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Film Donates Proceeds To Cancer Research

By: Whitney Holmes Email
By: Whitney Holmes Email

April 3, 2007

Two different women, running the same race, a race to find a cure for breast cancer.

Summer is training for the Women's Four Miler in Charlottesville, a fundraiser for cancer research.

Krista is personally trying to outpace the disease, having to undergo two mastectomies.

Both women are stars in the movie "Summer Running," by Scott Mactavish, a filmmaker on a mission to raise money for breast cancer research.

Mactavish was inspired to make this movie when dropping his wife off at a training session for the Four Miler. That is when he realized how far the effects of breast cancer can reach.

"We tend to be blind to breast cancer because it doesn't affect us," the filmmaker confessed of the 'guy' perspective. "The only time we recognize the disease is when our mothers, sisters, wives, and girlfriends come down with the disease. In this case, the women that I met really opened my eyes."

Mactavish's eyes were also opened to the fact that money is what is keeping us from winning the race against breast cancer.

Researchers like UVa's Deb Lannigan have made discoveries to stop cancer, but these discoveries cannot be made into an effective drug because the projects are stalled.

Without private donations, there is no money to fund them.

"The federal government doesn't underwrite out-of-the-box research," explained Mactavish. "So these researchers that are doing this really cutting edge stuff tend to be shut out."

This is why the net proceeds of "Summer Running" will go to research. The movie is $20 and can be bought online.

Although Mactavish, who spends his time between Charlottesville and New York, looked all over the country for a perfect spot to shoot this movie, all the roads kept leading back to Charlottesville.

"The researchers are here, the runners, the two stars in the film are here. And of course we were thrilled to have Sissy Spacek do the introduction for us," said Mactavish. "It turns out that some of the best stories were in our own backyard."

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