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Published on October 14, 2017

Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run Raises Nearly $100,000


Sydney Gilstrap of Greensboro took first place in the 25th Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run. More than 2,100 women took part in the event held this morning at Women’s Hospital.

Sydney Gilstrap

It raised $99,703 so that uninsured women can receive mammograms to screen for breast cancer and receive support during their treatments.

Gilstrap completed the USA Track & Field-certified course in 19 minutes, 28 seconds. That was 44 seconds faster than Gabrielle Merritt of Elon who finished second. Claire McDowell of Greensboro finished third with a time of 22 minutes and 1 second.

Participant registrations from the Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run support The Mammography Scholarship Fund. Each year, the fund provides about 600 women with screening mammograms that they would otherwise be unable to afford. Many more receive emotional, educational and financial support during their treatment through the Cone Health Alight Program.

L to R: Gabrielle Merritt,
Sydney Gilstrap, Claire McDowell

“Mammography remains the gold standard for diagnosing breast cancer,” says Women’s Hospital President Debbie Cunningham, DNP, RN, president, women’s services, Cone Health. “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 904 cases of breast cancer in 2016. Mammograms are a crucial part of early detection.

“One of the advantages of treating so many breast cancer cases is that we are able to offer outstanding support,” says Skip Hislop, vice president of oncology services, Cone Health. “No woman has to go through this alone. Someone from Cone Health will support you every step of the way.”

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