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TWU recruits nearly 200 Pioneers for the Cure to participate in Saturday’s Dallas Komen Race for the Cure®

TWU team has raised nearly $11,000 for the race



DENTON/DALLAS — Nearly 200 Texas Woman’s University students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends from the Denton and Dallas campuses are set to be “Pioneers for the Cure” when they participate in Saturday’s 2006 Komen Dallas Race for the Cure®. TWU’s team of 193 has raised $10,907 in registration fees and donations for the race.

“We have had many groups from TWU participate in the race before, but last year was our first concerted effort to recruit one large TWU team,” said Amy Parsons-O’Keefe, director of commuter and non-traditional student services at TWU and co-chair of the TWU Pioneers for the Cure team. “This year’s team membership has more than doubled, and we have raised more than five times the amount of money over last year.”
TWU was recognized for having the largest school team participate in the 2005 race when more than 80 team members raised $2,100 for the Dallas County affiliate.

“Supporting the Race for the Cure® is a natural fit for Texas Woman’s University,” Ms. Parsons-O’Keefe said. “Many of our students will be the healthcare providers of those with breast cancer. And many on our team have a personal connection to the cause, either having lost someone to the disease or are survivors themselves.”

For instance, Dr. Denise Bates, assistant professor of health studies, and her family will be walking to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her mother’s death from breast cancer. Amber Richards, a TWU graduate student, will walk in honor of her grandmother who also passed away from the disease.

“The support from the TWU community this year has been overwhelming,” Parsons-O’Keefe said. “The student support, in particular, is significant when you think that college students are usually on a tight schedule and budget. The fact that so many students are participating by walking and donating money shows how much this important cause means to them.”The 2006 Komen Dallas Race for the Cure® will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the NorthPark Center in Dallas. For more information, visit www.komen-dallas.org.


For Further Information Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

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