Romp to Stomp for a cause in Frisco
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FRISCO – In 1982, Betsy Stonebeck lost her mother to breast cancer.
That same year, a woman who had lost her sister to the same disease founded an organization dedicated to the fight against breast cancer and named it Susan G. Komen for the Cure in her honor.
On Saturday, nearly 29 years later, Stonebeck donned warm clothes, snowshoes and a bright pink wig and flapper dress and spent the morning celebrating her mother’s memory and the Susan G. Komen foundation’s mission with a trek across Frisco.
“I think they do a lot for women in general,” Stonebeck said of the organization. “From 1980 to 1982, (my mother) was on a lot of experimental drugs and I think they’ve come a long way.”
Stonebeck and her sister Ali Davidson, who also wore an electric pink flapper dress and wig, joined thousands of others from across the county, state and country for Saturday’s 9th annual Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series, a yearly snowshoe and fundraising event held at the Frisco Nordic Center.
Participants came out by the thousands, dressed in everything from bunny ears to pink hula skirts to support the cause. Together, they helped raise over $117,000 in individual donations alone to support breast cancer awareness and research locally.
“It’s absolutely the best we’ve ever done,” local event chairperson Joan Davids said.
Some of the proceeds will help support the underserved and underinsured in Summit County, organizers said.
The event included a snowshoe race, 3- and 5-kilometer walks and a Lil’ Romper Dash, a new event this year for supporters under age 12. Nearly 2,300 people signed up for the Romp.
For many, like Stonebeck and Davidson, the Romp is an opportunity to honor the memories of loved ones who have lost a battle with breast cancer or to support those who are still fighting it.
“Our mother always dressed kind of flappery,” Stonebeck said when asked about her dress. “She had a lot of flair.”
Margo Williams, of Lakewood, has joined the snowshoe runs for Romp to Stomp before, but this year the event holds a little more meaning for her.
Saturday, she romped in support of a friend who underwent a double mastectomy just two weeks ago.
“It hits closer to home,” Williams said. “What my friend is going through is probably less than what you would have had to go through 10 years ago because of an event like this. Because of the research, she probably won’t have to go through what other people have had to go through in the past.”
Romper Kathi Nelson of Chicago knows first hand the meaning of events like the Romp. She came out Saturday to join her daughter at the event in celebration of her 10th anniversary of beating breast cancer.
Proudly wearing a pink cape over her snow gear bearing the words, “I am a survivor,” and a specially made hat with her team name, Jolly 4 Jugs, she is a walking success story of events like Romp to Stomp, which concluded with a tribute to survivors.
Donate to Tubbs Romp to Stomp snowshoe series by going to http://www.tubbsromptostomp.com.
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