 500-bed nonprofit tertiary care hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, serves an average of more than 30,000 inpatients annually. With more than a million outpatient visits each year, Sanford Health has served the 80,000 square mile, four-state region of South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska for over 110 years. Sanford Health is the largest healthcare system between Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and Denver, CO. Its divisions include Sanford USD Medical Center, Sanford Clinic, Sanford Health Network, Sanford Health Plan and Sanford Health Foundation. For more information on Sanford Health visit

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