GREENVILLE – The 18th annual Breast Cancer Awareness 5k race took place Saturday morning starting and ending at the Annie Oakley Memorial Park at the corner of Martin Street and Broadway in beautiful downtown Greenville.
The event hosted 448 runners with all the proceeds from the race going to help fund Breast Cancer Awareness in Darke County.
“My committee is completely volunteer so this money goes back to breast cancer patients in our community,” said Wayne HealthCare Cancer Coordinator, Jill Brown. “After surgery, any need they may have; prosthetics, pillows that we make for them after surgery, different things, it all goes to them.”
“The other way the money is spent is for people in need of mammograms, ultra sounds, pap testing that can’t afford it,” added Brown. “We’re here for them. We’re here for all the people in Darke County. If we have other people that may call from Preble County, Mercer County call and say they are in need, I don’t turn a breast cancer patient away.”
Terri Flood, Director Marketing and Communication at Wayne HealthCare not only was running in the 5k but spending her day volunteering on behalf of the hospital as well as giving of her personal time.
“I have a passion for Breast Cancer Awareness because I lost a very close friend to breast cancer last year,” noted Flood. “Education and awareness is key. We as citizens of this county are responsible to make sure that the people that live here know what is available to them”
“Once people come inside our doors at Wayne HealthCare and experience the great compassionate care that our nurses, our front line staff – everybody cares for them. We’re here for them.”
Greenville varsity cross country coach, Stephanie Lind along with 15 of her Green Wave CCC runners competed in the 5k race.
“We try to do this every year in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and how important that is,” stated Lind. “Many of the kids have family members that have been effected.”
“We had 10 of our middle school runners out today,” said Greenville Middle School CCC coach Dennis Eckstein. “They come out here today to support the community and a great event with the Breast Cancer Awareness run. Just great to see them working together as a team.”
Prior to the 5k race, the Pink Mile also raised funds for the organization as a group of local men dressed in pink walked down Broadway towards the 5k race starting line.
“This is a great cause; Breast Cancer Awareness,” said Wayne HealthCare Wellness Coordinator and Pink Mile participant Jordan Francis. “We want to provide funding opportunities for those who are needing help with diagnostics and some of the cosmetics things that are not covered after the fact with regard to insurance. Definitely a great cause, a great event.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Runners make their way down Broadway in support of the annual 5k Breast Cancer Awareness run through downtown Greenville. (Gaylen Blosser photo)