Color Rush

Color Rush

Are you in it to win it?

The Gift of Life needs YOU to form a team that’s willing to go the distance in the fight against cancer at the sixth annual Gift of Life Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run Color Rush, presented by The Byrd Law Firm on Saturday, Oct. 1 in downtown Beaumont, beginning at 8 a.m.

WHO

 This joyous event is a vivid sea of costumes, colors and – most importantly – camaraderie as nearly 6,000 Southeast Texans unite to honor the strength, courage and spirit of cancer survivors.Leading this whimsical promenade of courage and color is breast cancer survivor Sherry Paschal and best friend, Christy Simon, who will serve as returning event co-chairs to bring attention to breast, ovarian and other gynecological cancers. “Throughout all the hardships, I never lost my hope or inspiration because of my family and the amazing efforts of the Gift of Life,” Paschal said. “I am so thankful to be involved with this phenomenal organization and look forward to coming back for a second year to make this the most incredible Ribbon Run ever!”

WHAT

 The Ribbon Run feels like a party. In fact, it is a party with the entire community celebrating a special group of guests: local cancer survivors. In a sea of tutus, rainbow wigs and worn sneakers, hearts are warmed and resolve is strengthened. With laughter and levity, walkers and runners spread awareness, while being doused with brightly-hued splashes of color at designated stations along the route. Teams emerge from the course unified from the experience of having fun for a cause that truly matters.Following the walk, the Gift of Life will host a Celebration Ceremony, generously sponsored by Previty Clinic for Surgical Care, to honor all cancer fighters and survivors during their journey to health and healing.  Previty Clinic CEO and President Dr. Garrett Peel, MD, MHS, FACS and his wife, Mandie, are deeply devoted to sharing compassion and hope with those battling cancer at this poignant celebration of life and love.

WHEN & WHERE

 The time is now. You can start doing something right now to help the lives of local women in need. Form a team with your friends. Gather a group from the office. Start a social media campaign that will help your message go viral. Spread the message that you care about people battling cancer. By forming a team committed to raising money and awareness, you are showing others that you care that everyone has access to lifesaving early detection. You care that Southeast Texans know they are not walking this road alone. You care enough to get involved. Registration is open now for $25. Register today at event.giftoflifebmt.org or by calling (409) 833-3663.

WHY

Each year, thousands of Southeast Texans benefit from the Gift of Life’s breast and ovarian cancer programs, which provide regional education about the risks, signs and treatment of both diseases. For local women who lack access to healthcare, the Gift of Life provides free clinical breast exams and mammograms, as well as diagnostic testing and treatment for those diagnosed with cancer through its efforts.“The Gift of Life is proud to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors,” said Founder and Chair Regina Rogers. “We are extremely grateful to the many individuals and companies that support our efforts. Southeast Texans believe in caring for each other, and every aspect of our organization is about improving our region – one life at a time.” Funds raised during the Ribbon Run ensure that the Gift of Life can continue providing these critical services for years to come.

RUN THE RISK

A woman has a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime (National Cancer Institute).While only the 8th most common cancer among women, ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers (Ovarian Cancer National Alliance).Since inception, the Gift of Life has provided nearly 30,000 free clinical breast exams and mammograms for medically underserved women.The Gift of Life has extended the lives of more than 275 medically underserved Southeast Texans who have been diagnosed with breast or prostate cancer and navigated through treatment and healing.

HOW

Participants can register now for only $25. Registration includes fundraising tools, personal page to enlist support from friends and family, T-shirt, color packet, route details and medal. Packet pickup will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27 through Friday, Sept. 30 at the Beaumont Civic Center. Late registrants cannot be guaranteed a T-shirt. Prizes will be offered to top-earning individuals and teams. Exciting sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are available!

THE TALE OF TWO JULIES AND A JASON

The Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program was founded more than 20 years ago by Regina Rogers in honor of her loving mother and renowned philanthropist, Julie. The matriarch of the renowned Rogers family was a compassionate humanitarian who did all things with great love. Every aspect of the Gift of Life is infused with Julie’s commitment to show and give love, particularly to those in need. In 2011, the program suffered the loss of Julie Richardson Procter, a beloved board member, friend and local attorney, who bravely battled ovarian cancer. The 5K Ribbon Run Color Rush was established in her loving memory to spread increased understanding of this devastating disease with vague symptoms. Tragically the organization lost another treasured friend and program advocate, Georgie Volz, who died at 53, within eight months of Julie. With inspiration and hope, ovarian cancer survivors Lola Campbell-Wilbur, Norma Forey and Beverly Parker, courageously carry the Gift of Life torch to ignite awareness of the silent symptoms associated with the disease. This year, Jason Byrd, founder of The Byrd Law Firm and longtime Gift of Life supporter, has generously offered to continue the community tradition of love and survivorship. His invaluable support allows the Gift of Life to continue hosting a celebration for the region. “Gift of Life is an invaluable resource for Southeast Texas,” said Byrd. “I am honored to be a supporter of Gift of Life and help perpetuate a regional event that furthers their lifesaving local services.”

PUTTING ON THE PINK

The Gift of Life Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run Color Rush, presented by The Byrd Law Firm, kicks off the Gift of Life’s Putting on the Pink efforts throughout the month of October. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the organization will be hosting free mammogram screenings for medically underserved women, high school Pink Outs at area athletic events to heighten breast cancer awareness, educational outreach programs and a survivors’ bra art project: BRA-vo! Applause for the Cause, which will be on display throughout October at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. A BRA-vo! Auction will make these one-of-a-kind masterpieces available for purchase at a future date in month. Stay tuned to what the Gift of Life is doing all month long because you’ll be tickled pink by these fabulous activities!

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