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Students and faculty to Race for the Cure

Submitted by Juanita Britton on October 3, 2012 – 6:53 pmNo Comment

UALR students and staff will participate in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, Oct. 20 in downtown Little Rock.

After last year’s success and an overwhelming response from students and faculty, several departments decided to run together.

“Last year over 55 students from several departments raced for the cure to end breast cancer,” said Kim Tran, academic adviser.

According to the National Institute of Health, breast cancer has killed more women than all cancers except lung cancer ­­— one in eight women will be affected during their lifetime.

“Participation in the event provides students with a chance to represent UALR in the community,” Tran said. “Being involved can make a tremendous impact on survivors.”

According to the Susan G. Komen organization, Komen was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33. The cancer was under control for about 15 months, during which she had nine surgeries and several treatments. Three years after diagnosis, she lost her battle and died. Her sister, Nancy G. Brinker, promised to do all she could to help find a cure and founded the Susan G. Komen Organization. To date, $685 million has been invested to fund research.

Participating in the event can provide students with a service learning opportunity and a chance to give back to the community.

“It’s always important to give back. Once you reach a certain level of success, you have to give, and there are skills learned along the way,” Tran said. “We had a couple of students to step into leadership roles, after last year’s participation.”

Registration is $26, which includes an official Race for the Cure T-shirt. UALR Tribute T-shirts may be purchased for an additional $10.

For additional information, contact Kim Tran at 501-569-8685 or at kttran@ualr.edu.

 

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