“While I started doing the Women’s Only 5K because I love to run, I liked that the event focused solely on women and provided mammograms for those in need. There’s something special about a sea of women and everyone encouraging and empowering one another.” – Karin Plank, a 10-time participant in the Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run, who placed third in her age category last year.
“It’s an amazing feeling to look out on the sea of pink and white shirts encompassing so many women and girls supporting each other. I am proud to be a part of honoring the memories of loved ones, celebrating the journeys of survivors and helping women who cannot afford it to have mammograms,“ says Patti Bonham, a 12-year Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run veteran, who participates to honor her mother and a few Caldwell Preschool colleagues.
“The 2016 Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run was such an amazing experience. To be surrounded by so many survivors and to make it to the finish line made me feel like there was a light at the end of the tunnel.” – Rachel Bixby, whose support of the event became personal after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 after a routine mammogram.
For the past 20 years, Brandi Goldston, who now lives in Charlotte, has been “doubly inspired” to participate in the Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run. She first learned about the event from her mother, Ethel Goldston, who has worked with Cone Health for four decades, and she participates in honor of her aunt Robyn Goldston Grant, who passed away from breast cancer in 2004. “Participating in the Women’s Only 5K has been truly moving. I can honor my Aunt Robyn’s memory while raising funds for breast cancer patients. Participating alongside my aunt’s daughters is an added bonus.”
“The biggest thing is that the money stays in town. Knowing that I am doing something that helps women in our community means a lot to me. And, once I started and realized I had a streak going, it was important to me to keep participating. The race also brings a…strong sense of community.” – Ellen Essick (pictured center), who has participated in the Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run for 25 years.