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Bosnia and Herzegovina President Komšić to Serve as Official Patron of 4th Annual JDC-Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Sarajevo

U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Wife to Chair Race


Michael Geller / JDC Telephone: (212) 885-0838

Jamie Epstein / JDC Telephone: (212) 885-0849

Sean Tuffnell / Susan G. Komen for the Cure Telephone: 972-701-2111

For Immediate Release

In a powerful show of support for the fourth annual Bosnia and Herzegovina Race for the Cure®—organized by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s Women’s Health Empowerment Program (WHEP) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure—President H.E. Željko Komšić announced his patronage of the September 24 event. In addition, Danuta Moon, wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Patrick Moon, will serve as Chair of the Race, joining thousands of the country’s Muslims, Jews, Serbs and Croats who will come together on the streets of Sarajevo.

“We are honored to have the support of President Komšić and Ms. Moon, as well as the many women, men and children across the country who will join us for this year’s race, which makes a bold statement about how far we’ve come and how important the breast cancer cause is to the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder and chief executive officer of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

“It’s a glowing testament to the success of our efforts to fight breast cancer in Bosnia and Herzegovina that President Komšić and Ms. Moon have lent their welcome support to this powerful annual event,” said JDC CEO Steven Schwager. “As in past years, JDC and Susan G. Komen for the Cure will ensure that this year’s Race is a showcase for hope and triumph in the face of a global killer.”

The annual Race for the Cure, which is part of Susan G. Komen’s Global Race for the Cure series, provides breast cancer survivors and supporters a powerful way to unite behind the cause of increasing awareness of breast cancer and improving early detection of the disease. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women and the leading cause of death among women worldwide. Every 69 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer. The event also provides participants the chance to make a difference for local women because all funds raised will remain in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

T WHEP. a JDC-Komen partnership program, is an innovative overseas public movement that encourages the early detection of breast cancer.

The Race for the Cure Series, Komen’s signature event, is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer. More than 1.6 million participate in the Race Series annually. To donate to the Race, visit and select “WHEPBosnia Race for the Cure.” All donations received will solely go to support the Race.

About JDC

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. JDC works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters.

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About Women’s Health Empowerment Program (WHEP)

Established in 1995, WHEP encourages the early detection of breast cancer, creates support groups and hotlines, strengthens doctor to patient communication, and facilitates partnerships among government agencies, NGOs and the medical community. WHEP programs have impacted the lives of women in Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Montenegro, Georgia, Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, the promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is now the world’s largest breast cancer organization and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer with more than $1.9 billion invested to date. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

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