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Published on October 04, 2021

More than $35,000 Raised for Breast Health

The virtual Women’s Only Walk & Run topped last year’s event in participation and money raised.

Claire McDowell

Top Finisher: Clair McDowell

A virtual event has raised $35,203.58 to help local women detect and battle breast cancer. This year’s Women’s Only Virtual 5K Walk & Run included 898 participants,150 who were breast cancer survivors. The Women’s Only was held Sept. 25 to Oct. 2

Breast cancer is one of the most frequently treated cancers at Cone Health Cancer Center.  estimates 281,550 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Money raised in the Women’s Only supports local women.  

“There is something truly special in the way women in and from our community join in support of other women through the Women’s Only,” says Skip Hislop, vice president, cancer services, Cone Health. “Even in a virtual race, that support remains strong.”


Overall Top Finishers                    




Claire McDowell



Sara Mitchell



Colleen King



Cancer Survivor Karin Levesque of Fayetteville was the top breast cancer survivor finisher, with a time of 28:12. 

Participants downloaded an app and ran a virtual course or selected a 3.12-mile route of their own. More than $7,000 in prizes were provided by sponsors. Prizes were awarded to the finishers above and ten more will be raffled among everyone who finished the race.

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 can’t 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.

Photos from the race route, at-home racers and the event’s virtual photo booth can be found at in the 2021 race photo album.

Cone Health plans for a return to the in-person race in 2022, which was shared in a video on the Women’s Only 5K Facebook page Saturday.

“We will launch our race from our new Cone Health MedCenter for Women on Oct. 1, 2022,” announced Sue Pedaline, DNP, RN, vice president for maternal-child services, Cone Health. “A new year. A new route. We are all looking forward to seeing you in person next year!”

Cone Health MedCenter for Women is at 930 Third Street, Greensboro.