Charlotte, North Carolina
March 9, 2006
One of the most prevalent and significant events in Charlotte is the Race for the Cure held every October. The RFTC is held to raise money for the Susan G Komen foundation. It gives participants a chance to do something good for their selves and help others.
The event will be in its 10th year in 2006 and will be held October 7th. Last year, more than 11,000 participants helped raise almost $1 millions dollars for breast cancer research. The event starts early in the morning, with a number of smaller races and walks, the main 5K-run/walk beginning at 8am. Runners may compete for a number of prizes. Pets are allowed on the walk as long as they are leashed. I have even seen one couple one year with their birds on their shoulders. The walk route changes every year. It begins in downtown Charlotte. It has gone through the historic 4th ward as well as around and passing by Panthers stadium. When it went by the stadium, the players and cheerleaders were outside passing out water to walkers. You can walk as an individual, family, or group.
I have been walking in this event every since it started. When I first walked, I didn’t really know anyone affected by breast cancer. But as a woman, I felt this obligation to do whatever I could. Shortly after, I learned that my husband's grandmother, who I adored, had the disease at one point. A few years later, we lost her from complications when it reoccurred. Since that time, my cousin Shannon (who is only in her 30s) has had a brush with it and now the wife of one of John’s friends is having a terrible time with it. Every year there is always renewed hope in the number of survivors walking. Pointedly, though, there are more and more young women wearing the pink survivors shirts or young children wearing cards in memory or honoring someone that simply say "mom."
Nancy Brinker founded the organization in 1982. Two years prior, she had lost her sister, Susan Komen, to breast cancer. Rather than sitting around, Nancy took $200 and a list of names and started the Susan G Komen foundation. Today, the foundation is the largest private institution of breast cancer research and awareness. Sadly, Mrs. Brinker has herself become a breast cancer survivor.
Thanks to Nancy, today October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness month. Walks are held all over the country. There are a number of events all over to raise money for cancer awareness, including balls, crops for scrapbookers, cooking events, shopping, and many more. Also make sure to wear your pink ribbon proudly. You can go to www.komencharlotte.org to sign up for the Charlotte event. Or go to www.komen.org to see where a walk is being held near you or for more information. This year, plan to help make a difference by doing something so simple.
From journal Come… Have Fun in NC