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Ruston races for the cure with Susan G. Komen

April 28, 2016

STARLA GATSON

Staff Reporter | sjg021@latech.edu

 

 

 

Ruston residents broke  out their running shoes and pink dresses Saturday for the Susan G. Komen Color Me for A Cure 5K Pink Dress Dash.

 

 

The race was held at the Ruston Country Club and was Lincoln Parish’s third 5K for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

 

 

Becky Tripp, local affiliate coordinator for the Komen Foundation, said the Pink Dress Dash was planned to bring a new and unique fundraiser to Ruston.

 

 

“This year we decided to do something different that we hadn’t seen in this area, so we picked a dress run,” Tripp said.

 

 

Stations were set up throughout the race course, handing out pink accessories such as sunglasses, headbands and beaded necklaces for the runners to wear during the race.

 

 

This year’s race included more than 200 runners and numerous sponsors, including Newk’s Eatery, Remax Results Realty and the Ruston Country Club.

 

 

Tripp said 75 percent of the money raised from the 5K would be used in North Louisiana while the remaining funds would be sent to the Komen Foundation’s national branch.

 

 

Jessie Tucker, a contract employee for the Komen Foundation, said this event is especially beneficial to Ruston’s neighboring areas.

 

 

“A lot of the surrounding parishes are lacking money to fund those women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer but can’t afford treatments,” Tucker said. “It also helps those who haven’t been diagnosed. The money from this event goes toward grants that will help women get access to free screenings and mammograms.”

 

 

Melissa Touchet, a member of the event’s board of directors, said money from the fundraiser will also be used to educate the community about breast cancer.

 

 

“This event is important to the community because it brings awareness about breast cancer and health for women and men,” Touchet said. “We raised much needed funds for mammograms for those who could not otherwise afford them and for education about why getting screened is important.”

 

 

Mike Doughty, a 5K participant, said this was his first time participating in a dress dash and thinks that this event is important to the North Louisiana community because of its cause.

 

 

“Anything that brings more breast cancer awareness is important,” Doughty said.

 

 

Tripp said the fundraiser was not only organized to raise money and support for the Komen Foundation, but also to create a fun event for the Ruston community.

 

 

“It’s something that you don’t have to get up really early in the morning for, and it’s a chance for everyone to get together and just have fun,” she said. “It’s a way to have a fun evening in a good environment and at the same time support a good cause.”

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