Merrilee Neal, Incoming Chair of the Susan B. Komen Board of Directors

Richard welcomed Merrilee Neal, Incoming Chair of the Susan B. Komen Board of Directors to discuss the 22nd Annual Race for the Cure® on Nov. 4 in Balboa Park. Merrilee is a breast cancer survivor and is this year’s Race Chair and a top fundraiser. Merrilee serves on the Susan G. Komen San Diego Board of Directors and is the incoming Board Chair. They were also joined by Mari Muscio, co-owner of The Brighter Side, a boutique specializing in products and services for breast cancer survivors.

Susan G. Komen® San Diego’s 22nd annual Race for the Cure®will be held on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 in Balboa Park. With the money raised from the event, Susan G. Komen San Diego provides free services for every step of the breast cancer journey, including research, mammograms, biopsies, ultrasounds, care coordination, advocacy and financial assistance for breast cancer patients’ most critical needs during treatment. When San Diegans participate, their donations directly help breast cancer patients in San Diego County, as well as toward research grants internationally. Komen San Diego is the only organization that studies San Diego County to identify the gaps in breast cancer care and the barriers to health access. Komen set a Bold Goal is to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2026. Critical funds raised throughout the year through events like Race for the Cure go toward reaching this goal.

This year’s walk features a memorable morning that celebrates breast cancer survivors, forever fighters and honors those we have lost to the disease and Survivor Village – a dedicated space where we honor (and pamper) our survivors. In addition to the 5k this year the Race for the Cure will include a 1 mile walk so everyone can enjoy the excitement and comradery of the event.

For more information go to the Susan G Komen website at, and to register go to