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Hundreds Gather for the 17th Annual Walk and Run for Breast Cancer

Participants at the Barbara Ireland 5K, 10K, 15K event. (Photo Credit: Gary L. Harbour)

Participants at the Barbara Ireland 5K, 10K, 15K event. (Photo Credit: Gary L. Harbour)

By Gary L. Harbour

Santa Barbara, CA — On Saturday, March 11, 2017, several hundred women, men and children gathered to walk and run for the Barbara Ireland Breast Cancer 5K, 10K, 15K event. With their favorite pink hats, tees and team gear, the Santa Barbara coastline exploded with the colors of spring.

The Santa Barbara Ireland Walk began in 2000 as a collaboration between Barbara Ireland, her family and the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. Inspired by the death of a dear friend from breast cancer, Barbara wanted to rally friends and family in Santa Barbara to raise funds to help eradicate the disease. In 2016, 861 breast cancer patients were assisted, 609 patients were seen for hereditary and genetic counseling, and 42% of their clinic trials were for breast cancer.

In partnership with the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara has been a leading provider of oncology care on the central coast for more than 60 years. 100% of the proceeds from the event will benefit local breast cancer research, genetic counseling and patient navigation at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic.

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