Summit joins race for the cure
FRISCO – On the Fourth of July, the Rocky Mountain Queens marched in the Frisco paradeIn October, these “queens” – who walk to support awareness of breast cancer in The Race for the Cure in Denver – hope to attract more royalty for their cause.Last week, a group of about 15 women met with representatives from the Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for the first time to discuss increasing volunteerism in Summit County.The Denver affiliate expanded its service area to include Summit County in April, allowing local nonprofits to apply for grants to provide breast cancer prevention services to women in need. Though Frisco hosts the annual Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer to raise funds for breast cancer, only about 100 Summit County residents participated in Denver’s Race for the Cure, said Erica Moore, the 2004 chairperson of Race for the Cure, which drew 60,799 people last October.”We have not worked as hard as we could have to recruit folks from Summit County, and it’s our desire to work harder to recruit more people,” Moore said. “This disease really affects people. They need to know that there is a support system and that they can do something about this disease. The mission statement of Komen is awareness, education, screening and treatment.”Part of the affiliate’s outreach program includes onsite registration this fall for the Denver race at Starbucks Coffee in Dillon from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 11.Men and women can walk or run in the Race for the Cure. Teams as small as 10 and as large as 600 also can register.”Teams encourage others who might not come out by themselves to walk,” said Pat McClelland, an Arkansas resident who travels to Summit County to walk with the Rocky Mountain Queens every Fourth of July.In addition to increasing participation at the race, the women also discussed corporate sponsorship and the tie-a-ribbon program, which offers an 8-foot ribbon to display for $5.”The intent of the meeting was to introduce the Komen Foundation to more women in the county,” said Joan Davids, a local volunteer and breast cancer survivor. “Though the attendance wasn’t great, it was a terrific start. I will probably have other informal meetings with other women’s groups to help them understand more about this foundation.” Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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