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Participants still needed for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

PLATTSBURGH - Janice A. Opal is hoping the North Country will step up once again in support of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The Northeastern New York affiliate of the foundation will host its annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event in Albany Saturday, Oct. 2, to benefit those with breast cancer. And, the Treasure Chests team from Plattsburgh is in desperate need of participants.

"We had 167 team members in 2008 and we had 94 last year," said Opal, a member of the Treasure Chests team. "This year, we're currently at 60."

Opal said she'd like to see more people register for the event, considering the Treasure Chests team has received awards for its record numbers in the past two years.

"So, we'd like to see that number creep up a bit," said Opal.

Getting involved is easy, said Opal. People may either walk, run or even sleep - yes, sleep - to raise money through pledges.

"People can go on-line and register to participate in the walk itself or sign up to 'Sleep in for the Cure,'" said Opal.

Sleep in for the Cure allows participants to collect pledges to stay home and sleep, which is great for those who aren't able to travel to Albany for the event, said Opal. And, the benefit of participating - regardless of how - is knowing the North Country benefits greatly from the money raised, she added.

"We've received over $60,000 in grant money from the foundation to support breast cancer awareness, screening education and retreat programs," said Opal, who also serves as clinical coordinator for staff development at the CVPH Fitzpatrick Cancer Center. "[Participating] helps to show the support from the North Country community so the awareness and programs can continue."

Registration may be done on-line at www.active.com/donate/komenneny2010/JOpal7. The deadline is midnight, Friday, Sept. 24, making it important for people wanting to participate act fast.

"We continue to participate, we continue to support the mission of Susan G. Komen and we hope to be able to continue having the North Country turning out to support this," said Opal. "This is pretty significant for the North Country."

For more information, contact Opal at 562-7518.

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