High School Students Race for the Cure

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Posted by – Sean Van Damme

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond Susan G. Komen race for the cure is just over two weeks away. Already registration for local high schools is more than double what it was last year.

It's been two years since Carrie Roarty got the diagnosis that she had breast cancer. But she's a survivor and now Carrie is a health and PE teacher at James River High School.

"We're the Roarty's Racing Rapids and two years ago a group of teachers and students got together and I really didn't know that they had started the team until it actually came close to race time," Said Roarty.

Students have signed on to Carries' team and the school is a part of Komen's high school team challenge, but you don't have to be a student to join.

"The teams are made up of students, faculty, staff, parents of students, alumni from the schools. And you can really grow your network for the schools," said Jessica Barnes.

This lets high schools set their sights high.  The fundraising goal for Roarty's Racing Rapids this year is $7000, a sizeable part of Komen Richmond's 2010 goal of a half million dollars.

Jessica Smith started a breast cancer awareness club at Henrico High School after she lost her mother to breast cancer.

"It's an amazing experience to help other people in need and I think it's great and a fun way to do it," said Smith.

"We really see that with the high school kids that a lot of them do know people who've been through breast cancer. They are aware when their own families are sic. But when their friends' families are sick, if a teacher is sick, they are very aware of that and they want to help," said Barnes.

Carrie says she considers herself fortunate breast cancer opened her eyes to see all the people who care about her.

"I'm so lucky to have the support of a wonderful family and friends and the co-workers and the students. it really means a lot and it really, really helped me through a rough time," said Roarty.

Carrie runs the race for the cure hoping more people will get the support they need.

The deadline to register is May third. To find out more information you can click on our Komen race page.

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