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Runners race to fund cure

March 27, 2003

By Elizabeth Alden

The American Cancer Association reports that an estimated 39,800 women and 400 men will die from breast cancer this year. With those figures in mind, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure organization hopes to 'eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease through the advancement of research, education, screening and treatment.'

Waco will be helping this cause with a local race April 12.

Charlotte Henderson, co-chairwoman of Race for the Cure, said there will be a one-mile event and two 5K events in the morning.

'The positive thing about our race is that most of the money we raise, we put right back out into Central Texas,' Henderson said.

Organizers will hold a pasta party and silent auction from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 10 at the Texas Life Annex. Tickets for adults cost $10 and tickets for children cost $5.

The 'Celebration of Life' Survivor Luncheon will be at 11 a.m. April 11 at the Ridgewood Country Club. Tickets cost $35.

Candy Swenke, a volunteer coordinator of the race, said Zeta Tau Alpha has helped a lot with the race.

'Zetas have been doing a good job getting word out,' Swenke said.

Swenke added that she still needs more volunteers.

The online and mail-in registration deadline is Friday. Walk-up registration runs from April 7 to April 9 at Richland Mall. Registration will be available the day of the event at 6:30 a.m.