What is a Team?
A Race for the Cure team is a group of 10 or more registered participants who come together to have fun, raise funds and fight a devastating disease. Team members can be male, female, kids, babies and adults. It doesn't matter if they sign up to Sleep In for the Cure® or are Proud in the Crowd, walk the 1.5 mile or run the 5K because everyone on your team does not need to participate in the same event. Teammates can be friends, family, co-workers, or anyone else who would like to participate.
Most importantly, a team consists of people who share one common dream, one common cause, and one common vision: a world without breast cancer.
Why Form a Team?
Participating with a team strengthens the impact that you have on the global movement to end breast cancer forever. You'll have a wider pull of donors and with the support of your teammates, fundraising will be more enjoyable (and successful) as it is easier to stay motivated.
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Please go to the TEAMS Awards page to see the 2012 Largest Teams, Most Dollars Raised, Team T Shirt and Spirt award winners~
Would you like to share your team story, please send your picture and story to firstname.lastname@example.org
2012 Team of the Week Highlight: Team EMWD's Splash of Hope
Team Story of EMWD’s Splash of Hope ~ October 2012
Hello, my name is Donna Jacomet and I’m team captain for Eastern Municipal Water District’s Splash of Hope (formerly known as Team EMWD). This year will be the eighth year my team and I participate in the R4C; and it fills me with great pride to tell you that since we began, we have raised nearly $40,000. MY TEAM ROCKS!
Splash of Hope raises donations by making a commitment to raise a minimum of $100 each (some of my team has doubled and tripled that goal!); and we have “Passionately Pink Friday.” Employees show their support by donating $5 and wearing pink on the Friday before race day. To-date, we raised anywhere from $400 and $800 each year! This is a great moneymaker because…well, where else can you get more passion in your life for only five bucks? (Click here to watch the slideshow).
Something new this year, is asking EMWD employees to donate spare change. I made about ten of these cute pink buckets and placed them around our headquarters, and asked employees to “Give Cancer the Boot and Drop Some Loot,” “Don’t let Cancer Win, Donate a Fin” and “Support Our Team, and Give up Some Green.” So far, about $300 has been collected!
I have very personal reasons for participating in the Inland Empire R4C. I do it in memory of my Mom. Twenty years after beating breast cancer, she died from ovarian cancer. I do it to honor two of my four sisters who have battled breast cancer, and I keep doing it to help my oldest sister Debbie who beat both breast and ovarian cancers but is now fighting cancer on her liver.
Based on our family history we kept hearing, “your chances of getting breast cancer are greater than the national average” and I always thought…”greater? There’s nothing great about breast or ovarian cancer,” but Race for the Cure taught me there is something great - when thousands of people come together and raise millions of dollars to end breast cancer forever – THAT IS GREAT! REALLY, REALLY GREAT!
Yes, I Race for the Cure to honor my Mom and sisters. I also do it to honor everyone who participates in events like R4C; because I believe their efforts gave me a life-saving gift. You see, science was able to identify and develop a genetic test for a cell mutation runs in some families, called BRCA 1. This mutation increases a person’s risk of getting breast cancer to about 85% and ovarian to around 57 percent. I, like my sisters (and probably my Mom) was tested and learned am a BRCA 1 carrier.
Knowledge is power, and knowing I am a carrier empowered me to take action, that at the time of diagnosis, were not available to my loved ones. For me, getting cancer was a matter of when and not if, so rather than wait for it to get me, I chose to have my healthy ovaries removed. Now don’t get me wrong, surgical menopause is really difficult to go through (just ask my husband), but next to ovarian cancer, it’s a day at the beach, and last year, I also chose to remove my breast tissue and last year had a bi-lateral double mastectomy. My cancer risks are now nearly non-existent, and less greater than the national average – far less greater!
Because of raised awareness and the money raised, I was able to pre-empt cancer and fight it before it invaded my body. I'm what is known as a “Previvor.” This is a gift that I will keep paying forward for the rest of my life.
Thanks for allowing me to share my story and brag about the ROCKIN-EST team around EMWD’S SPLASH OF HOPE! When we work together anything is possible - together we will end breast cancer forever.