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.