Statement Regarding COVID-19
SUSAN G. KOMEN® STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19
BOISE – March 12, 2020 – Susan G. Komen® takes the health and safety of our supporters very seriously. As such, Susan G Komen Idaho Montana is closely monitoring the local and national news of the novel Coranavirus 2019 (COVID-19). We are working with state, city, and public health officials to understand the risks and recommendations and to make decisions in the best interest of our supporters, including decisions regarding the Boise Race for the Cure.
Idaho currently has no confirmed cases of Coronavirus, and our risk is comparatively low. We know some Treasure Valley events have been canceled or postponed, while others are still taking place. It is important that each event, in conjunction with local officials, assess their own level of risk and make decisions that are best for their participants. One thing event organizers look at is the percentage of participants from outside Idaho attending the event. Participants at the Boise Race for the Cure have historically been 97% Idahoans, with most out of state participants coming from Eastern Oregon. However, we understand the Coronavirus will be here in a matter of time and are thus working closely with Central District Health Department to understand our local conditions.
We also know that cancer patients can be at increased risk of complications from the Coronavirus, including increased risk to those in chemotherapy and to those on certain maintenance breast cancer medications. We strongly recommend that if any member of the public has a fever or otherwise believe they have been exposed to the Coronovirus, please contact your health care provider and stay home.
At this time, we are moving forward with the planning for the Boise Race for the Cure and other events as normal while we monitor all developments and make decisions that are best for our participants, volunteers, and staff. If we make a decision to modify, postpone, or cancel the Boise Race for the Cure or other events we will contact all currently registered participants and post information on our web site and social media.
About Susan G. Komen®
Susan G. Komen® is the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer organization, working to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Komen has an unmatched, comprehensive 360-degree approach to fighting this disease across all fronts and supporting millions of people in the U.S. and in countries worldwide. We advocate for patients, drive research breakthroughs, improve access to high-quality care, offer direct patient support and empower people with trustworthy information. Founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life, Komen remains committed to supporting those affected by breast cancer today, while tirelessly searching for tomorrow’s cures.
Komen Idaho Montana is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Boise, Missoula, and Coeur d’Alene Race for the Cure®, Komen Idaho Montana has invested over $7.4 million in community breast health programs in Idaho and Montana and has contributed more than $2.9 million to research.