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Race for the Cure
June 09, 2009
04:46 PM EDT
The Vice President and Dr. Biden served as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure, joining around 45,000 participants on Saturday as they walked and ran on the National Mall. "My husband Joe and I are thrilled to participate in the ongoing effort to raise awareness, fund research and empower people throughout the world in the fight against breast cancer," Dr. Biden said.
Dr. Biden, who has long been involved in advocating breast health education and awareness herself, addressed the crowd at the opening ceremony and thanked them for their efforts in the global fight. She started her own charity, the Biden Breast Health Initiative, in the early 1990s after several of her friends were diagnosed with breast cancer. The program works to educate young women about the importance of breast self-examination and living a healthy lifestyle.