By Portia Williams
The fall season announced itself with chilly temperatures early Saturday morning, but it did not stop hundreds of supporters from coming out to the Southern Ohio Medical Center’s (SOMC) Paint It Pink 5k/10k and Bike competition held in front of the SOMC Life Center in Portsmouth.
Brad Zieber, Manager of Performance Training at the SOMC Life Center in Portsmouth, said the races are all about awareness.
“Today we have our 5k/10K Paint It Pink Race to bring awareness to cancer, and to help bring awareness, and help raise money for the SOMC Compassion Fund,” Zieber said. “We would like to have 200 participants today, right now we are at 180.”
He said they received an incredible amount of support for Saturday’s events.
“They is a lot of people out today, anything from people coming out to support, to cancer survivors coming out and showing their pride for beating cancer,” Zieber said. “This is a great effort to help out people in need. The Compassion Fund raises money to support cancer patients if they need medication, or gas money, or transportation to their treatments. This brings ease to to their minds, they don’t have to worry about some of those things if we can help to support them in these ways.”
Among the many teams participating in the Paint It Pink 5k/10K, were the Richardson sisters, Carla Womack and Felicia Parker both of Portsmouth, Regina Sawyer, and Monica Richardson, both of Columbus.
“We are walking today in honor of our mother, Janice Richardson’s memory, who was taken by breast cancer in 1979 at the age of 34,” Womack said. “We sisters feel strongly about cancer research, and fighting for a cure. So this year, we chose to walk as #teamjanice in the SOMC Paint It Pink Walk.”
In addition to the many other walkers and runners in the race, a large group of bicyclists competed in a race as well. Live entertainment was provided by local cloggers, as many gathered to observed prior to the race competitions.
Zieber said they did not have a set dollar amount in mind that they were expecting to raise, but with the funds collected from Paint It Pink t-shirt sells, and money from race registration fees, he said he anticipates that they will do very well for the cause.
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