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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456