THE ROYAL COUPLE AT THE SUSAN G. KOMEN GLOBAL
RACE FOR THE CURE® IN WASHINGTON
Vice President Biden. Dr Jill Biden, Princess
Katherine and Ambassador Brinker spoke in front of more than 50,000
Belgrade, 6 June 2009 – Their Royal Highnesses
Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine attended
today the Susan G.
Komen Global Race for the Cure® in Washington D.C.
Vice President Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill
Biden, served as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Global Race for the Cure.
Dr. Biden, a long-time advocate for breast health education and
outreach, delivered a speech to the more than 50,000 runners and
walkers during the Race’s opening ceremonies.
“My husband Joe and I are thrilled to participate
in the ongoing effort to raise awareness, fund research and empower
people throughout the world in the fight against breast cancer,”
said Dr. Biden.
Motivated by the breast cancer diagnosis of four
of her friends, Dr. Biden started the Biden Breast Health
Initiative, which in the past 15 years has educated more than 10,000
ninth-through-twelfth-grade girls in Delaware about proper breast
HRH Crown Princess Katherine gave a speech a
speech with Crown Prince Alexander next to her: “My country Serbia
is a country known for many things - a rich history, wonderful
natural beauty, a proud and industrious people. It is my privilege,
and my husband’s privilege, to honour them by the work that we are
doing on their behalf today. Unfortunately, my country is also known
as a country with the highest mortality rate from breast cancer in
all of Europe. The toll of this disease on the mothers, sisters,
aunts, grandmothers - and on the families that many of them leave
behind - is heartbreaking and real, made more tragic by the fact
that in my country, many of these women might have been saved by
early detection and early treatment.
If you wonder, at the dawn of this beautiful day,
whether what you are doing really has an impact on the entire world…
If you wonder whether the steps you take in your
nation’s capital today will have an impact in capitals across the
If you wonder whether the lives you are saving in
the United States will translate into lives saved in Serbia, or
Ghana, or Brazil…then wonder no more.
A great honour of my life has been to know
Ambassador Nancy Brinker - whose loss of her sister, Susan G. Komen
- inspired a movement”.
In addition the Crown Princess pointed out: “We
need you - us - working together, so that the women of Serbia - the
women of every country -- can one day know that breast cancer has
Following the ceremony Ambassador Nancy Brinker
delivered the speech emphasizing:” It is through a promise that my
sister -- Susan G. Komen -- continues to make an impact today.
Nearly thirty years ago, before breast cancer took her life, Suzy
made me promise her that I would do everything in my power to find a
cure for this horrible disease. That promise between two sisters
became the foundation for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Nearly 30
years later, millions of people have made their own promises – to
sisters, to wives, to mothers, to friends. And we have turned those
promises into the world’s largest grassroots network of breast
cancer survivors and activists. But through my travels as
Ambassador, I meet thousands of women who still need our help. I
promise them that they will not be abandoned or forgotten”.
The race was also attended by Secretary of
Transportation Ray LaHood, actress Sarah Chalke, CBS’s The Early
Show anchor Maggie Rodriguez, and W*USA9 morning anchor Andrea
Roane, as well as Dr. Branko Terzic, member of the Crown Council and
great friend of the Royal Couple.
Komen Global Race’s opening ceremonies included performances by
singer/songwriter Candy Coburn, who performed her new single, “Pink
Warrior,” and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Circle of Promise
Ambassador and singer Lalah Hathaway.
Following the opening ceremony, the Pink Panther
started the 5K events from the Start Line stage. After the Race
start, the Pink Panther spent the remainder of the morning at Kids
for the Cure®, Komen’s special Race day program for children ages
Komen Global Race for the Cure marked 20th annual running of the
Komen Race for the Cure Series in Washington, D.C., which was
formerly known as the Komen National Race for the Cure. Komen for
the Cure gathered more than 50,000 people to participate in the
Global Race and raise more than $6.1 million, up to 75 percent of
which will stay in the D.C. area to address breast cancer
disparities in the medically underserved communities.