Communities Gather in Race Against Breast Cancer

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TOPEKA, Kan. - The 17th Annual Race Against Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk was held in Topeka Saturday morning. WIBW was a proud sponsor of the event.

The race raises money through a silent auction, registration fees and donation to provide free mammography services to women who work or live in Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Osage, Pottawatomie, Shawnee and Wabunsee Counties.

"Yearly mammograms and self checks are very important to keep you healthy and safe," said Jennifer Piper, an RABC participant and mammographer for St. Francis Hospital. "Early detection is very important."

Piper said a good reminder to get a mammogram is for women to schedule it on or around their birthday.

The event began Friday nigth with a complimentary light supper buffet and silent auction. Saturday morning, the race began with a dove release. This year it was in memory of Helen Loewen, a 5K volunteer of 12 years.

People were then invited to walk or run 3.1 miles. The fastest runners were eligible for awards given at the conclusion of the race.

Learn more about the Race Against Breast Cancer and the Free Mammograms it pays for