Record number turn out for Women's Only 5K Walk & Run - Cone Health - Greensboro, NC

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Published on October 04, 2010

Record number turn out for Women's Only 5K Walk & Run

An event record 2,891 women, including Olympic gold medalist and breast cancer survivor Dorothy Hamill and U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), took part in the 18th Annual Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run Saturday morning at The Women’s Hospital of Greensboro.

Last year the event raised $74,000 for the Mammography Scholarship Fund at The Women’s Hospital. This year’s results are still being tallied.

“No woman should go without a mammogram because she can’t afford one,” says Cindy Farrand, President of The Women’s Hospital. “It’s wonderful to see so many women take part in an event that helps other women in our community get this important test.”

Prior to today’s event, the Women’s Only raised more than $400,000 for the Mammography Scholarship Fund. Over the past 17 years, the Fund has made it possible for more than 500 uninsured women to receive mammograms at a reduced cost.

12-year old Blair Ramsey of Greensboro posted the best time in the Women's Only. She covered the 3.1-mile USTF certified course between The Women’s Hospital and Moses Cone Regional Cancer Center in an unofficial time of 19 minutes and 48 seconds. For race results log on to: www.womensonlyrun.com or http://www.queencitytiming.com/2010_results/women_only_5k.htm.

Olympic champion Dorothy Hamill competed when she was only 19 years old and had a major impact both on and off the ice. She is a breast cancer survivor and leads an active life that includes a focus on educating women about the importance of mammograms to the early detection of breast cancer. Moses Cone Health System is the official medical services provider for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships which will be in Greensboro in January.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan helped start the morning event. A strong advocate for healthcare in North Carolina, Hagan announced last week $41.6 million in federal grants and loans for North Carolina health care and public safety facilities.

Established in 1990, The Women’s Hospital was the first free-standing hospital in the state dedicated to women’s health. On Monday, Oct. 11, Moses Cone Regional Cancer Center will break ground on a facility expansion that will include a dedicated breast cancer center.

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