Race for the Cure

A Message from Provost Keith E. Whitfield

I am humbled and delighted to serve as Wayne State's honorary chair for the 2017 Komen Detroit Race for the Cure®. The Race is of particular interest to me because I am passionate about addressing health disparities and the Detroit Race for the Cure has been doing this for years. Up to 75% of the net funds generated stay in our community to support breast health, breast cancer awareness, and screenings through projects in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The remaining funds support research and educational and scientific programs both locally and around the world.

Wayne State has a long-standing commitment to the Race for the Cure, and we hope to strengthen and build on that relationship in 2017. I look forward to working with Patrick Gossman who has generously volunteered to serve as the Wayne Cares Race for the Cure chair again this year. Many thanks to him and to every one of you for contributing your time, talent and donations.


Komen Detroit Race for the Cure May 13, 2017

The Race is back at Comerica Park!  We had been displaced for a few years as Woodward Avenue was under construction, but now the race is back to its favored location.

Join the Wayne Cares Race for the Cure Team and be part of the 30,000 or more participants remembering loved ones and celebrating survivors.   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 stage prior to the official race start at 9 a.m.  Then after the race, take in the closing ceremonies!  


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 a "Team Registration" category and select the team that you would like to join from the drop down menu.  Look for any of the teams listed below. 


Current Teams

If your school, college or department doesn't have a team – form a WSU team of your own while you register.  Contact Patrick Gossman and he'll walk you through the steps if you need help.

Current Teams


Kenneth Doherty


Patrick Gossman

WSU - College of Nursing

Christine Seaver

WSU - Educators for a Cure

Donna Carroll


Anne-Lee Vandenbussche

WSU- Libraries

Tim Gritten

WSU - Research

Kimberly Berrien

WSU - Mike Ilitch School of Business

Richard Lerman

How To Donate

Your donations are critical to the programs, services and research support Komen Detroit provides right here in our community.  If you wish to make a donation, just click on Donate Now! button below, do a search on the team name or friend's name, make your selection and then follow the prompts.  You can maximize your impact by seeking additional donations from your family, friends, and business acquaintances, too!  If you register as a participant in the race, you will receive a personal donation page. 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.