FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
More Than Pink Walk FAQs
Q. Why are you changing the name from Race for the Cure to More Than Pink Walk?
A. This change is part of the ongoing evolution of Susan G. Komen and builds on Komen’s successful and engaging More Than Pink brand platform first introduced in 2016. More Than Pink highlights the fact the organization and those who support our work are much more than a color and enables us to better connect our supporters to the full breadth of the work we do every day to help save lives from breast cancer. The change from a Race to a Walk also aligns the fundraising event with the experience of the vast majority of our participants.
Q. Does this mean Komen is no longer in a hurry to cure breast cancer?
A. Absolutely not! Our commitment to creating a world without breast cancer is stronger than ever. This new approach is part of an ongoing evolution of our organization intended to better connect the public to the impact they’re making on our work to save lives, and in turn, help us generate the critical financial support needed for us to be able to accomplish our Bold Goal – to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.
Q. Is Komen moving away from pink?
A. Absolutely not. Pink is the principal color of the breast cancer movement and remains our signature color as well. You will still see a lot of pink at the walk, including as the traditional color of our breast cancer survivors. However, this evolution reinforces that the movement is more than a color and that it’s not enough just to wear pink. We are a community of people who want to do more for research, more for our communities, more for caring for those living with breast cancer – including metastatic breast cancer – and more action to get us to a cure.
Q. Other than the name change, what differences will I see?
A. The biggest difference is that the More Than Pink Walk will not have a run element. We’re focusing on making the event a walk – which reflects the vast majority of our participants historically – to create a greater sense of community among participants and to provide a more personalized, emotional experience for all who attend. And by focusing on the walk, we can maximize the amount of funds raised by the event available to support our work to save lives and end breast cancer.
Q. How will people living with metastatic breast cancer be included in the event?
A. We are passionate about saving lives from breast cancer and bringing more awareness to people living with metastatic disease (which is responsible for most of the 40,000 U.S. breast cancer deaths each year), who often feel left out of many breast cancer events. The reality is their experience inspires us to work harder and to do more. The More Than Pink Walk enables us to better acknowledge and welcome these members of our breast cancer family at the event, joining us at our Hope Village and through recognition as part of the new opening ceremony.
Q. Will there still be a running race?
A. No. The vast majority of our participants over the years have been walkers. By focusing solely on a walk, we can create a better sense of community, provide a more personal and emotionally impactful experience and, by eliminating some of the expenses associated with certifying and managing a timed race, maximize the funds available to support our life-saving work.
Q. Will the event continue to be a 5k?
A. Since the fundraising event is now solely a walk, the distance is less important. The specific distance of each event will be tailored to local conditions, terrain and the size needed to provide an engaging experience.
Q. Is the registration fee changing?
A. The registration fee is not changing at this time. The registration fee helps offset the costs of conducting the event. You must register to receive an official event T-shirt as well as other new items to be used during the opening ceremony.
Q. Will fundraising be required?
A. We encourage all participants to fundraise for this, our organization’s signature fundraising event. Your fundraising is essential to help us save lives by enabling our research, the care we are able to fund, the community we are able to support, and every action we take to accomplish our goal of reducing breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.
Q. How is the money used? Why is fundraising important?
A. Your fundraising will help us do more for research, more for our communities, more for caring for those living with breast cancer – including metastatic breast cancer – and more action to get us to a cure. Thanks to the funds you raise every day Komen is funding cutting-edge breast cancer research and working to support people in our communities. Komen works every day to:
- Better detect, prevent and treat all breast cancers, especially deadly metastatic breast cancer
- Increase access to and participation in innovative clinical trials
- Improve access to quality breast health services by funding essential patient navigator
- Provide underserved patients with low- or no-cost screening, diagnosis and treatment
- Eliminate barriers to care by supporting life-changing services like transportation, medication access and child care
- Eliminate disparities in breast cancer care and outcomes by assessing gaps in access and quality
- Provide accurate and balanced information, support and compassion through the Komen Breast Care Helpline
- Advocate for federal research funding and access to affordable, high-quality breast health and cancer care services
- Provide the public and our elected officials with factual, evidence-based breast cancer information
Q. Isn’t my registration fee a donation?
A. Registration fees provide you access to the event and help to offset the costs for things like security, permits, the T-shirts, and other operational items. This is why they are not tax-deductible donations. Your donations and fundraising help fund our work to save lives.
Q. Why do my team members have to register?
A. The registration fee helps offset the costs of conducting the event. Every participant must register to receive an official event t-shirt as well as other new items to be used during the opening ceremony.
