Ellen’s Run, an annual 5k (3.1-mile) race, is an important fundraising vehicle for the Foundation and an innovative, grassroots event, that raises awareness about breast cancer. Held on the East End of Long Island, where breast cancer diagnosis and mortality rates are among the highest in the state, Ellen’s Run draws on the strength of the community and gives back to the community in the form of local projects. Proceeds from Ellen’s Run support the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital. by funding state-of-the-art technology such as digital mammography equipment. Ellen’s Run also supports Ellen’s Well, a program that provides psychosocial support for breast cancer survivors under the leadership of a specially trained certified social worker.
Ellen’s Run is a family event, aimed at both serious runners—women and men alike—and casual runners, as well as walkers and supporters of all ages. It engenders camaraderie and community as participants support or memorialize a loved one. Breast cancer survivors are recognized and applauded for their courage. A special prize is awarded to the first breast cancer survivor to finish the race. Those who have been touched by the disease or the specter of the disease have the chance to take a positive step.