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Published on October 01, 2016

Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run Raises More Than $120,000

Money provides breast cancer screenings to area women who might not be able to afford them.

Greensboro— ­­­­­­­Sarah Squire of Winston-Salem took first place in the 24th Annual Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run. This morning’s event at Women’s Hospital, featured 2,111 participants who raised $122,387.30 so that more area women can receive mammograms to screen for breast cancer.

Squire completed the USA Track & Field-certified course in 22 minutes, 14 seconds. That was 23 seconds faster than Lori Stevenson of Greensboro, who finished second.

Participant registrations from the Women’s Only 5 K Walk & Run support the Cone Health Mammography Scholarship Fund. Each year, the fund provides about 600 women with screening mammograms that they would otherwise be unable to afford.

“Mammography is the gold standard in diagnosing breast cancer,” says Women’s Hospital President Cindy Farrand. “A lack of money shouldn’t be a reason for not getting this lifesaving exam.”

The cancer experts at Cone Health Cancer Center treat more cases of breast cancer than any other type. Cone Health treated 904 cases of breast cancer in 2015. Mammograms are a crucial part of early detection.

“We are very good at treating breast cancer at Cone Health Cancer Center. And early detection through mammography is very important,” says Vice President of Oncology Services Skip Hislop. “And this event makes mammograms possible for hundreds of women in our community.”

Complete race results are available at www.queencitytiming.com.         

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