Race Against Breast Cancer Sees Large Turnout Of Supporters

By: 13 News Carissa Fox
By: 13 News Carissa Fox

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__Despite construction around Washburn University, hundreds of people showed up to participate in a race for a good cause.

Residents, survivors, family and friends of those with cancer teamed up Saturday (9/21) to participate in the race against breast cancer 5K (3.1 mi) that took place at Washburn university. For some it may have been just another run for a good cause, but for others it had a deeper meaning.

"Our good friend Kristie, and she is battling breast cancer and she had a double mastectomy in January and she just completed radiation in Kansas City and right now she is home and has still got some treatment to go. And absolutely we all came out in support of Kristie and her fight with breast cancer." Shared Amber Alonzo of Krisite's Pack.

Even those who have lost loved ones to this terrible disease still find positive reasons to participate.

Scott Barkus who ran for Team Jamie shared his story. "My sister passed away two and a half years ago from it so we do this in her honor. It's a lot of fun to do and everybody should come out and enjoy a nice brisk walk in the morning."

Participants had the option to run or walk the 3.1 mile course which wound through Washburns' surrounding neighborhood. Everyone finished the race, whether it was personal or for a loved one.

I'm a survivor and my husband has supported me from day one. You gotta do your mammograms and know your own body." Janet Sommer said.

Early detection is key to battling breast cancer. Doctors urge women to do their self breast exams regularly and also schedule mammograms.

WIBW employees ran in support of Lisa Chapman who is battling breast cancer.


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