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Barclays employees race for a cure to breast cancer

On Sunday, 13 September, more than 300 Barclays employees walked and ran five kilometers through New York City’s Central Park to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Greater NYC which provides local at-risk women with breast health screening, treatment, education and support.  

Colleagues across the Investment Bank’s businesses coordinated fundraising events for three months to reach their goal in support of colleagues, friends and family who have been affected by breast cancer. With a donation of more than $175,000, Barclays was the top corporate fundraiser for this year’s Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure and has donated more than $275,000 to Komen so far this year. Since 2004, when the firm first participated in the Race for the Cure, the firm has donated $2.58 million.

Team members gathered in New York City's Central Park for the race

Team members gathered in New York City's Central Park for the race

“Every year I’m incredibly impressed with the strong turn-out at this event,” says Joe Gold, CEO of the Americas, who ran the 5K with his wife and son. “This is our twelfth year of participation and the enthusiasm of Barclays’ employees is as strong as ever.”

Almost everyone knows someone impacted by breast cancer

Barbara Mariniello, Head of Consumer, Retail, Healthcare Debt Capital Markets Americas, shared what drove her to sign up as one of the senior sponsors of the event.

“I was really taken aback when I learned of a Barclays colleague’s diagnosis because I’d had no idea that breast cancer impacted so many young women. She kept such an amazing attitude throughout her fight and is a tremendous role model for anyone battling something difficult in life. Through Komen, I hope to give other women a chance to fight as she did. It’s wonderful that Barclays has become such a big supporter of Komen and I hope we’re able to continue to make an impact for years to come.”

Komen estimates that this year almost 300k new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and over 40k women will die from the disease. Some 2,350 new cases of breast cancer are anticipated to occur in men in 2015, accompanied by 440 deaths. As people have learned more about the disease and the importance of early detection and treatment, the rates of breast cancer have decreased in the US.

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