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Summarized by Jane Dumont

LDS Group Joins Race For The Cure
(Race for the Cure gathers Women and Families of Faith)
Jane Dumont 31May00 D4
Latter-day Saint Community puts together team of over 350

WASHINGTON, DC -- Over 350 people representing local congregations from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be running in the 11th Annual Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Race for the Cure. Team "LDS Relief Society," one of the largest teams pre-registered, will gather on the Washington Monument Grounds to rally with 70,000 other race participants on Saturday June 3, 2000. Proceeds from the race support breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs.

Organizers for Team LDS consist of local Relief Society leaders. Established in 1842, the Relief Society, the official women's organization of the Church, is one of the oldest and largest women's organizations in the world. While many members of the Church have taken part in the race in years past, congregations decided to participate this year as an official team to represent a positive message of faith.

"The motto, 'Charity Never Faileth,' expresses the commitment Relief Society members have to love and nurture their neighbors worldwide," honorary co-captain Joyce Bennett stated. "It is great to see the faces of remembrance, survival, and hope represented on our team and I am looking forward to leading them out on race day."

To schedule media time with breast cancer survivors, honorary co-captains Nancy Marriott and Jocye Bennett, wife of Utah Senator Bob Bennett, and other participants of Team LDS Relief Society on Saturday June 3rd, please contact Megan Jones. The team will congregate on the grounds of the Washington Monument under the "Team LDS" sign at 7:30 am.



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