Kick-off party held for Race for the Cure

Saturday, hundreds of people registered early for the Komen Race for the Cure at the Promenade at Chenal.

The kick-off party allowed women to sign up at discounted rate and also gave breast cancer survivors a chance to share their stories.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, cancer survivor Katherine Taylor makes sure she does the Susan G. Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure every year.

“I went to the doctors and the tests were run and I was diagnosed from there. Didn’t have to have any chemo,” says Taylor.

Taylor joined hundreds of other women Saturday at the first ever public kick-off party for the race at the Promenade at Chenal.

“Our race theme this year is Run as One and it’s to signify the unity that we have on race day to support our cause,” says Kristi Moody 2012 Race Chair.

Through games, give-aways and a meet and greet with the men of the 2013 Fired-up for the Cure Calendar, the event helped raise awareness for the race and breast cancer research.

“I work for a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, so I see a lot of reconstruction and breast cancer patients, and we’re a big family. I walk for the cure,” says supporter Alicia Ward.

In 2008, Taylor found out she had leukemia, so as a double cancer survivor, she shares this advice.

“Just want to remind all the ladies to pay attention to your bodies and just make sure you get your mammograms early and just be aware,” she says.

You can still register for the race day events by clicking on the link posted under “related links.”

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