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Race for the Cure raises $15,500 for breast cancer research

More than 190 runners braved chilly temperatures and icy-cold rain to participate in the five-kilometer Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, held in the early hours of Dec 17 at Adder Commons

The event raised approximately $15,500 in donations, pledges and entry fees, all of which will be used to fund breast cancer research efforts

Maj Stephanie Leong, a psychiatrist with the 1972nd Medical Detachment, organized the event as her "last hurrah," she told a roomful of participants in Memorial Theater after the race was finished Leong returned to the US two days later

"A while back, Maj Leong came to me and said, "˜I want to do something for the community in Tallil,'"said Lt. Col. Pam Mindt, commander of the 1972nd "I was humbled What a wonderful thing to bring people together to raise money to eradicate breast cancer What we did today made a difference for the greater good"
Prior to the race, runners huddled together to keep warm and dry before finally making their way to the wet and muddy road for the start of the 31-mile event First to finish was 2nd Lt Elias Gonzalez, just under the 16-minute mark As the rest came in, they were directed to the theater where they were offered snacks, drinks and a complimentary T-shirt

Staff Sgt Carrie Sullivan of the 82nd Sustainment Brigade, a breast cancer survivor who has been in remission for two years, participated in the race She said she was very pleased with the turnout of the event and hopes events like the race continue to increase in popularity among the military community

"It feels really good to know that even out here we can still support the cause of finding a cure for breast cancer," said Sullivan "We still have a chance to participate and contribute, which is great"
Leong attributed the large turnout and the amount of funds that were raised " which exceeded her goal of $10,000 by more than half that amount " to the motivation and commitment of the participants

"I think it turned out to be a fabulous event," said Leong "I think people were really excited to be involved with something like this It just goes to show that Soldiers want to give back and contribute, and they want to be involved with something greater"

After the race, prizes were given out in several categories, including Top Male and Female Finishers, Under and Over 40; Oldest and Youngest Runners; and First and Last Overall Finishers Capt Joseph Berube of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division's Headquarters and Headquarters Company won an iPod for raising the most individual money, with $760, Leong said

The event was run in conjunction with the South Florida Race for the Cure, which will be held Jan 20, 2007 More information on that race can be found by visiting http://wwwraceforthecure-soflaorg/indexshtml

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, affecting approximately one in nine during their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society The disease can also affect men, though these cases make up less than 1 percent of total diagnoses each year

By Spc Dustin Perry, 1/34th BCT Public Affairs
12/17/06




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