race for cure

By Michaela Gibson Morris
Daily Journal
The last Saturday in October is arguably breast cancer’s most visible day in Northeast Mississippi.
More than 3,000 runners and walkers joined the 2005 Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure for the 5K walk/run or 1 mile fun run. The breast cancer survivors are easy to spot in their pink shirts.
“We’re hoping to exceed that this year,” said race chairwoman Shannon Fryery of the number of participants.
Leslie Criss 10/24/06 As of Thursday nearly 2,800 were signed up for this year’s race.
The entry fees for Race for the Cure go directly to fighting breast cancer in North Mississippi and around the country, Fryery said.
Of money raised from Race for the Cure, 75 percent remains in North Mississippi.
“We service all of our 15 counties,” through a grant program, Fryery said.
The local Race for the Cure organization gives grants to North Mississippi groups to provide mammograms to medically underserved women and spread the word about breast cancer and early detection through community education programs.
“These efforts are out in the community where people are,” such as churches, civic groups, health fairs and factories, Fryery said.
Past grant recipients include LIFT, Sisters Network, NMMC Breast Care Center, Women’s Network 9 and the Good Samaritan Free Clinics in Tupelo and Columbus.
The remaining money goes to the national Komen Foundation.
“It goes to the national Susan G. Komen Foundation research program specifically to research a cure,” Fryery said.