Mid-Missouri race for the cure ~ way to go, columbia, mo!

PhotobucketMid-Missouri's first Race for the Cure . . . by any measure, the event was a BIG success. Here are some pretty impressive facts:

~ over 300 breast cancer survivors marched in the survivors' parade

~ over 4,000 people ran, walked, wheeled their way from start to finish (in a shirt-drenching downpour by race's end)

~ and over $150,000 was raised to help find a cure for breast cancer

And then there are all the immeasureables ~ the immense outpouring of love, hope, support, solidarity ~ the intangibles that made the event really and truly successful.

I felt a surge of pride: for all of Columbia . . . just look at what our town can do!; for my Michigan sisters-in-law, Julie and Kim, whom I love dearly and who are strong, beautiful, and breast cancer survivors; for my friends (you know who you are!) who served in various roles . . . coordinating the event, staffing the Survivor's tent, running and walking (some recovering from cancer treatment themselves, some currently getting treatment); and for all the kids who showed up to be part of it all.

I've posted a few pictures below from the day. You can see all the pictures in this slideshow (and you really ought to watch it, 'cause I can almost guarantee, if you live in Columbia, you're gonna see someone you know!).

And if you want an actual hold-it-in-your-hands print of any of these pictures, please buy one (or more)!

Why?! SilverBox will donate ANY AND ALL proceeds from print orders to the Mid-Missouri Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Our goal: we want to hand over a check to the affiliate for at least $500. Won't you please help us do it?!!!

TO SEE AND PURCHASE PICTURES:

TO SEE ALL the pictures from race day (AND IF YOU'D LIKE TO PURCHASE A FEW), check out the complete gallery by:

clicking here to go to SilverBox's gallery (then go under Featured Galleries and click on "Race for the Cure") OR clicking here to go directly to the "Race for the Cure" gallery

Here are a few more pictures to get you started if you're in the mood to scroll:Photobucket

Breast cancer survivors who marched in the Survivors' Parade . . . 300 strong! Photobucket

a few warm-up exercises before the race (along with a few Grant All-Stars!) Photobucket Photobucket

Mizzou's golden girls, honored as "pink girls" for the day . . . standing in the cold drizzle with big smiles, these women are as tough as they are talented! Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

the first breast cancer survivor to cross the finish line (and boy, it did NOT take her long to get there!!!) Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

~kim