The international honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, was one of many participants in the Susan G. Komen race Sunday at the Hooper Eblen Center. The Race for the Cure is a 5K run and one-mile walk to raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrate those who survived breast cancer, and honor the ones who lost their lives.
“We are happy to be a part of such a great cause,” Ashton Clouse, Sigma Theta Tau chapter president, said. “There is a lot of community support for awareness. It’s great to come just to mingle and listen to the amazing stories of the ladies, even if you don’t run.
“Almost everyone here has a connection to the disease. The amazing part is they have so many survivors participating.”
The race included a timed 5k, a non-timed 5k, and a one mile walk. The survivors were given pink tags, and other runners were given white tags with the names of people for whom they were running. As each survivor finished the race, they were handed a rose. There was a large tent set up next to the tennis court decorated in pink for the survivor’s luncheon. They also provided free refreshments throughout the race.
“The reason I participated in this event basically comes down to the most important people in my life: my wife, daughter, and mother,” co-host Tony Harrison said. “Although they are all healthy now, I want to know that if this disease ever did attack them, I have done my part by raising awareness and funds for the cure.”
The goal of this year’s race was to raise $125,000. The local sponsors were Alexander Ford, WCTE, Kicks 106.9, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Kroger, Highways Inc, Averitt, The Country Giant, The Herald-Citizen, Comcast Spotlight, Tennessee Oncology, The Breast Care Institute at Middle Tennessee, Tennessee Mattress Direct, Save-A-Lot, Lamar, and Roland Advertising. To learn more about the local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, visit www.komenuppercumberland.org.