Especially for You celebrates 25 years
More than 15,700 people registered for the 25th annual Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer on October 4th at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. This was the second largest turnout in race history, just shy of the record set in 2011 of 15,792 participants. CIPCO has been a longtime financial contributor of this event and several CIPCO employees also have a long history of participating in this race for a good cause.
Proceeds from race registrations benefit the Especially for You fund. This year more than $415,000 in registrations was raised for the fund, which provides financial assistance for mammography, biopsies, ultrasounds and other breast-care services for Linn County. In the last five years, the Especially for You fund has helped more than 3,000 people receive 5,500 services.
General Mills and Mercy Medical Center are co-founders of the race which includes a 5K run, 5K walk and a family fun walk. The first race in 1991, 1,078 people participated. The Especially for You fund is dedicated to the memory of Sandy Knight, a Whittier resident and General Mills employee who died of breast cancer in July 1991.