Komen's corporate team challenge

By Matt Butner - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - On Saturday, May 8, thousands will lace up their sneakers and hit the streets to help find a cure for breast cancer. Some will run by themselves and some will as teams. One of those groups will be from Dominion Power.

"Dominion's very focused on volunteerism efforts we have a goal this year for Susan G. Komen of 500," said Jennifer Eason, Dominion employee.

Meeting that recruitment goal would result in the largest team in the history of Komen Richmond. The hope is that more participants equals greater fundraising.

"Dominion did donate $20,000 and of course in addition to individual donations," Eason said.

Dominion's goal this year is $10,000 in individual donations. But you don't have to be a big name to have a big impact.

"It's also smaller corporations as well. Small businesses can do just as much as big businesses. The fundraising is a person by person thing," said Jessica Barnes.

Family Physicians of Chester joined in the race for the cure three years ago after an employee was diagnosed with breast cancer. They've more than doubled their goal this year and say it's worth it no matter the size of the team.

"That doesn't diminish our enthusiasm or our contribution to this cause. Every individual, every small business, it all adds up. And it makes a difference," team captain Vicky Carter said.

Carter said much of their fundraising was done through email and social networking sites, as well as good old fashioned word of mouth.

"In the grocery store yesterday I met an old friend and she wants to sign up and walk with us, and people are really ready to jump onboard and help us," said Carter.

Virginia Physicians for Women is a presenting sponsor for the race for the cure. Team captain Bridget Blakemore says co-workers and patients enjoy the time together at the event.

"We have a great time doing it. We always have a tent there as a presenting sponsor and its fun to have everybody join around and take pictures and enjoy the gorgeous walk to support such a great cause," said Blakemore.

The deadline to register is only one week away. That's May 3. For more information on how you can run, walk, or sleep-in for the cure, click here.

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