Q. Are survivors and those living with metastatic breast cancer expected to fundraise?
A. We certainly encourage every participant to fundraise, as this is our signature fundraising event. Funds raised by our participants enable us to do more for research, more for our communities, more for caring for those living with breast cancer – including metastatic breast cancer – and more action to get us to a cure. We find that survivors, those living with breast cancer and others that have a deeply personal connection to the cause are the most powerful and passionate fundraisers.
Q. I already registered for the Race for the Cure, will I need to register again for the new event?
A. No. We have automatically transitioned your registration and participant fundraising page to the new event. If you registered as a runner and no longer want to participate, we will refund your registration fee upon your request.
Q. Do I still get a T-shirt?
A. Yes, every registered participant will receive one T-shirt, although participants will have the ability to choose not to receive a shirt during registration.
Q. Will there still be an expo?
A. Yes, there will still be an expo area open following the conclusion of the walk so that participants can engage with our valued partners and walk sponsors who help make the fundraising event possible.
General Information FAQs
Q. When is the Sacramento Valley More Than Pink Walk?
A. Saturday, May 12, 2018. The walk will start at 9 a.m.
Q. Where is the More Than Pink Walk going to be located?
A. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815.
Q. How much is the registration fee?
A. Online registration will be available through Friday, May 11 at 11:59 p.m.
- $35 - Adult
- $35 - Survivor or Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer
- $20 - Youth
- $25 - Virtual
Register online to avoid an additional $5 increase in registration fees for all participation types when signing up event morning at in-person registration. In-person registration will be available 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on May 12, 2018.
Q. Is my registration fee tax-deductible?
A. No, your registration fee helps defray the costs of producing the event and is not considered tax-deductible. However, any amount that you choose to donate above the entry fee is tax-deductible.
Q. What is included in the registration fee?
A. You will get a t-shirt and a surprise gift that will be used during the new, interactive opening ceremony!
Q. How can I register?
A. You can register online using the pink "Register" button at the top of this page. You can also register offline by downloading a mail-in registration form and mailing to the address below with payment:
2880 Sunrise Blvd., Suite 220
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Q. How will I receive my event packet including t-shirt?
A. Packet pick up dates and locations will be announced shortly.
Q. How can I become a volunteer?
A. The success of the Komen Sacramento Valley More Than Pink Walk depends heavily on the support received from volunteers in the months leading up to event day. There are many ways you can get involved. For more information, click here.
Q. Are pet and strollers allowed at the event?
A. Pets are prohibited from the event, but strollers are permitted.
Q. What if it rains?
A. Komen holds the right to cancel or change the date or location of the event in its sole discretion, including in the circumstance of extreme weather. It is likely, however, that the event will happen rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.
Q. Do you require fundraising?
A. We do encourage all participants to fundraise above the entry fee. Just imagine the IMPACT - if every participant raises only $100 in addition to their registration fee, we will bring in an additional $500,000 to support local screening, treatment and educational programs in our community!
Q. Does the money raised stay right here in our community?
A. Yes! Up to seventy-five percent of the net income stays right here in our community to fund vital breast cancer health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs.The remaining twenty-five percent supports Komen’s national research and training grants program.
Q. Where do I send donations?
A. Donations may be dropped off or mailed to the Komen Northern and Central California office using the following address:
Susan G. Komen Northern & Central California
2880 Sunrise Blvd., Suite 220
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Q. Is there a deadline for fundraising?
A. All donations on your behalf that are received by May 31, 2018, will be credited to your fundraising total.
Q. When will I receive my fundraising incentives?
A. Fundraising incentives will be available for pick up on event morning at the in-person registration area.
Q. What are some ways I can fundraise for my team/my individual goal?
A. We have lots of ideas on our Fundraising 101 page here.
Q. How do I form a team?
A. To be considered an official team, you will need 5 or more registered members and $500 fundraised by the morning of the event. You can form a team or join a team online.
Q. What are the benefits of a team?
A. Forming or joining a team multiplies the fun you will have on event day. You can create a team to celebrate a survivor or honor someone you have lost. You can also create a corporate team and get your entire company involved. To learn more check out the Team Rewards page here.
Q. Do teams have to fundraise?
A. Teams are not required to fundraise but we strongly encourage fundraising. Fundraising as a team can be fun. View the Fundraising 101 page here.
Q. One of my team members registered as an individual when they meant to join my team. How do they correct this?
A. Please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (916) 231-3148.
Q. Can donations made to a team be split or shared among team members?
A. We are unable to split or transfer donations between individual and team accounts.
Q. Will there be an area for my team to meet-up?
A. Yes! Stay tuned for more details coming soon.