Susan G. Komen for
the Cure has announced
that Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Patti Austin will perform for
registered Race participants in celebration of the 18th annual Komen
National Race for the Cure Saturday, June 2 in Washington, D.C.
Besides wanting to be supportive, the songstress has had a relation
with breast cancer, “My mother was suspected of having breast cancer a
couple of times,” says Austin in an exclusive telephone
Austin’s mother, who previously had cervical cancer, took further tests
to learn whether she had cancer of the breast. “Unfortunately,
she had a biopsy (to detect if their was cancer in the breast) that
later ended up being responsible for her having a stroke.
She did not have breast cancer,” added Austin. (Having
a stroke after a biopsy is rare says the National Institutes of Health.)
Austin has also faced a serious disease: diabetes. “I had
diabetes type II,” says the former 285- pound singing sensation. “I had
obesity-driven diabetes,” continued the now 140-pound Austin. To
reach her new weight, Austin had gastric bypass surgery and the result
has been remarkable.
The newly physically lightweight R&B and Jazz musical heavyweight
performs live on the National Mall at 9:00a - just as runners cross the
finish line in this year's 5K event. An estimated 50,000
participants from across the country, including 3,000 breast cancer
survivors, will take one step at a time in working toward Susan G.
Komen for the Cure's vision - a world without breast cancer.
Race registrants are cordially invited to enjoy the performance, which
will take place as part of the post-Race festivities, between 3rd and
7th St, NW on the National Mall. Austin will perform songs
from her recently-released album, Avant-Gershwin.
Other post-Race activities include the Kids for the Cure activity area,
sponsors’ expo with prize giveaways and appearances by local
The Komen National Race last year raised $3.3 million and awarded a
record $2.7 million to local breast health and breast cancer education,
screening and treatment programs for the medically underserved in
Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland. Komen National Race
festivities begins at 6:45a, ahead of the Race starts at 8:00a.
To register or for further information call 703-416-RACE (703-416-7223)
or click here