TOLEDO, Ohio | – Each year Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio recognizes four individuals from our 24-county service area at the Race for the Cure events in Findlay and Toledo. These “In Celebration of” and “In Memory of” honorees are people who have demonstrated courage, inspiration and positivity during their battle with breast cancer.
This year’s Toledo Race will be “In Celebration of” Kim Barber and “In Memory of” Sharon (Shari) Thees.
Toledo | In Celebration Of | Kim Barber
The day Kim found out she had breast cancer was the same day she found out she was going to be a grandma for the first time. Strengthened by the desire to meet her grandchild, Kim pushed on through every chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Since then, Kim has become a very active supporter of the Toledo Race for the Cure, and has participated in the Race with her family every year since 2011. Kim is the captain for team, “Kim’s Kru”, and she raises money for her team by hosting a fundraising competition among several Toledo fire engine houses and shifts. The prize for the largest amount raised is a wonderful, home-cooked meal that Kim prepares herself.
Toledo | In Memory Of | Sharon (Shari) Thees
Shari lived with metastatic breast cancer for more than 20 years, and she lived her life to the fullest. Shari was an advocate for early detection, breast health education, and was known for just “being there” for others as they began their breast cancer journeys. Shari was an avid supporter of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for many years. Even when Shari was too sick to participate in the Race, her family always attended in her place to celebrate their mom. Shari passed away in 2015, and her family continues her work of supporting Komen Northwest Ohio by generously hosting the annual Komen Northwest Ohio Survivor Breakfast at The Pinnacle in Maumee.
The Toledo honorees and their families will be recognized on Sunday, September 24, 2017 before the start of the 24th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Downtown Toledo.
This year’s Findlay Race will be “In Celebration or’ Sue Boyce and “In Memory of’ Beverly Schroder.
Findlay | In Celebration Of | Sue Boyce
Bad knees and a busy schedule didn’t stop Sue Boyce from celebrating fellow breast cancer survivors in all four of the past Findlay Race for the Cure events. Sue’s friends say she is the strongest woman they know. A single mom who battled breast cancer while working full-time, she still managed to raise her children with a smile. Today, she is still smiling! Sue loves to participate in the survivor events and meet other breast cancer survivors. Last year, Sue was cocaptain of the Findlay Race for the Cure team “Rooted in Strength”, which was created in her honor.
Findlay | In Memory Of | Beverly Schroder
Beverly Schroder was a woman of determination and compassion. She was a dedicated volunteer in Hancock County and was an avid animal welfare advocate. Beverly was an active member of a local breast cancer support group, and devoted many hours to St. Michael’s Parish. Beverly was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2014, and she registered for the 2015 Findlay Race for the Cure. Beverly walked in the Findlay Race again in 2016, and she was already registered for the 2017 Findlay Race when she passed away on April 9, 2017. A registered nurse for 43 years, Beverly knew her fight was about more than her own life. During her treatment, she actively petitioned Congress and the medical insurance industry to fund more cancer and lymphedema research and to improve patient care. Beverly always found ways to give more of her time, energy and love to those around her.
The Findlay honorees and their families will be recognized on Saturday, September 23, 2017 before the start of the 5th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Findlay at the Blanchard Valley Health Campus in Findlay, Ohio.
About Susan G. Komen ® and the Komen Northwest Ohio Affiliate
Susan G. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the United States Government, while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more $3 billion in funding to research screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. The Northwest Ohio Affiliate alone has invested more than $12 million in community breast cancer programs in 24 counties. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in Northwest Ohio and the remaining 25% funds national breast cancer research. Visit www.komennwohio.org or call 1-877-604-CURE.