10 Oct Walking, Running and Kickin’ Cancer
A jubilant atmosphere cheered through Brentwood on Sunday, September 29th: tents with countless balloons, yoga instructors, energetic music, and the stamps of vibrant running shoes colored the blocked off San Vincente Boulevard. The day marked the 12th Annual Kickin’ Cancer 5k Walk/Run, a fundraiser to support the development of early screening tests and preventative care for ovarian and breast cancer by the Lynne Cohen Foundation.
Thousands came out in support of those fighting cancer, even those honoring lost loved ones. People like Tina of Team Teal, whose sister Jodi passed away from ovarian cancer in August. The entire team of about thirty wore shirts with Jodi’s smiling face printed on them.
Though many participants were struggling with cancer in their or others’ lives, support was the name of the game — something that the President of the foundation, Amy Cohen Epstein, loved about the day’s event.
“It’s good! I mean it’s hot, but it’s good. This is our largest turnout in terms of numbers.” She pointed to a tiny strip mall. “It started with that parking lot over there. It was about 250 people. I knew everyone there. The best part about it now is that I don’t know anybody!”
Nearly 3,000 individuals and sponsors, from Brentwood and beyond, came together for a day of hope, inspiration and FUN in honor of the women in our lives. To date, Kickin’ Cancer! 2013 has raised more than $180,000 (and counting) for Lynne Cohen Foundation.The funds provide comprehensive preventive care, screening and education to women and families at increased risk for disease – in one place and in one day. Knowing her risk for cancer and how to manage it may save her life. For more information, please visit lynnecohenfoundation.org.