Cancer Foundation Fun Run is a day of celebration
....WITH SLIDE SHOW
By KIP TABB
The 11th Annual Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation Fun Run was held on Saturday, and the survivors won.
across the finish line for the men was Keith Gray at a little more than
18 minutes. Evan O’Connell came in at a little over 20 minutes to pace the
women. They were the runners who took home the first-place trophies,
but the winners were the women resplendent in pink who had survived
breast cancer and were celebrating life.
The survivors were
everywhere with their families and teams, all of them in pink, calling
attention to October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of them
walked the 3.1 mile course from the starting line at the Sun Realty
office in Avon; some rode bikes; but all of them made it to the timer
at the finish line.
The real story though are the many tales of triumph over fear.
There was Kim Martin, newly cancer-free, decked out from head to toe in pink—including her pink hat and pink wig.
“I’m walking, not running,” she said.
began as a hot, humid day, and by the time Martin got to the finish
line, she was carrying her hat and wig, but she and her team did walk
across the finish line together.
Claudia and Jan Laskow rode
their bikes. The focus of Team PowPow during her breast cancer
treatment in 2012-2013, it was hard to miss Claudia, with her pink
frilly tutu and pink boxing gloves on the front of her bike.
“I drove them crazy at the UNC Cancer Center. I would dress up the chemo containers with a tutu,” Claudia said.
medicine and treatment was provided by the medical team at UNC, but it
was the community that gave the Laskows the support that carried them
“I don’t know how we could have paid for this without
the help of the foundation,” Jan said. After one of Claudia’s
treatments, I went down to the hospital pharmacy to get the medicine
for one of her shots, and it was $7,000.”
Helping with the
financial burden of cancer treatment is one of the ways the HICF
provides support to Hatteras Island families, according to the
foundation's vice president and race director, Donna Barnett. “We help
with medical expenses that are not covered by insurance,” she said. “We
also help with travel expenses. That’s one of the largest expenses a lot
The 5K is the biggest fundraiser for the foundation
and, according to Barnett, this year’s event was tremendously
successful. “We had over $5,000 before the day even started,” she said.
“We keep asking and they keep giving. The whole community supports us
and we couldn't do what we do without them.”
The final total raised for cancer patients was more than $9,000 from 107 runners and walkers and other donations.
donations include a contribution from Jan and Claudia Laskow’s
business, Outer Banks Fire Protection. “They helped us so much,” Jan
said. “We had to give back.”
Kim Martin won the award for the Most Pinked Out adult, and Nova Forman won in the children's category.
If you didn't participate in the Fun Run, you can still support the foundation with a donation.
While supplies last, all who make donations will receive free pink Fun Run T-shirts. Make a donation at http://www.hicf.org/donations.html and then send an e-mail to [email protected] with how many T-shirts and what sizes you would like. Also include your mailing address.
Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation is a non-profit giving support and
aid to Hatteras Island residents undergoing cancer treatment. For more
information, go to the foundation website at www.hicf.org.
addition to financial aid, the HICF sponsors a cancer support group the
third Wednesday of the month at the Our Lady of the Seas Recreational
Hall in Buxton.
The HICF Fun Run course through Kinnakeet Shores
has been recently certified by USA Track & Field's Road Running
Technical Council as 5,000 kilometers.
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