Israel is one of the top five leaders in breast cancer research worldwide.

In what many consider a global epidemic, more than one million women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Recently, Jerusalem became the 141st city worldwide to host a Susan G Komen Race for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness.

The Koman Foundation, headquartered in Dallas Texas, is the largest breast cancer foundation in the world. It has invested nearly $1.5 billion globally for research, education and treatment.

Race for the Cure in Jerusalem

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The walls of the Old City of Jerusalem were lit pink to celebrate the Race for the Cure in Israel.

“We really wanted to empower the women in Israel to know that this is a disease that one can fight and win,” said Rena Riger, Israel Project Coordinator for Komen for the Cure. In partnership with Hadassah International, Komen brought almost 7,000 people, including many from Israel’s Arab communities, to the gathering before the race in Sacher Park in downtown Jerusalem.

During the week of the race, a one-day international think tank organized with Israel’s Weizmann Institute, met to focus on genetic research on the genes involved in breast cancer.

Riger noted that Israel is in the top five countries in the world and a global leader in cancer research.