Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run Raises More than $110,000 - Cone Health

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Published on November 22, 2014

Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run Raises More than $110,000

Sydney Gilstrap of Greensboro took first place in the 22nd annual Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run. 2,549 women took part in the event held this morning Gilstrap Winsat Women’s Hospital, which raised more than $110,316 so that more area women can receive mammograms to screen for breast cancer.

She completed the USA Track & Field-certified course in 19 minutes, 22 seconds. That was 34 seconds faster than April Irwin of Greensboro who finished second.

Participant registrations from the Women’s Only 5 K Walk & Run support The Mammography Scholarship Fund. Free or reduced charge mammograms were provided to 694 women in Guilford and Rockingham counties last year thanks to the fund.

“Mammography is such an important tool in diagnosing breast cancer,” says Women’s Hospital President Cindy Farrand. “A lack of money shouldn’t be a reason for not getting this life-saving exam.”

The cancer experts at Cone Health Cancer Center treat more cases of breast cancer than any other type. Cone Health treated 821 cases of breast cancer in 2013. Mammograms are a crucial part of early detection.

“We continue to make great strides in treating breast cancer,” says Vice President of Oncology Services Skip Hislop. “Catching breast cancer early through mammography is important. 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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