January 8, 2010
Every year, women across Charlottesville and beyond, pound the pavement all in the name of putting an end to a "vicious" and "sometimes deadly" disease. The annual event is the Women's Four Miler.
Last September, despite the struggling economy, money poured into the program. Friday was the day for the representatives of the Women's Four Miler to present UVa's Breast Care Center with the big check.
The 2009 Women's Four Miler raised more money this year than 2008 and since the 1980s, millions of dollars have been raised to support women in our community.
The ceremony on Friday was held to celebrate the community coming together to raise more than just $325,000, it was also about raising awareness for beating breast cancer. Several people spoke about how not just the runners, but how the community worked together to raise money through personal sponsorships and donations.
Dr. Michael Weber, Director of UVa's Breast Care center said this cause was personal to him and seeing the support was meaningful. "Having this kind of community support means an enormous amount. Frankly, it's not just the dollars. It's also what it symbolizes to us in terms of what the breast care center means to the people of Charlottesville and Albemarle county."
The entire program is put on each year by volunteers like Race Director, Cynthia Lorenzoni and Training Program Director, Joan Esposito. Without these ladies and countless other, this race would not be as successful as it has been year after year.
The money collected will stay locally in Charlottesville to help women in our community through education, research, support and community outreach like the mobile mammography van.
The Women's Four Miler Race and Women's Four Miler Training Program are always seeking volunteers. Click on the links part of newsplex.com to get more information.
The 2010 Women's Four Miler Training Program begins June 19th at UVa's track and the Women's Four Miler Race will be held September 4th at Foxfields.