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Yumi Hogan kicks off 3rd annual Komen Maryland Promise Ride

ANNAPOLIS, MD – First Lady Yumi Hogan yesterday,  joined in the kickoff of the 3rd Annual Susan G. Komen Maryland Promise Ride. The event began and ended at South River High School in Edgewater, Md. and featured 12- and 35-mile bicycle routes through beautiful country roads in southern Anne Arundel County. Cyclists participating in the event committed to raising at least $180 each, representing the 1 in 8 women in the United States who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

“Our family understands the difficulties of battling cancer firsthand, so being here for the Promise Ride today is very meaningful as we continue supporting Marylanders undergoing treatment,” said the First Lady. “It is so encouraging to see these cyclists and families come together to raise more awareness and more funding for critical cancer research that will hopefully end this terrible disease for all.”

The First Lady became a vocal advocate for cancer awareness after her husband, Governor Larry Hogan, was diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015. Since his diagnosis, she has devoted much of her time to visiting and caring for Marylanders battling cancer, especially children. In 2016, she was awarded the Pheo Para Alliance’s Dr. Cyrus Katzen Humanitarian Award in recognition of her efforts and advocacy on behalf of cancer patients.

Komen Maryland is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Race for the Cure®, Komen Maryland has invested $27 million in community breast health programs in the state and has helped contribute to the more than $956 million invested globally in research.

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