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Race for the Cure

The Komen Detroit Race for the Cure® is the largest race in Michigan and is one of more than 100 Komen Foundation 5K races in a series that attracts over one million participants annually. Its purpose is to educate and build positive awareness about breast cancer and the importance of good breast health. Race supporters are encouraged to raise funds to bring us closer to “a world without breast cancer.” The event celebrates those who have survived the disease and takes time to remember those who have not. The Race raises significant funds for local screening, treatment, and education programs and for research grants awarded throughout the nation by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Join the Wayne Cares Race for the Cure Team! Wayne State University is once again participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure under one umbrella – Wayne Cares.

We are proud to announce this year’s Wayne Cares Race for the Cure Co-Chairs are Rick Cummins from the Wayne Cares Athletics team and Krystal Ankawi from the Wayne Cares College of Nursing Team.

Our Goal

The Wayne Cares team has swelled in size over the past few years. In 2009, the Wayne Cares team had 619 event participants. In 2010, the Wayne Cares team grew to an astounding 856 members strong. In 2011, we had 690 Wayne Cares participants. This year, our goal is to break the 1,000 participant mark. But we can’t do it without you!

The success of the Wayne Cares team can be seen in the awards that were won last year. We need your support and participation to ensure that we hold on to these titles this year:

  • Largest College/University Award (WSU received this award consecutively from 2004-2007 and again from 2009-2012)
  • Had top 5 finishers in both the male and female divisions
  • 299 participants on 15 teams
  • Raised $7,387.00

How to Register

When registering, be sure to sign up under “team member registration” and select the “Wayne Cares” team that you would like to join. If you don’t see your team listed, contact Rick Cummins. All registered participants will receive a personal donation page by email after they register. Click here for information on how to customize and manage your page for maximum fundraising results.

Funds raised from the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure® are granted to local and national programs that support Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Last year, The Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure organization awarded a grant of $784,731 to Robert Burack of the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute to expand the Wayne County Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, which provides free breast screening and covers biopsy fees for uninsured women in the county. The expansion will screen another 600 women.

Check out this article on how Komen promise grant funds search for better therapies for triple negative breast cancer.

Current Teams

Wayne Cares - AAB Kenneth Doherty
Wayne Cares - C&IT Patrick Gossman
Wayne Cares - Cancer Biology Grad Prog Nadia Daniel
Wayne Cares - Club Sports Kathleen Terrian
Wayne Cares - College of Nursing Nicole Winkler
Wayne Cares - Division of Research Janet Harris
Wayne Cares - FP&M Anne Vandenbussche
Wayne Cares - School of Business Richard Lerman

Meeting & Parking Locations

We encourage Wayne Cares participants to meet at the Matthaei Complex and park in Lot 50 to car pool over to Comerica Park. Upon arrival at Comerica Park, we encourage all Wayne Cares teams to meet in front of the Fox Theatre on race day to show Wayne State’s critical mass and our trademark “sea of green” WSU t-shirts.

Please contact the Wayne Cares Race for the Cure co-chair, Krystal Ankawi ( for Team Captain Assistance ), if you have any questions or concerns.The Wayne Cares initiative actively shows the community the University’s collective commitment to making a difference in the lives of those in need.