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Published on June 04, 2019

Women’s Only 5K Registration Opens

 The annual event helps local women.

Registration for the 27th Annual Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run is now open. Proceeds from this annual event help area women detect and battle breast cancer. The Women’s Only takes place Saturday, Oct. 5, at Women’s Hospital in Greensboro. 

Women's Only Runner

Women's Only 2018

Entry fees benefit the Mammography Scholarship Fund and the Cone Health Alight Program. The Mammography Scholarship Fund provides screening mammograms to women who are uninsured or lack the financial means to pay for the screening. The Alight Program helps with the everyday needs of breast cancer patients in treatment, such as financial assistance, educational materials, peer mentoring and support groups. 

Nearly 600 women received mammograms through the Women’s Only last year. “A lack of money shouldn’t be a reason for not getting this lifesaving exam,” says Debbie Cunningham, DNP, president, Women’s Hospital and Behavioral Health Services and SVP, Cone Health. “The Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run is about local women helping other local women.”  

There are several ways women, girls and others can get involved. 

  • Register for the Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run. Early bird registration is $30 through Sept. 10. After that date, registration is $40.
  • Girls 6 years old and younger can register for the Girls’ Only Mini-Walk & Run. Registration is $10.
  • People who aren’t running or walking can show their support by becoming a Pink Ribbon Partner. A $20 registration earns partners a special T-shirt to cheer on participants.  

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"Being able to join a support group, being matched with a peer who has been in your shoes, all of these things make a real difference in coping with a breast cancer diagnosis," says Cone Health Vice President of Oncology Services Skip Hislop. "And this event ensures these resources are here for 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 981 cases of breast cancer in 2018.

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