October is breast cancer awareness month and thousands of men and women will be walking in the Southeast Ohio Race For The Cure this weekend in Athens.
The Susan G Komen Columbus office was busy on Tuesday as volunteers organized and get race packets ready for this weekend’s race.
Linda Parks has been volunteering for nine years
“I am an 11-year breast cancer survivor. I am so grateful, so grateful. I volunteer to give back to Komen because they do so many great and wonderful things for us survivors and their families male and female alike,” Parks said.
“I feel awesome to be a survivor, but my heart goes out to those who are going through breast cancer at this and for their families, for what they have to go through, but we’re grateful for the families and friends who are supporting survivors as they go through chemo and radiation and just the thought of having breast cancer,” Parks said.
Tammy Weis, who is also a volunteer for Komen, will be at this weekends race in Athens.
“Twelve years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 45 years old and was found to have stage two,” Weis said.
“It was a very difficult diagnosis and complicated to navigate through even though I had been a nurse for many years at that point. I had worked in encology I had taken care of cancer patients I had cried all the way through my first chemotherapy because all I could think of was the people I had taken care of before,” Weis said.
Tammy then got involved in the education committee to make sure that other survivors could get help and treatment as well.
She said most people know about the Columbus Race for The Cure, which is the largest Race for The Cure here in the country. But this weekend is the second race they’ve added in Athens.
“We are a grassroots organization, so all of that money gets granted out. We granted out $1.4 million dollars last year for research. Seventy-five percent of the money raised stays local,” Weiss said.
How important is this weekends race?
“(It’s) very important to raise funds, comradery because we need the support to show others that we do care about them while they’re going through breast cancer. I’m quite sure no one can say they haven’t heard of anyone that hasn’t gone through breast cancer.”
It’s not too late to sign up for the Race for the Cure and the one-mile family fun walk in Athens this weekend. For more information, visit the Komen website.