The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Lisa Loper of the Scott Loper Team will be volunteering at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this weekend.

It used to be that I would make Mother's Day all about ME.  Scott and our kids tend to spoil me on that special day and without any reservation, I would soak it all in. 

However, two years ago I tried something a little different on Mother’s Day.  My daughter and I got up at 4:30am and headed to Philadelphia to volunteer at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  We served food to the nearly 50,000 runners and walkers at the tent (thanks to a very good friend who is a director with Wawa).

I was so impressed and amazed at the number of men, women, and children who make Mother's Day about someone else.  Every year, over 100,000 people attend this annual event in Philadelphia. 

So many participates wore shirts or carried signs saying who they were walking for or that they themselves are breast cancer survivors.  Then there were the funny t-shirts, "Save the Ta-tas," "Fight Like a Girl," "The Boobie Bunch," and my personal favorite, "Save 2nd Base."  There were grown men running in pink tutus, pink wigs and pink Speedos.  It was a remarkable yet emotional event. 

On that day in 2010, I met a beautiful little girl who couldn't have been much older than 7 or 8, who told me she finished the 5K in 27 minutes, 36 seconds, pretty impressive for such a young girl.  She was there with her dad.  She whispered to me with a shy smile, "I ran for my mom."  I didn't ask but I did almost cry.

At that moment, I promised myself to return and always try to make Mother’s Day about someone else besides me.

Last year, my daughter and I did return to volunteer.  We saw a couple new t-shirts such as "Coconuts for Cancer" (complete with coconut bras) and "IMPACT: Make One." 

We also saw two very cute teenage boys who simply took a black Sharpie and scribbled on their t-shirts, "4 MOM."  That one made me smile.  But then I saw another sign, "My Mom.  Last year, fighting for.  This year, in memory of."  That one almost brought me to tears.

So again this year, I will return to volunteer at the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure.  Unfortunately my daughter is abroad as an exchange student and won’t be with me.  But she will be with me in spirit, and Scott and my son will have a wonderful dinner waiting for me like they do every year.

This new tradition really makes for a perfect Mother's Day. 

RE/MAX is a proud supporter of this event.  In 2009, RE/MAX became a National Sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series after six years as co-sponsor of the Breast Cancer Survivor Recognition Program at each Race for the Cure in North America.

Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D. May 15, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Two of my cousins reported that turnout dropped this year; the word-of-mouth yielded their conclusion that the boycott was political.
Bill July 26, 2012 at 04:50 AM
No Doctor. It's not political. Komen funds Plan Parenthood, Plan Parenthood performs abortions. Females that have had abortions are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. People don't want to contribute to that now that the truth is becoming known. They will send money directly to the Breast Cancer Fund.
linda barrett October 08, 2012 at 03:34 AM
is it okay if I leave this poem that I wrote on the subject of breast cancer? Linda Barrett jimmyjane1@verizon.net I also agree with Bill on the subject of abortion! Pink October @2012 Linda Barrett October is the pink month the color of hope where we women gather dress up in its feminine color ready ourselves into battle Sound the battle cry to our doctors and fellow women against our universal foe: breast cancer we wage our war not through bullets or blades but by running marathons donate our money warn others like ourselves to keep ever vigilant through self-examinations and yearly mammograms we do all these things so other future female generations will live their lives without losing what makes us all truly united from deep within our bosoms
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