I Race for Fabulous Forty and Beyond

Race Large Banner_2014Guest Writer: Traci N. Tyus, Komen St. Louis Volunteer

As I approach the magnificent milestone of FYNELY & FABULOUSLY FORTY this June, I am continuing my commitment to causes and purposes greater than myself.

In the words of Mahatma Gandhi and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr….

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Mahatma Gandhi

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

As I continue to find myself and start living over and over again, I want that life to continue to include serving others…over and over again!

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As a result of this milestone, scheduling and receiving mammograms will become a part of my annual routine on my health and wellness journey.

Personally knowing several women who have been fighters of this horrible disease as well as some who fought a good fight and ultimately succumbed…

I Race….

 

Join us for the 16th Annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure on Saturday, June 14. Visit www.komenstlouis.org.

Why do you race? Share your story: prstories@komenstlouis.org.

I Race for the Memory of My Mother

Race Large Banner_2014Guest Writer: Karen Gieseking

I have been a part of the Komen St. Louis Race for the last five years in memory of my mother.

Karen's parents on their wedding day

Karen’s parents on their wedding day

She died at the age of 48 after battling inflammatory breast cancer for 18 months. I was 12, and losing her left an empty place in my life that could never completely be filled up.

I’m 48 now, with two grown-up sons, and a 12-year-old daughter who has my mother’s smile, and I will do anything to stay with her.

I’ve been blessed to experience many joys my mother didn’t get to see. I’ve watched one of my sons get married, graduate from college, cradle his child in his arms. And at every step, I’ve prayed that I’ll be there when it’s my daughter’s turn.

Karen and her daughter

Karen and her daughter

I’ve survived my life, but I would never wish what I went through on anyone else.

Join us for the 16th Annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure on Saturday, June 14. Visit www.komenstlouis.org.

Why do you race? Share your story: prstories@komenstlouis.org.

I Race for My Family

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Mindy and her family

I race so my mom, my daughter and everyone else in my family have hope of a world free of breast cancer.

- Mindy Bucher, Komen St. Louis Volunteer

Join us for the 16th Annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure on Saturday, June 14. Visit www.komenstlouis.org.

Why do you race? Share your story: prstories@komenstlouis.org.

2014 Komen St. Louis Race Honorary Co-Chairs: Jason and Caitlin Motte

Race Large Banner_2014We are so pleased to announce our Honorary Co-Chairs for the 2014 Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure: Jason and Caitlin Motte.

Jason Motte has been a member of the St. Louis Cardinals team since September 2008. The Mottes are personally committed to providing comfort and care for those affected by cancer. Caitlin has been involved with Komen St. Louis on various projects through the Cardinals organization both at Busch Stadium and at the Komen St. Louis Race.

Our 2014 Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure Honorary Co-Chairs: Caitlin and Jason Motte

Our 2014 Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure Honorary Co-Chairs: Caitlin and Jason Motte

“Jason and I are extremely honored and humbled to have the opportunity to work with Komen St. Louis,” says Caitlin. “We hope this year’s Race will enhance awareness, provide comfort for those in treatment, and serve as a celebration of life for breast cancer survivors.”

Thank you, Jason and Caitlin, for joining us in our mission to save lives and end breast cancer!

The 16th Annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure® takes place in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Register at www.komenstlouis.org.

I Race for My Grandmother

Race Large Banner_2014Guest Writer: Emily Warrick, Komen St. Louis Development Manager

I race for my Grandmother, Martha Elizabeth (Libby) Warrick, who lost her brave battle with breast cancer just six weeks before I was born.

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Libby Warrick at her son’s wedding in 1981, one year after her breast cancer diagnosis

She was cheerfully optimistic throughout her treatments, and believed that the “silver lining” to having breast cancer was that it allowed her son (my dad) to meet and eventually marry my mom (her radiation therapist providing treatments).

I race so that one day no one will have to lose loved ones to this disease.

Join us for the 16th Annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure on Saturday, June 14. Visit www.komenstlouis.org.

Why do you race? Share your story: prstories@komenstlouis.org.

I Race for Jan

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Jeania Lowery and her daughter Meagan walk in the Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure every year.

Meagan and Jeania at the 2013 Komen St. Louis Race

Meagan and Jeania at the 2013 Komen St. Louis Race

Here’s why:

“I race for a dear friend, Jan, who lost her fight with breast cancer many years ago. She never lost her spirit and fun for life! She inspired all who loved her with her courage and ever-giving smile.”

Join us for the 16th Annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure on Saturday, June 14. Visit www.komenstlouis.org.

Why do you race? Share your story: prstories@komenstlouis.org.

I Race for My Mom

Race Large Banner_2014Guest Writer: Kate L. from St. Louis

I race for my mom. She has survived breast cancer not once but twice.

Kate's mom with her oldest grandchild

Kate’s mom with her oldest grandchild

The first time she was diagnosed was in 1997, and her first grandchild had just been born, which gave her a huge reason to fight. She never complained and tried to do a lot of the recovery on her own. I always felt bad that I didn’t realize how much help she really needed.

Then the cancer came back in 2011, and once again she had a tough battle to fight. This time I did as much as I could to help her and realized firsthand how tough the battle is. Maybe because she’s older, or maybe because she hid it so well the first time, but I now know what a fight it is to recover.

I see so many people battle it out now and want to be there to support those very strong women and men who refuse to give up. That is why I will never miss a Race. We will fight ‘til this disease is extinct!

Join us for the 16th Annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure on Saturday, June 14. Visit www.komenstlouis.org. Why do you race? Share your story: prstories@komenstlouis.org.