The Cause: Help Run Breast Cancer Out of Town

Each year, 3,500 women and girls, hundreds of volunteers, and dozens of community sponsors come together to support breast cancer care and research. The Charlottesville Women's Four Miler has not only become a community tradition, but also the largest all-women's race in Virginia. During the past 24 years, 48,000+ runners have raised more than $3.5 million for the UVA Breast Care Program. These funds helped more than 25,000 patients get access to screenings, benefit from the latest research, and experience personalized medical care.

One of the Charlottesville Track Club's signature events, the Women's Four Miler supports UVA Cancer Center's Breast Care Program, where multidisciplinary teams are committed to the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast disease. UVA offers state-of-the art screening, including tomosynthesis (3D mammography), individually tailored breast care, and second opinions.

In conjunction with the Breast Care Program, UVA's High Risk Breast and Ovarian Cancer Program works with women who are at a higher risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer. Each woman receives a tailored approach to her care based on her personal history and risk profile. She may also receive genetic testing and counseling.

Your support of the Charlottesville Women's Four Miler helps make all of this possible.

Making a Difference in our Community

This year marks the 35th running of this special race. Thanks to proceeds from the Four Miler, UVA's Breast Care Program offers services that directly impact patients and their families and expands access to breast care services. In the past, proceeds from the Four Miler have:

  • Helped purchase a mobile mammography unit that travels the roads of Virginia, offering 3D digital mammography, breast ultrasounds, and access to radiologists dedicated to breast imaging
  • Increased access to early detection screenings for rural and underserved communities in Southwest Virginia
  • Provided 3-D digital mammograms, which are currently not covered by insurance
  • Offered screening mammograms for uninsured and low-income women
  • Led to the creation of a patient education video, navigation notebook, and related educational materials for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients

Our goal is to raise $350,000 this year, and we need your help. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of patients and their families who turn to UVA Cancer Center for help. For more information on our cause, email us.