|Komen For Cure race to be run in memory of Perrysburg salon owner|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 20 September 2013 10:00|
The Northwest Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure will be hosting the 20th annual Toledo Race for the Cure next weekend, on Sept. 29.
This is the first year for a Findlay-based Race For the Cure, to be held the same weekend. Findlay's race day is Sept. 28.
Komen supports women's fight against breast cancer.
This year's Toledo race is being run in memory of Denise Soto, a Perrysburg beauty salon and spa owner who lost her battle with breast cancer on Jan. 15, 2011. A mother, wife, and friend to many, she was widely known for giving her time and talent not only to clients but to all her knew her. A member of Blessed John XXIII Catholic Community, Perrysburg, Soto was an active community volunteer. She also helped coordinate special oncology evenings where patients could receive complimentary services.
Throughout her battle with cancer, Soto did not let the disease restrict her from pursuing career achievements. She consistently took the attitude of "how can I grow from this, who I can help?"
The Toledo race will be run in celebration of survivor Kelli Andres of Sylvania, who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer three years ago at age 45. It was not her first bout with cancer. At age 12 she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and had to have her leg amputated. An avid fundraiser, she heads up "Confections for the Cure" in the summer and with her two boys, sets up a lemonade stand to raise money for Komen.
Soto and Andres will be recognized in a special ceremony at the beginning of the race.
The Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure, a 5K run/walk, will kick off at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Toledo, with festivities beginning at 7:30 a.m.
The survivor ribbon photo is slated for 8, survivor parade at 8:45, and awards ceremony at 11.
The 2013 Findlay race "in celebration honoree" is Kara Ward and the "in memory of honoree" is Holly Correll.
Ward, of Carey, is a 30-year-old dance instructor who was diagnosed with the disease in January. Despite a very aggressive treatment plan, Ward has taught her child and adult students dance routines and also about facing each challenge with strength and never giving up.
Correll, of Tiffin, was famous for her personality and sense of humor. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer at age 33 and died last December.
Ward and Correll will be recognized at the beginning of the Findlay Race for the Cure. The 5K run/walk will kick off at 8:30 a.m. in downtown Findlay. The event opens with a survivor photo at 7:30, survivor parade at 7:45, and race-day registration from 7 until 8:15. A one-mile family fun walk starts at 8:45.
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