Introducing our 2016 Honorary Race Chairs

FIVE LOCAL YOUNG SURVIVORS NAMED HONORARY CHAIRS FOR THE ANNUAL KOMEN COLUMBUS RACE FOR THE CURE

For the second year in a row, Columbus Race for the Cure is the largest in the country, second largest in the world

HonoraryRaceChairs_1COLUMBUS– For the second year in a row, the Susan G. Komen Columbus Race for the Cure is the largest Race for the Cure event in the country and second largest in the world. To kick-off the 2016 Race season, the Affiliate is announcing five young breast cancer survivors as honorary Race Chairs for the 2016 Komen Columbus Race for the Cure that will be held on Saturday, May 14 in downtown Columbus.

“This year we really wanted to shed some light on the unique challenges younger women face as they battle breast cancer,” said Becca Thomas, Director of Events for Komen Columbus. “Amber, Ashley, Brittany, Clorissa and Tara have incredible stories to share of their survival, fight and subsequent outreach among their peers about breast health. They have turned their negative situations into a positive and we’ve already learned so much from them. We look forward to being able to share their journeys with other families facing similar situations this year.”

Collectively these young women celebrate 14 years of survivorship.

  • Clorissa Ashley was 25 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014.
  • Brittany Beitel was diagnosed when she was 26 years old in 2014.
  • Tara Ernske was 30 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014.
  • Ashlee Hunt was initially diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 24 years old in 2010. In May of 2015, she found out the breast cancer had returned at age 28.
  • Amber Preston was 28 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014.

“These group of young women remind us that breast cancer does not discriminate when it comes to age, race, religion or socioeconomic status. Their stories validate why we must continue to bring awareness to this disease and encourage women to take action like be aware of their family history, knowing their normal or scheduling a mammogram,” said Katie Carter, executive director for Komen Columbus.

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