AKC Staff Supports Komen Race

AKC staffers pulled out their wallets and pulled on their sneakers in support of the annual Susan G....

AKC staffers pulled out their wallets and pulled on their sneakers in support of the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2009 in Raleigh, NC.

The AKC Community Events Team (CET) coordinated the effort, which raises money for breast cancer research. Employees donated $1,200 to the cause. Thirty-five staff members, along with family and friends, joined the AKC walking team – Paws for a Cause. They donned blue team t-shirts, complete with the AKC logo and white paw prints on the back, and hit the streets of downtown Raleigh on June 13.

They were among 23,000 people who came together to celebrate breast cancer survivors and to honor the victims. "The Race for the Cure is an important event for AKC," Paws for a Cause co-chairman Patty McEwen said. "We have all been touched by breast cancer in one way or another – whether from a diagnosis of a family member, friend or even a co-worker."

For the past six years, Judieth Brite of Judging Operations has joined the AKC team as a tribute to her sister. "My sister, Angela, passed way in 2003 with breast cancer so I walk in memory of her," Brite said. "It is difficult, but she is in my heart."

Companion Events Representative Theresia Jones walks every year to support someone who has touched her life. "My girlfriend’s mother had cancer and she is a survivor. She wears the pink survivor shirt, and we are always there to cheer her on."

The CET also sponsored Steps for Support during the month leading up to the race. They asked staff members to walk during their lunch and on breaks and, as an incentive to get fit, participants’ names were placed in a weekly drawing for a $10 gift card.

The Community Events Team plans to support the Komen race every year as one of its major causes.

"It’s important to contribute financially because breast cancer affects everyone in one way or another, and we need to find a cure," said Judging Ops Project Manager Susan Judge, who has participated in the race for more than seven years.