2015 Race for the Cure Honorees Announced
Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio selects two individuals from our 24 county service area for recognition during the Toledo Race for the Cure every year. The “In Celebration of” and “In Memory of” recognition goes to two people who have demonstrated courage, inspiration and positivity during their battle with breast cancer. This year’s Toledo Race will be “In Celebration of” Kathryn “Kit” Curran, and “In Memory of” Mary Chris Skeldon.
Kit Curran has been inspiring others since she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. Her breast cancer was detected early in an annual screening funded by a Komen grant. Because of this early screening, she did not have to go through chemotherapy and radiation. Ever since her early detection she has spread awareness for the importance of annual screenings and for what Komen does since Kit has had a personal connection. Five people she has known have taken her advice to follow through with neglected mammograms. Kit runs a seamstress business from her home and continues to speak about breast cancer and her story. She dedicates a tremendous amount of time to breast cancer awareness whether it be sharing her personal experience or participating in the Race and encouraging others to join the fight as well.
Wife, mother, sister, friend and public servant. Mary Christina Skeldon was these things and more to those lucky enough to have known her. Mary Chris died May 23, 2015, surrounded by her family, after she ended her 18 year battle with breast cancer on her terms; appreciating every last minute of what life had to offer. Mary Chris shared her story publically, helped newly diagnosed individuals and was determined to find a cure. She walked with grace to every treatment because in her eyes it was another opportunity to beat cancer. Mary Chris served as the Komen Northwest Ohio Board President from April 2012-March 2014.
Kit and Mary Chris’ family will be recognized at the beginning of the 22nd Annual Toledo Race for the Cure on Sunday, September 27th in downtown Toledo at 9:30 a.m.
Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio selects two individuals from our 24 county service area for recognition during the Findlay Race for the Cure every year. The “In Celebration of” and “In Memory of” recognition goes to two people who have demonstrated courage, inspiration and positivity during their battle with breast cancer. This year’s Findlay Race will be “In Celebration of,” Diane Verhoff, and “In Memory of,” Feliciana Frias.
Diane Verhoff has show dedication to Komen Northwest Ohio and breast cancer awareness for the past seven years. This has inspired her peers around her, but especially her four daughters. Diane was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2004. At this time she was working as a full-time dental hygienist, but breast cancer did not stop her from living out her life. She continued to work and always kept an optimistic perspective on the disease. Along with the Race, she also volunteers with the Putnam County Special Olympics and helps in any way that she can. Diane continues to pass the knowledge she has learned over the years to her grandchildren, who have been participating in the Race for the Cure with her as well.
Feliciana Frias showed that even during her battle with breast cancer it is possible to live out your life and make the most of every situation. While she was in and out of the hospital during her treatments, she took the time to teach the nurses how to speak Spanish. Feliciana also visited migrant camps to teach the workers there how to speak English. Even with only one breast, following a mastectomy, she still tried to keep a positive attitude. She was diagnosed during a time when technological advancements had not yet been made, therefore the majority of her treatments were experimental. Feliciana passed away at the age of 43 in 1975, but her memory lives on with her five children, loving husband and friends.
Diane and Feliciana’s family will be recognized at the beginning of the 3rd Annual Findlay Race for the Cure on Saturday, September 26th at Blanchard Valley Hospital campus.