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Love Your Cha-Chas
The 5K will take place in Edinburg starting at 7:30 a.m. on Oct 8.
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Love Your Cha-Chas
The main goal of the event is to encourage women, especially Hispanic women, who may not do check-ups because of cultural apprehensions.
Paying homage to those touched by breast cancer has become an October ritual. Think Pink signs are all over the supermarkets, billboards and on T-shirts worn in 5K runs sponsored by the Susan J. Komen Foundation.
The foundation was started by Nancy G. Brinker, older sister of Komen, as a result of a conversation between the two sisters. In Brinker’s book “Promise Me,” she recounts a doctor’s visit when the two sisters saw the sullen conditions that most patients face during a life-threatening illness. Komen made Brinker promise to help her change the way people with breast cancer were treated and diagnosed.
It seems only fitting that Joanne Perez Pena started her own event in the Rio Grande Valley in honor of both her sister and mother who passed away in consecutive years. The event is called “Love your Cha Chas.” While she states that this was meant to be a one-year-only event, she’s found so much support in the community, the event has continued going steady for the past 8 years, with a one year hiatus. This year’s event is called “Hero Up, Love your Cha Chas: 5K run/walk.”
The 5K will take place in Edinburg starting at 7:30 a.m. on Oct 8. Entry fees are: Individual $25; teams of 8 or more are $20 per member; survivors $10; and kids 10 and under are free with no T-shirt. Pena said the main goal of the event is to encourage women, especially Hispanic women like her mother, who may not do check-ups because of cultural apprehensions. Pena wants to make sure people know that the run is as much a celebration as it is an event to raise awareness and funds which go to a foundation at Doctor’s Hospital Renaissance.
For her part, she writes on the run’s Facebook event page: “My reward is when it's all said and done and on October 8th, I walk up to that starting line and finally raise my head... I will be welcomed by a sea of people ready to ROCK breast cancer awareness and tears of joy always choke me up!”
For more information, visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1250967691603730.
To register for the event: https://mve.webconnex.com/chacha2016
By Mary Ann Escamilla