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4th Annual Southeast ‘Race for the Cure’ Benefits Local Breast Cancer Patients


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The fourth annual Southeast Ohio “Race for the Cure,” sponsored by Susan G. Komen Columbus, will take place Sunday, Oct. 14th at Peden Stadium on the Ohio University Campus.
Activities will begin at 10 a.m. with the race starting at noon. Over 1,500 participants are expected. For more race information, go to www.southeastohioraceforcure.org
Cara Brooks, president and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, along with her husband Dominick and her 19 month old son Hugh Oliver are co-chairs for the race. It is the first time that a whole family has co-chaired the event.
After surviving Ewing’s Sarcoma cancer 15 years ago, Cara found a lump in her breast while breastfeeding her new son. She was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in April 2017.
Cara reports that triple negative breast cancer does not respond to hormone-based therapy plans. Its name emanates from the fact that it tests negative for the three hormone receptor treatments that are currently being developed for treatment.
While undergoing extensive medical procedures, Cara, with the help of her husband, continued working for Appalachia and met the requirements of being a new mother of an infant. Her family has been an inspiration to many suffering from a breast cancer diagnosis.
“My passion for Komen’s mission is two-fold,” said Cara. “First, they have prioritized Southeast Ohio and are actively funding screenings and other services that are so desperately needed by the women here in our community, and they are targeting research efforts to conquer triple negative breast cancer, which truly is one of the final frontiers in ensuring all breast cancer patients receive good outcomes. What we are learning from our research with triple negative breast cancer also will help people with many other types of cancer.”
Race proceeds support local community health programs in 18 Southeastern Ohio counties, including: Athens, Vinton, Washington, Jackson, Morgan, Perry, Meigs, Gallia, Noble, Hocking, Scioto, Pike, Ross Fairfield Muskingum, Guernsey, Monroe and Lawrence.
There are support services available, regardless of your income.
For those without health insurance or who are underinsured, free breast and cervical health screenings will be provided on the following days with support from Komen and many others, including Ohio University’s Osteopathic Heritage College of Medicine. Further information can be found by calling 740-593-2432

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