This Mother's Day, hundreds of doctors, nurses, employees, patients, family members and breast cancer survivors from Einstein Healthcare Network will be out in force on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as Team Einstein supports the 25th Annual Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure.
To say that Team Einstein is present at the Race is a vast understatement. Among the approximately 100,000 people at the event, one can't help but notice Team Einstein's impressive presence. The team has averaged more than 700 members every year for the past four years.
"In the 25-year history of our Race for the Cure, Team Einstein has had the largest team presence by far," said Elaine I. Grobman, CEO, Susan G. Komen Philadelphia.
In 2011, Komen Philadelphia Race organizers started the "Ultimate Hospital Showdown" to rally local hospitals in support of the Race. Team Einstein embraced the challenge beyond expectations—and every year has taken the Showdown title for the largest team. Moreover, for three of those years, Team Einstein also came in as the top hospital fundraiser.
All told, Team Einstein has contributed more than $132,600 to the Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure over the past four years.
"More impressive than the physical size of their team is Einstein's devotion to helping Komen Philadelphia finish the fight that we started a quarter-century ago,” continued Grobman. “You can feel it emanating from every team member. Einstein was supporting us from very early on, and for more than two decades they have grown their support of our mission, as well as their activism in helping us save lives."
This Sunday, Team Einstein will be looking forward to celebrating the event's milestone 25th anniversary, and hoping to exceed their past achievements for team size and fundraising.
"We're not the type of family to sit back and just take what's given. Hundreds of thousands of people are participating, donating and fundraising for the Race so that we—Einstein Healthcare Network—can help women and men survive breast cancer," said Rochelle Millhouse, patient navigator, Breast Health Program, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. “Participating in the Race is us doing our part, too… it is us joining with the communities we serve to say thank you for supporting our work and to reaffirm our commitment to their health and well-being."