The 2013 Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure marked the 22nd consecutive year Pacific Life has hosted the annual charity event in Newport Beach. This past Sunday, an estimated 20,000 people came out to support breast cancer awareness and celebrate breast cancer survivors and those whose memories still live on. 16,000 participants either ran or walked the 3.1 mile long race, which began in front of the Marriott Hotel across from Fashion Island and concluded at the Pacific Life building.
“Pacific Life has proudly sponsored and hosted the Race For The Cure since its inception 22 years ago,” says Tennyson Oyler, Vice President, Brand Management & Public Affairs. “It is wonderful to see so many Pacific Life employees participate, whether they walked or ran the 5K, volunteered as a Good Guy, or worked closely with Komen in a security or building facility capacity to ensure the Home of the Race was safe and secure for the participants.”
Team Pacific Life had a recruitment goal of 150 members, but shattered that amount with 268 people, the largest Pacific Life team ever. This year’s group included 97 Pacific Life employees, along with family and friends. In addition, 35 Pacific Life Good Guys volunteers helped out on Race Day. The event included a Breast Cancer Survivors’ Tribute on the steps of the Pacific Life North Deck, which featured more than 1,000 breast cancer survivors.
Proceeds from the 5K will be dispersed locally throughout Orange County to:
- Facilitate local breast health outreach
- Provide mammograms for uninsured women in need
- Support local women currently in cancer treatment
Remaining funds will go directly into the Komen Global Research Fund to “find the cure”.