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Race for the Cure

Provost Winters

Coming soon... 2017 Race for the Cure!

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A Message from Provost Margaret E. Winters, Honorary Chair

It is an honor to serve as Wayne State’s honorary chair for the 2016 Komen Detroit Race for the Cure®. Komen's mission is simple and yet dramatic at the same time: to end breast cancer forever. Up to 75% of the net funds generated by the Detroit Race for the Cure stay in our community to support breast health and breast cancer awareness projects in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The remaining funds support research and educational and scientific programs both locally and around the world.

The Race takes place on Saturday, May 21st, starting at Chene Park and will proceed down the scenic Detroit River Walk.  Although May 21st may seem a long way off, this important event will be here sooner than we think! Wayne State has a long-standing commitment to the Race for the Cure, and we hope to strengthen and build on that relationship in 2016 with our largest showing ever. I look forward to working with Patrick Gossman who has generously volunteered to serve as the Wayne Cares Race for the Cure chair this year. Many thanks to him and to every one of you for contributing your time, talent and donations as we kick-off what I envision will be our most successful and robust campaign since our partnership began.

Komen Detroit Race for the Cure 25th Anniversary!

Join the Wayne Cares Race for the Cure Team on Saturday, May 21st at Chene Park!  Be sure to come early as streets start to close at 7 a.m.  You’ll have plenty to do at the many booths and the pavilion prior to the official race start at 9 a.m.  Then after the race, take in the closing ceremonies!  

Our Goals: 1,000 participants & $25,000 in donations

The Wayne Cares team grew to an astounding 856 members strong in 2010 and raised $18,884.  So, the 2016 goal is within reach, but we can’t do it without you!

How to Register

For step by step registration instructions, click HERE and then click on the Register Now! button to begin.   Be sure to sign up under “Team Member Registration” and select the WSU team that you would like to join.  



Wellness Warriors

Any 2016 Wellness Warrior Participant will be rewarded with 100 Wellness Bucks to be added to their total score for joining a WSU team involved with Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure.  In order to receive your reward, please e-mail wellness@wayne.edu with your team information.  

Current Teams

If your school, college or department doesn’t have a team – form a WSU team of your own!  Contact Patrick Gossman and he’ll walk you through the steps.

Current Teams


Kenneth Doherty

WSU- Athletics

Theresa Arist


Patrick Gossman

WSU - College of Nursing

Krystal Tosch

WSU - Educators for a Cure

Donna Carroll

WSU- Friends for the Cure

Patrick Gossman


Anne-Lee Vandenbussche


Cheryl Courage

WSU- Libraries

Tim Gritten

WSU - Provost

Margaret Winters

WSU - Research

Kimberly Berrien

WSU - School of Business

Richard Lerman

WSU - Students

Devon Sterk

How To Donate

If you wish to make a donation, just click on Donate Now!, do a search on the team name or friend’s name, make your selection and then follow the prompts.  Your personal donations are very important, and you can maximize your impact by seeking additional donations from your family, friends, and business acquaintances, too!  As a registered participant, you will receive a personal donation page by email shortly after you register for the race. Funds raised personally roll up into your respective team and then up to Wayne State’s total.  

More Information on the Race

The main web page for the Komen Detroit Race for the Cure contains lots of information about the race including maps and parking, and race day events and schedule.  It also has information about the mission of Komen -- why we do the race.  If you haven’t been to the race in earlier years, check out the Photo Gallery for a good taste of what you’ll see and experience! 

The Komen Detroit Race for the Cure was started with a walk at the Detroit Zoo in 1992 by our very own Gloria Heppner, Associate Vice-President, Research. It has grown into the largest race in Michigan with more than 30,000 participants and is one of more than 100 Komen Foundation 5K races in a series that attracts more than one million participants annually. The event supports those who are fighting the disease, celebrates those who have survived it and takes time to remember those who have not. The Race helps save lives by raising significant funds for local breast cancer screening, treatment, and education programs and for research grants awarded throughout the nation by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Wayne State University has received millions of dollars from these grants over the years to help our local communities and to advance breast cancer research, all the more reason for our continued and concerted support.

Please contact the Wayne Cares Race for the Cure Chair, Patrick Gossman, 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.