Sara Netanyahu, Nir Barkat Oct 2010
The Prime Minister's wife Sara Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat lighting up the walls of the Old City in pink to mark international breast cancer awareness month, October 25, 2010. Photo by David Katz
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An international organization to raise awareness of, and fight, breast cancer will hold its first event in Israel this month, with Jerusalem joining 140 other cities around the world participating in the Race for the Cure annual event on October 28.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure  was launched 30 years ago, when Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister Susan, who was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, that she would do everything in her power to find a cure for the disease.

The race is in partnership with the International Hadassah Women's Organization, and hosted by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. The race will open in Sacher Park by leading Israeli fashion designer Dorin Frankfurt, run through the heart of downtown Jerusalem, and end at Gai Ben Hinom.

The race is just one of several events the organization is running in Israel during the last week in October, including a visit by an international delegation and a symposium on genetics at the Weizmann Institute in Haifa.

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death for women in Israel, comprising 30 percent of all cancer cases. The past 25 years has seen a rise in the frequency of breast cancer diagnoses in Israel, and today there are more than 4,000 new cases every year. As part of its international efforts to fight the disease, the Komen foundation has contributed over $2 million to Israel in the past 16 years.

The public can register online for the race by clicking here.