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Published on October 06, 2018

Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run Raises More Than $91,000

Elle Ellender of Greensboro took first place in the 26th Annual Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run. Nearly 2,400 women took part in the event held this morning at Women’s Hospital.

Elle Ellender

Elle Ellender

This event raised more than $92,000 for the Mammography Scholarship Fund and the Alight Program, which provide women with lifesaving screening mammograms, as well as financial assistance and emotional support during treatment.

Ellender completed the USA Track & Field-certified course in 18 minutes, 34 seconds. Kiersten Kohler finished second with a time of 22 minutes, 19 seconds.  Claire McDowell of Greensboro finished third with a time of 22 minutes and 20 seconds.

Participant registrations from the Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run provide support for local women. The Mammography Scholarship Fund provides about 600 women with screening mammograms that they would otherwise be unable to afford. The Cone Health Alight Program provides emotional, educational and financial support for breast cancer patients.

Mammograms are a crucial part of early detection. “A lack of money shouldn’t be a reason for not getting this lifesaving exam,” says Cone Health Women’s Hospital President Debbie Cunningham, DNP, RN. “The Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run is about women helping other women in our community.”

The cancer experts at Cone Health Cancer Center treat more cases of breast cancer than any other type. Cone Health treated 1,042 cases of breast cancer in 2017.

“No woman has to go through breast cancer alone. Someone from Cone Health is right there with you every step of the way. Your support of the Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run helps make that possible,” says Skip Hislop, vice president of oncology services, Cone Health.

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