Bethany Pace of Climax took first place in the 27th running of the Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run. This morning’s event at Women’s Hospital featured 2,328 participants who raised $96,455.47. The money helps local women afford screening mammograms and supports others with breast cancer.
Pace completed the USA Track & Field-certified course in 21 minutes, 24 seconds. Alicia Rogers of Oak Ridge was second with a time of 22:18.
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.
“Mammography saves lives,” says Debbie Cunningham, DNP, president, Women’s Hospital and Behavioral Health Services and Senior Vice President, Cone Health. “A lack of money shouldn’t be a reason for not getting this lifesaving exam.” Each year, the Mammography Scholarship Fund provides about 600 women with screening mammograms that they would otherwise be unable to afford.
“We are very good at treating breast cancer at Cone Health Cancer Center. But treating the body is only part of what we do,” says Skip Hislop, vice president, Oncology Services, Cone Health. “Providing support, connecting women with others who have been down the path they are traveling, all of that is hugely important. The Alight Program makes an enormous difference.”
The cancer evperts 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.