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Published on September 30, 2019

Women Supporting Women: Stories from the Women's Only 5K

Women Supporting Women: Stories from the Women's Only 5K

Each year in October, a sea of pink floods the streets of Greensboro at the Women's Only 5K Walk & Run. There are so many inspiring individuals who take part in the race - in this week's 2 Your Well-Being discussion, Ellen Essick and Theresa Henry shared their Women's Only 5K stories. 

For Ellen, the Women's Only 5K is a special event because it supports women right here in our community. Ellen has run in every Women's Only 5K held over the past 26 years, and over time, she's collected quite a few race participant t-shirts! Ellen had a beautiful quilt created from her t-shirts, and now the quilt serves as a historical archive for the Women's Only 5K.

"[The quilt] also speaks to the power of this community and its continued support for this race," said Ellen. 

Theresa Henry is another race participant who has been involved for many years - the 2019 Women's Only 5K will be her 10th event. As a breast cancer survivor, Theresa describes race day as being "beautiful."

"The color pink is amazing to see, and just what it represents as far as supporting breast cancer patients, survivors and anyone else that's affected by breast cancer," said Theresa.

Theresa is also a big advocate for breast cancer prevention, encouraging others to do self exams, to have regular yearly mammograms and to know what's normal for their body. 

Both Ellen and Theresa encourage others to take part in the race.

"First and foremost, it's fun," said Ellen. "It's a great sense of camaraderie. I guarantee you'll see somebody you know. You'll meet some new friends. And you'll do something great - you'll feel good when it's over. It's something good. All the proceeds stay here in this community, and prevention is the key to success with this disease."

Visit to learn more about the Women's Only 5K Walk & Run. 

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