Colors for a Cure Battling Cancer- Joining Together
When Ashli Dyer learned that her co-worker’s wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer she was determined to make a difference. She decided to rally her office to participate in the Colors for a Cure 5K Run/Walk, a combined event co-sponsored by respective foundations from Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center.
More than half of the employees at Hayflich Accounting, where Dyer works, came together and participated in the event in honor of their co-worker’s wife. “When we learned about the diagnosis, we knew we had to give back,” said Dyer. “We named our team Hakuna Matatas which means ‘no worries’.”
Dyer’s team was among the 1,200 participants, who donned bright colors to represent the varying types of cancer that affect more than 12.7 Americans each year, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Leslie Burcham, a social worker with Travel MD, organized the Big Girl’s Panties Club along with 39 of her co-workers, to walk in the event. “When you walk around and see all of the groups, their crazy outfits and funny names, it really brings people together,” said Burcham whose group raised $1,400 for the event.
For Burcham, the event was personal. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2016.
“At the time, I couldn’t run,” she explained. “My goal for this year’s event is to be a runner. I’m going to the gym three times a week and can run 1.5 miles now,” said Burcham.
Last year’s event raised more than $40,000 to benefit cancer patients at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center and the St. Mary’s Pink Ribbon Fund. This year’s race will begin in downtown Huntington at Pullman Square on Sunday, Oct. 8. Registration is available online at www.colorsforacure.org or from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the day of the event. All festivities begin at 2 p.m.
“Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer,” said Bradley Burck, Vice President of Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Foundation. “This event has something for everyone. You don’t have to run or walk. You can come and participate in the balloon release, paint a ceramic ribbon at the Pottery Place and enjoy entertainment throughout the day. It’s about coming together for a cause and honoring the many that are fighting cancer.”