Dozens run, walk to bat­tle breast cancer



— Find­lay McCool sported a pink T-shirt em­bla­zoned with “I Have A Penny” on the front and bear­ing the words “In Mem­ory of Deb­bie McCoy (and) Norma Reed” on the back, when he ran in Union Hos­pi­tal’s 11th an­nual Pink Rib­bon 5K Race in Elk­ton on Satur­day.

It is a spe­cial shirt to McCool, a Ch­e­sa­peake City res­i­dent who is an avid run­ner.

The names on the back memo­ri­al­ize two women


who were friends of his and lost their bat­tles with breast cancer. The name on the front be­longs to a breast cancer sur­vivor, Penny Boas, a friend and fel­low Ch­e­sa­peake City res­i­dent who also ran the 5K race with McCool.

“I wear this shirt once a year, just for this race,” McCool said, mo­ments af­ter cross­ing the fin­ish line with time of 28 min­utes, 33 sec­onds. “Now I will take this shirt home, wash it and put it away for next year. And I will hope that I don’t have to add any more names to it.”

For McCool, the 5K race has noth­ing to do with try­ing to out­run other con­tes­tants. In­stead, it’s about rais­ing money to bat­tle breast cancer while try­ing to best his past per­for­mances.

“It’s just a per­sonal com­pe­ti­tion for me, try­ing to im­prove on my per­sonal best,” McCool said, be­fore adding, “But I’m here for the cause, that’s the main thing.”

Many of the dozens of run­ners and walk­ers at the race had per­sonal rea­sons

for pay­ing the $20 en­try fee in ad­vance or the same­day $25 fee to par­tic­i­pate in the event or­ga­nized by the Union Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion in con­junc­tion with the hos­pi­tal’s Breast Health Cen­ter.

All pro­ceeds were do­nated to the cause. The funds will help those who are di­ag­nosed with breast cancer, cov­er­ing things like med­i­cal costs and ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties, such as help­ing pay elec­tric bills. Funds also will help pay for hos­pi­tal equip­ment used for early de­tec­tion of breast cancer and for out­reach to en­cour­age women to come to the cen­ter and re­ceive a mam­mo­gram.

Ear­leville res­i­dent Christy Biggs in­cor­po­rated a pink tutu in the en­sem­ble she wore dur­ing Satur­day’s 5K run.

“My sis­ter made it for me for Christ­mas last year. It’s girly look­ing and it’s unique,” Biggs ex­plained light­heart­edly, be­fore swiftly shift­ing emo­tional gears and adding, “I have a lot of friends who have fought or lost their bat­tles with breast cancer. I am a big sup­porter of any fundraiser to bat­tle breast cancer.”

Stand­ing be­side Biggs af­ter the race was Ree Cinelli, a Ce­cil­ton res­i­dent who also gave a com­pelling rea­son for par­tic­i­pat­ing in Satur­day’s event.

“I do this in mem­ory of my mom. She died of breast cancer back in 1974 at a very young age,” Cinelli said, not­ing that her late mother, Rose Marie Has­sett, was 48 years old when the dis­ease killed her.

Cinelli was 13 years old when she lost her mother to breast cancer.

Elk­ton-area res­i­dent Kim Dvorak was di­ag­nosed with breast cancer in Fe­bru­ary 2015 and, as a re­sult, she un­der­went six months of chemo­ther­apy and then two months of ra­di­a­tion treat­ment. Her then-re­cent di­ag­no­sis prompted Dvorak to walk in last year’s 5K race in Elk­ton to bat­tle breast cancer.

“The day be­fore the walk, I had chemo­ther­apy,” re­called Dvorak, 48.

On Satur­day, Dvorak — now in re­mis­sion and feel­ing much stronger — par­tic­i­pated in the Pink Rib­bon 5K Race with her aunt, Glen­dora Dvorak; her cousin, Lau­ren Mumpower; and her sec­ond cousin (Mumpower’s daugh­ter), Piper Bish, 2.

“This hits much closer to home for us now,” Glen­dora Dvorak said.

In­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing how much money Satur­day’s Pink Rib­bon 5K Race raised to bat­tle breast cancer was un­avail­able, as of Sun­day.

On Satur­day, dur­ing the post-race cer­e­mony, Hunter Madron, 16, a Per­ryville High School sopho­more, pre­sented a $1,783 check that he raised through his Smash for a Cure project to bat­tle breast cancer, and the Ce­cil County Fair com­mit­tee do­nated a $8,500 check that it raised through it’s Run­ning with the Pigs event.


Ch­e­sa­peake City res­i­dent Find­lay McCool runs to­ward the fin­ish line.


Ce­cil County Fair and Smash for a Cure mem­bers pose with checks do­nated to bat­tle breast cancer dur­ing Satur­day’s event. The fair’s Run with the Pigs raised $8,500 while Smash for a Cure raised $1,783.

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