Guest Writer: Trina Claggett, 2013 Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure Co-Chair
It’s hard to believe in just 90 days, Downtown St. Louis will once again welcome more than 50,000 Komen partners in the local fight against breast cancer for the 15th Annual Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure. In my 7th year as a Komen St. Louis volunteer, I am still amazed and continue to be inspired by the strength, courage and perseverance of breast cancer survivors and those who support them. As Race Co-Chair, I am honored and proud to lead an amazing team and community, and I don’t take this responsibility lightly.
With one of the largest breast cancer walks and Race for the Cure events in the country, the greater St. Louis community continues to lead the way in the fight against this disease, and your support is unwavering. For 15 years, you’ve made your voice heard, so that we will not give up on this fight and each year we fight harder.
And St. Louis, we hear you. My favorite Komen charge has always been, “Impact. Make One.” Since 1999, Komen St. Louis has awarded more than $19 million in grants to local organizations and nearly $8 million for global breast cancer research, including research in St. Louis. This could not have been done without the tens of thousands of people who register, walk, fundraise, volunteer and fight to end breast cancer forever.
But the fight is not over. For the next 90 days, we will plan, recruit, fundraise to meet the Power of 10 Challenge, volunteer, Dine Out and Zumba – all with the goal of saving lives and ending breast cancer. And on June 15, we, as a community, will come together to CELEBRATE.