Judith McKenna Named Honorary Chair for 2016 Race for the Cure

JudithMcKenna - ProfileRogers, Ark. (January 2016) – The Susan G. Komen Ozark Affiliate announced today that Judith McKenna will be the honorary race chair for the 2016 Komen Ozark Race for the Cure on April 30, 2016 at Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall in Rogers. Judith McKenna is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. and is responsible for the company’s U.S. operations, including more than 4,600 retail locations. Additional responsibilities include the development of new formats as well as the Walmart Services, U.S. Asset Protection, Walmart Realty and Central Operations.

“We are honored and excited to have Judith McKenna serve as our honorary race chair this year,” said Lauren Marquette Executive Director of the Ozark Affiliate. “The Race for the Cure is our largest fundraiser and provides critical funding for local women and men who are in need of life-saving services. Judith’s support will help build awareness of the local need.”

“Supporting research, funding and care for those suffering from breast cancer has long been a passion of mine, said McKenna. “I am honored to be the race chair for the 2016 Komen Ozark Race for the Cure to help raise money to support women, men and their families affected by breast cancer in Northwest Arkansas.”

The Komen Ozark Race for the Cure raises funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates survivors and honors those who have lost their battle from the disease. Participation in the event and individual fundraising help provides free services for every step of the breast cancer journey, including education, outreach, screening and diagnostic services, emergency assistance, transportation and research.

This is the 18th year the race will be held in Northwest Arkansas. On April 30, 2016 thousands of people will come together to celebrate the strong women and men who have fought or continue to fight this disease.

75% of net proceeds is invested in the local community and provides education, screening and treatment support services to women, men and families in the 10 counties served by Komen Ozark. 25% of the net race proceeds will be invested in breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen Research Program.

Race registration for teams and individuals will open soon. Events include timed 10K and 5K runs, non-timed 5K and a one mile fun walk. Registration will also be available for Bark for the Cure, Kids for the Cure, Teens for the Cure and Sleep in for the Cure.

For more information about the 18th annual Race for the Cure please visit: http://www.komenozark.org/komen-race-for-the-cure/

About Komen Ozark The Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front. Since the inception in 1998, the Ozark Affiliate has awarded over $9 million to local organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women. In addition, nearly $3 million has been invested in the Komen National’s Research and Awards program in search of finding a cure. The Komen Ozark Affiliate’s service area covers Benton, Boone, Carroll, Crawford, Madison, Newton, Sebastian, and Washington Counties in Arkansas and Stone and Taney Counties in Missouri.