In their own words: Inspiration from breast cancer survivors
These Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure participants have beaten the disease and now turn to the race to provide support and resources to others battling breast cancer.
"I'm married to a wonderfully supportive husband and live in Chevy Chase, Md. I worked in program management for almost 20 years until 2001 when I took a sabbatical from the corporate world, volunteered and enjoyed a relaxed life. Then in late 2002, my breast cancer was detected during an annual mammogram and my life changed. I participated in my first Race for the Cure in 2003, began volunteering for Komen and joined the survivor committee in late 2005. I was on race staff for the 2007 and 2008 races and subsequently returned to my volunteer roots. Through Komen, I have become a breast cancer advocate, volunteering in community outreach, lobbying on Capitol Hill and speaking to private groups and the media. I've mentored others who were faced with the disease and hopefully helped them in their cancer journey."