Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Runners Seek Funds to Cure Breast Cancer

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Runners Seek Funds to Cure Breast Cancer

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JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Woven together by a common thread,

participants in Saturday's Race for the Cure came together at

the SeaWalk Pavilion to share survivors' stories and remember

lost loved ones.

For most, it was a celebration of life. For others, it was a

time of sorrow, a time for remembering friends and family

members who lost the battle to cancer.

Since the race's inception three years ago, the 5-kilometer run

and 2K fun walk to raise money for breast cancer research and

treatment has drawn support from individuals and businesses

throughout Jacksonville.

"Twenty-five percent of what we raise today goes to the Susan

G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Dallas. Seventy-five

percent stays here and is awarded locally in grants for

research, education, screening and treatment," said Phyllis

Phillips, race chairwoman and cancer survivor.

When JoAnne Morrisseau of Atlantic Beach was diagnosed with

breast cancer three years ago, she never dreamed she'd be around

today to tell her story. She urged everyone to get involved in

the fight against cancer.

"You never know when it could be you next," she said. "One in

eight women gets cancer."

Volunteer Jo Hollaway of Ponte Vedra Beach said she had two

reasons to get involved in the event.

"My sister, she has a routine mammogram every year, was just

diagnosed with breast cancer," Hollaway said.

Doctors found the cancer early and Hollaway's sister is

expected to recover. Although her sister was unable to

participate in Saturday's race, Hollaway was there to walk with

longtime friend and cancer survivor Karen Wisnovsky.

But Hollaway's eyes filled with tears as she recalled another

friend who lost the battle to cancer a few years ago.

Rosemary Poole was happy to be participating in her first walk

after being diagnosed with cancer on Valentine's Day 1996. The

Julington Creek resident said the experience has been a positive

one and has helped turn her life around. …

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