Celebrating a Legacy that Lifts and Challenges
From Shelly Murnen Rice, President,Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio Board of Directors
Dear Fellow Breast Cancer Survivors,
Kelli Andres was a woman whose kindness and loveliness could light up a room, and whose generosity was not easily matched. We lost our dear friend to breast cancer this week, a disease we all know too well. Her legacy lives on in all of us who continue to fight.
Kelli beat bone cancer as a child and breast cancer in 2010. We ran the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Toledo in 2013 in celebration of her survivorship.
Kelli well knew the gift she had received by surviving cancer. As a result, she worked tirelessly to help uninsured and underinsured people in Northwest Ohio access the screenings, diagnostic services, treatment assistance, and other resources they need to fight breast cancer.
Her impact on the lives of so many in our community is humbling. Kelli led her team, Team Andres, in the Race for the Cure in Toledo for five years. In that time, Kelli’s team generated more than $38,000 in donations. Over the years Team Andres added another $7,500 by recruiting 294 people to participate in the Race for the Cure in Toledo.
Kelli did all of this with such grace and determination. Even while fighting cancer for the final time, she did all she could to raise dollars to fund research to find cures and give the most vulnerable in Northwest Ohio the help they desperately need.
As a fellow breast cancer survivor and president of the Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio Board of Directors, Kelli’s legacy challenges me to do more.
Between 6,000 and 10,000 people attend the Race for the Cure events in Toledo and Findlay but do not register. We would instantly raise $180,000 to $250,000 more if all our friends registered for the Race for the Cure.
Additionally, only nine percent of those who register fundraise. If everyone who participates donated just $20, we would have an additional $273,000.
I challenge you, my fellow survivors, to think about Kelli’s legacy. Think about the impact one person was able to have. Think about what we as a community of proud, fierce breast cancer survivors can do to save so many lives in this community. Think about what you will do.
Start today. Register for the Race for the Cure events in Findlay and Toledo.
Imagine a world without breast cancer.
Michele Murnen Rice
8-Year Breast Cancer Survivor
President, Board of Directors
Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio