LANSING, Mich. – Michigan first lady Sue Snyder, originally scheduled to participate in Saturday’s 22nd annual Komen Detroit Race for the Cure as an honorary co-chair, will instead be attending the funeral of a close family friend. A 10-year breast cancer survivor and with this weekend marking the 29th anniversary of her mother’s death from the disease, the first lady has been a longtime supporter of the fight against breast cancer. Mrs. Snyder offered the following statement in recognition of the Komen Race organizers, sponsors and participants:
“While I regret not being able to participate in this year’s Komen Detroit Race for the Cure, it is reassuring to know that hundreds of dedicated Michiganders will turn out in full force to help make a meaningful difference in our fight against breast cancer.
“We all know the statistics. We know that breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among Michigan women. And, we know that breast cancer will claim the lives of nearly 40,000 women across the U.S. this year alone. But we also know there’s plenty of reason for hope. A decline in breast cancer incidence in our state and nation since the 1990s, coupled with a greater awareness that is encouraging more women to seek early, lifesaving medical examinations, shows that our work is paying off.
“Let’s keep working together in the hope that one day, we can spare others from this ordeal. I’m proud to be an honorary co-chair of the Komen Detroit Race for the Cure and applaud everyone who worked so hard to make this year’s race a success. This spirit of coming together, selflessness and determination is one of the many reasons we’re all proud to call Michigan home.”