Evanston, IL – The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is working with Energizer to help walkers at Breast Cancer 3-Day events across the country laugh, learn and relax as they take steps toward finding a cure for breast cancer. AMTA will be the official provider of massage therapists at the Energizer Live it Up! Lounge, where member volunteers will be providing walkers with 10-minute chair massages on both Friday and Saturday nights at events in 15 cities.  The Breast Cancer 3-Day is a project of the National Philanthropic Trust, which benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

“This is a heartfelt expression of the commitment of AMTA members to give back to the community,” says Judy Stahl, AMTA President.  “Volunteering and giving to the community are things our association and our members care about.”

At each event, 2,000–4,000 walkers cover 60 miles in 3 days and camp for 2 nights to raise money for a disease that affects millions of women worldwide. “This has very special meaning for me,” says Stahl. “As a breast cancer survivor and the mother of a daughter, I am proud that we have been asked to play an important role in bringing public attention to the need to find a cure for breast cancer.  As a massage therapist, I am moved by the opportunity to serve that this will give all of our members who participate.  I hope our members will celebrate this partnership until we can all celebrate the cure.”

For more information about the Breast Cancer 3-Day, visit http://www.the3day.org/.  To learn more about the Energizer Live it Up! Lounge, go to www.energizer.com/komen.

The American Massage Therapy Association is the largest nonprofit, professional association for massage therapists with more than 58,000 massage therapist members.  The association is directed by volunteer leadership and fosters ongoing, direct member-involvement through its 51 chapters.  AMTA works to advance the profession through ethics and standards, the promotion of fair and consistent licensing of massage therapists in all states, and public education on the benefits of massage.

2009 Breast Cancer 3-Day Event Dates and Locations

July 24-26, Boston, MA

July 31 – August 2, Cleveland, OH

August 7-9, Chicago, IL

August 14-16, Detroit, MI

August 21-23, Twin Cities, MN

August 28-30, Denver, CO

September 11-13, Seattle, WA

October 2-4, San Francisco Bay Area, CA

October 9-11, Washington, DC

October 16-18, Philadelphia, PA

October 23-25, Atlanta, GA

October 30 – November 1, Tampa Bay, FL

November 6-8, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

November 13-15, Phoenix, AZ

November 20-22, San Diego, CA

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested more than $1.3 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit http://www.komen.org/ or call 1-877 GO KOMEN