Race for the Cure Kansas City

August 14, 2012

 I participated this past weekend in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on my sister's team.  She is a one year survivor of breast cancer. She was unable to walk last year as she had just had her double mastectomy three weeks earlier. Her husband pushed her in a wheel chair the entire walk.  Her office organized a team for her last year and aptly named it The Hail Mary's.  Fitting for my sister if you know her.  She has a deep faith, and is named Mary.  We met at her team tent before the race to visit the sponsors booths, and take in the sights.  Let me tell you, there were some sights!  It was touching to see what friends and family will do for their loved ones in the face of this terrible cancer.  There were team names such as Joy's Jugs, Save second base, And Julie's yacht club,  Keeping motor boating alive! 

We were up at 5am to have plenty of time to get downtown and find a place to park.  When there are 30k people all needing to be at the same place at the same time, it could make parking a challenge. We ended up a mile from the race venue, so all told we logged over 5 miles for the morning!!  It was a perfect day for the race, not too hot, with a cool breeze and the sun was not beating down on us!  There were several bands set up on different street corners to entertain the runner/walkers.  Everyone was there for the same reason.  It was a great day for a great cause and I can't wait for next year.  I am bring bloody mary 's for after the race in the tent.  After all, that would be in keeping with my sister's name!! 

You could also name the race Tutu's for Tata's and it would fit as well.  There were tutu's in every style, color, and gender wearing!!  Men were proud to support their wives. 
This husband wore a unitard for the walk to support his wife who was with him.  He was so funny when I first asked him If I could take his picture, his wife stepped out of the picture so he could posed for me!!  
Photos by Lisa 

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  1. This was a great post with great pictures!

    As soon as you mentioned the team name, I knew this Mary from my Pink T's group. (She has worn her shirt to exercise previously.)

    I too was in a wheelchair last year at SGK. I had just finished chemo and was extremely weak and have neuropathy in my feet and legs. However, this year, I RAN the 5K. I attribute my strength to my faith and to those inspirational people I surround myself with. . .like Mary.

    Thanks again for posting and for joining the fight!

  2. It was a fun time, that's me wearing the tutu (bib 16057), a lot of people took my picture, I was wondering where I would end up. Walked in honor of my wife Connie, BMX in Jan of this year, we're in reconstruction/radiation phase now. Thanks for posting!
    Mike Smith
    Capt Team Connie

  3. what a wonderful way to support your sister! my mother's best friend recently battled stage 4 breast cancer--it's inspiring to see so many people supporting each other through such hardships. kudos to you!



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