Race for the Cure inspires hope, raises awarness
Special to The Aspen Times
The Race for the Cure on Saturday will be a special day for Jenni Fautsko. She recently was named one of three honorary survivors by the Susan G. Komen Aspen affiliate office and will be sharing her story with those in attendance.
Her story, one of bravery and hope, began when she found a lump in her breast while feeding her 12-month-old son, Turner. Soon after discovering that the lump was cancerous, she underwent a lumpectomy. Unfortunately, she discovered that the cancer had spread to one of her lymph nodes, forcing her to undergo multiple rounds of chemotherapy.
She also tested positive for the BRACA 2 gene, which is an indicator that one is prone to get cancer, so she decided to have a bilateral mastectomy followed by radiation. Two years later, she now says both she and her son, who has had his own health issues and underwent extensive hip surgery, are “doing well, feeling better.”
Fautsko, of Glenwood Springs, said the help of family and friends, especially her husband, Matt, got her through these past few years.
Her family’s support is evident as she plans to participate in Saturday’s activities with her mother, mother-in-law and son. Saturday’s activities are from 7 a.m. to noon, with the 10-kilometer run/walk beginning at 9 a.m. and the five-kilometer run/walk beginning at 9:45 a.m. Other activities include a one-mile Paw Dog Run and Family Fun Walk beginning at 10 a.m. and a Survivor Celebration beginning at 11 a.m.
Over the past 22 years, the race has raised more than $5 million for local and national breast cancer support and research. This year, the Susan G. Komen Aspen affiliate is hoping it will earn close to $150,000. Seventy-five percent of these funds go to direct, local relief, while the remaining 25 percent go to the national Susan G. Komen organization. Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer found in women in the U.S. today, only second to skin cancer.
Those interested in participating in the race Saturday can register at http://www.komenaspen.org, visit the Aspen Sports store or sign up the day of the race. Volunteers also are needed for the race as well as the Susan G. Komen Century cycling event in September.
Christina Myers will be a senior at Aspen High School this fall. She is working as an editorial intern for The Aspen Times this week.
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