By Linda Dillman
Angie Abel and Jodi Brown may not share a biological family, but they are sisters in their shared battles with cancer and the drive to make life better for others fighting the same war.
The two Canal Winchester residents created the Courage, Conquer and Cure 5K Race in 2012 and raised more than $234,000 to benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at The Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Hospital-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Approximately 800 people participated in last year’s race, which used Canal Winchester streets and passed through the Bergstresser/Dietz covered bridge.
This year’s race will be Oct. 5. Roads along the route—from Columbus Street to Washington Street, Dietz Road, Conner Avenue, Bromfield Drive, across the bridge and returning to the starting point—will close temporarily at 7 a.m. The run and walk begin at 8:15 a.m., following a children’s fun run at 8 a.m.
Registration is $30 for adults and $10 for children age four to 10. People can also sponsor a runner or buy a $50 personalized flag to commemorate a loved one or show support for a survivor. The flags will be hung along the parade route or in close proximity during October to draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Diley Ridge Medical Center is the event’s premier sponsor.
Brown and Abel were both diagnosed with breast cancer at age 32. Brown was diagnosed in 2010 and Abel in 2011. They met while their sons were attending preschool at Faith Educare in Canal Winchester. A community partners meeting with OSU-The James planted the seed that later became the genesis for the race.
“We attribute the success of our first year event to the support of our family, friends and the local community,” said Abel. “Approximately 90 percent of registration was made up of teams of five or more people. This race is so important to us personally as we know the funds are going directly to the cause. At OSU, 100 percent of the funds go directly towards research. This impacts women in our community and increases opportunities for new treatments and improving survival outcomes.”
The 2013 race features Maddie Spielman (Chris and Stefanie’s oldest daughter). Tracy Townsend is serving as announcer and entertainment is provided by the Hot Pink Racers and David McCreary.
“We encourage the community to join us in ‘Pinking Out’ Canal Winchester on Oct. 5,” said Abel.
Visit www.facebook.com/courageconquercure, www.courageconquercure.com or email Brown and Abel at cour...@hotmail.com for information.