Saturday, May 7, 2005 -- Charleston, WV
Susan G. Komen West Virginia Race for the Cure (iPO Event Id#: 6786)
Survivor Photos: Sets 1-3, Kid's Race Photos: Sets 4-6
Awards & Misc Photos: Sets 7-10 ... Go to the [Run and Walk Photos]
Story and photos by Julie Black with additional photos by Katy Black.
It's a close-knit family of people who know the challenges of cancer first hand, either by having it themselves, or by witnessing it.
The Komen Race for the Cure is the largest series of 5K run/walk events in the world. Growing from one 5K with 800 participants in 1983 to a national series of 112 races, 1.5 million participants, and over 20 years of breast cancer community outreach and awareness.
An amazing number of breast caner survivors adorned with pink hats and shirts, some with silk scarves, crossed the finish line with smiles. Family members and friends, community volunteers, and local celebrities joined the group.
Many participants wore pink tags with names of loved ones in memory or celebration of their life.
It's founder, Nancy Brinker was appointed by President Bush to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary in 2001. The number of national and international affiliates continues to grow.
The new Komen Co-Survivor Program is a two-part initiative that includes an educational program and a recognition program to give survivors an outlet to share their gratitude for their co-survivors. A co-survivor is defined as extended family members, friends, and health-care providers of breast cancer survivors.