Team Bradley races for a cure

May 8, 2010

Photo Gallery: Race for the Cure 2010

 

Video: Race for the Cure 2010

By Erin Wood ’09

Among the sea of pink at Saturday’s 25th annual Komen Peoria Race for the Cure, nearly 250 people walked as a part of Team Bradley. The largest contingent for the second year in a row, Team Bradley bundled up and gathered at the Metro Centre to honor those lost to breast cancer and to celebrate survivors, including this year’s honorary chairwoman, University President Joanne Glasser.

About a year-and-a-half after her last radiation treatment, Glasser thanked the community when she took the stage before the race.

“I want to thank each of you for all the support you have shown me. My fellow survivors know how important that love and support can be. I will always keep you in my heart,” she said, and added in a more lighthearted tone, “Now, let’s get this party started. Are you ready to go? Let’s do it.”

Team Bradley, made up of faculty, staff, students, parents, and community members, were bused to the Metro Centre from campus following breakfast in the Michel Student Center. This year’s team grew by about 60 people from last year and surpassed its fundraising goals.

“Our Peoria team raised almost $4,000 in 2009, and has raised $5,255 so far this year through a campus-wide pink bake sale, a pink geranium sale, and generous gifts from student groups, campus departments, and individual members of our Bradley family,” said team captain Karen Crowley Metzinger, MA ’97. “The support has been heartwarming and has brought us together for a common goal: to find the cure for breast cancer, hopefully in our lifetime.”

Bradley employee Chris Wells started Team Bradley in 2001, following her first battle with breast cancer. Wells was battling the disease again last year and wasn’t well enough to make it to the race. But she vowed to make it this time around and walked alongside Glasser and other Team Bradley survivors in the emotional survivors’ walk.

Afterwards, they met up with Team Bradley and marched down University Street under a large, red BU flag. Despite Saturday morning’s cold and wind, Team Bradley demonstrated again this year its dedication to finding a cure for breast cancer and also its support in those affected by the disease.

“The outpouring of support this year for Team Bradley and Race for the Cure has been astounding, and really speaks to the meaning of the ‘Bradley family,’” said Bradley marketing director Annette Zehner. “It has been quite a journey up to the culmination of the Race, and we are very grateful for it all, especially the memories.”

This is the 25th annual Race for the Cure in Peoria, hometown of Susan Komen and her sister, Nancy Goodman Brinker, who created the Komen Foundation in honor of her sister. Susan Komen died at age 36 after a three-year battle with breast cancer; her sister pledged to her to raise money to find a cure for the disease. The Komen Foundation is now the largest private breast cancer fundraising organization. An estimated 20,000 people walked and ran in this year's Race with the proceeds going toward breast cancer research.

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