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5K Run to raise money for breast cancer foundation

Christy McMahan, organizer of Selmer’s Pink Ribbon Run, will be participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk in October. Staff Photo by Emily Pitts

When Christy McMahan’s best friend in Birmingham asked her to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk in Atlanta this October, it was an offer she couldn’t refuse. 

“How do you say no to a two-time survivor of cancer?” McMahan asked.

In October, McMahan and other participants from all over the world will be traveling to Atlanta to walk a total of 60 miles over the course of 3 days, in order to raise money for breast cancer awareness and treatment. 

McMahan has organized a 5K run/walk in Selmer, which she hopes will raise $2,300 for her 3-Day for the Cure walk. All participants of the 3-Day are required to raise in order to be a part of the event.

Selmer’s Pink Ribbon Run mirrors an annual 5k run in Birmingham that was started by McMahan’s friend for the same purpose. 

The Birmingham event now has more than 200 participants. McMahan hopes to make Selmer’s 5k run an annual event as well, and with 50 participants registered already, it’s off to a great start.

The Pink Ribbon Run will take place this Saturday at the Selmer City Park. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., with a survivor lap and pink balloon release beginning at 8:15. The 5k run will begin at 8:30. Registration for the run/walk is $20, and baloons are an additional $2.

All breast cancer survivors, whether registered for the event or not, are invited to participate in the survivor lap. The balloons, purchased by the participants, will be released in memory of those who have lost the battle with cancer, or in honor of breast cancer patients, survivors, or others that have been affected by this disease. 

“Everywhere you turn,” said McMahan, “someone is affected by breast cancer — whether it’s a mother, a sister, a grandmother. We just need to bring more awareness to it.” 

One of McMahan’s goals for the event is to bring awareness to the younger generation as well. 

The route travels through the park, and around Selmer Elementary and Selmer Middle schools, and is designed to be accessible to people of all ages and can be either run or walked, so that anyone can participate. 

McMahan began her 24-week training for the 3-day walk this week. “It’s going to be grueling,” she said, “but I’ll get there.” 

She will be walking the entire 60 miles with her friend, who has now been cancer free for 7 years. 

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation funds both local community programs that support education, screening and treatment and global breast cancer research. 

Additionally, the Komen for the Cure grant has played a key role in funding a large number of scientific advances related to breast cancer research over the past 28 years.

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