Preview: 2018 Race for the Cure

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Susan G. Komen West Texas supports breast cancer fighters and survivors.

Komen West Texas, which includes Komen Lubbock Area, serves 62 counties in the Texas Panhandle, South Plains and Permian Basin areas.

75% of the Komen Greater Amarillo’s funds stay in the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle, where they meet critical needs, such as breast cancer screenings, access to treatment, support and education.

The remaining 25% goes directly to helping fund groundbreaking, national cancer research. 

Race for the Cure is the organization’s biggest fundraiser, and Development Coordinator Natalie Brannon said they need community participation.

“We fund things like mammograms for people that are underinsured or uninsured,” Brannon said. “Our grant this year went to Harrington Cancer Center.”

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 49,000 American women will die this year from breast cancer.

“You need to be screened every year,” said Brannon. “You need to have those mammograms and if you are uninsured or you are underinsured, then reach out. No one should have to die from this disease.”

Karen Kriegshauser was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago. Since then, she has had multiple surgeries and undergone chemotherapy and radiation. Now, she has been in remission for nearly five years.

“It just makes you wanna throw your sucker down, and you know, have a little pity party,” Kriegshauser said, “and it’s okay to do that initially, but I think attitude plays such an important role.”

Kriegshauser said her breast cancer diagnosis was difficult to work through. She never thought it was something that could happen to her. After years of treatment and a positive attitude, with support from her friends, family and other survivors, she came out on the other side. She said she has learned many lessons from her ordeal, and in many ways, her battle with cancer was “a blessing in disguise.”

“It just feels good whenever you can talk to somebody who’s already walked that and that’s why I think the Komen walk is so important,” Kriegshauser said. “Everybody has something in common, you know. Everybody’s been touched by breast cancer one way or another. So I just love the comradery and the community.”

Race for the Cure 2018 will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 in downtown Amarillo and will feature the standard 5k race, as well as a one-mile fun run and walk. Brannon said there will be plenty of events for kids and even dogs, with their complementary “Bark for the Cure.”

Sleep in for the Cure is also an option for those who are unable to attend, do not like running or simply cannot get up in the morning.

Join a team of runners or register as an individual, but all who register will receive a t-shirt and survivor bag. 

Registration is now open, and through tomorrow, those interested can register for only $15. The deal will not be available after tomorrow, but Brannon said any who wish to participate can sign up until 9 a.m. on race day.

For pricing details and to register, visit www.komenwesttexas.org.

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