Burholme girl makes her own impact on Race for the Cure

Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence: Isa­bella Figueroa, 5, was se­lec­ted to serve as the Kids for the Cure am­bas­sad­or.

Amelia Figueroa has par­ti­cip­ated in the Susan G. Ko­men Phil­adelphia Race for the Cure since be­com­ing a pa­tient care tech­ni­cian at Can­cer Treat­ment Cen­ters of Amer­ica three years ago.

CTCA, at 1331 E. Wyom­ing Ave., is a health­care spon­sor of the Ko­men event and re­cruits em­ploy­ees like Figueroa to take part on race day.

“My job is help­ing pa­tients nav­ig­ate through their treat­ment and also make sure they get all the phys­ic­al and emo­tion­al sup­port they can,” she said. “Par­ti­cip­at­ing in the Race for the Cure is an in­cred­ible op­por­tun­ity for me to do that even more by sup­port­ing Ko­men’s fight against breast can­cer.”

This year’s event, sched­uled for Sunday, is ex­tra spe­cial for Figueroa, a Burholme res­id­ent, since Ko­men se­lec­ted her 5-year-old daugh­ter, Isa­bella, to serve as the Kids for the Cure am­bas­sad­or.

Isa­bella is en­cour­aging chil­dren ages 3 to 12 to take part in the United­Health­care Dash to Make a Dif­fer­ence. Last year, she donned a pink tutu for the dash.

“Breast can­cer is just get­ting big­ger and big­ger, and it af­fects every­one of all ages and genders. I want Isa­bella to grow up aware for her own health — and hav­ing a pos­it­ive out­look,” said her moth­er, whose cous­in and two aunts are breast can­cer sur­viv­ors. “Through the kids’ dash, she can feel em­powered to do her part and ex­per­i­ence the sup­port of an en­tire com­munity look­ing out for her fu­ture.”

The 23rd an­nu­al Race for the Cure will take place on Moth­er’s Day on Eakins Oval and the peri­met­er of the Phil­adelphia Mu­seum of Art.

The open­ing ce­re­mon­ies are at 7 a.m. The 5K run and walk and 1-mile fun walk will go from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m., fol­lowed by the kids’ dash.

The event usu­ally at­tracts about 125,000 people.

The high­light of the day is when an es­tim­ated 6,000 breast can­cer sur­viv­ors walk down the art mu­seum steps.

Or­gan­izers hope to raise $2.3 mil­lion.

Ko­men, the largest private fun­der of the fight against breast can­cer, dir­ects the money to mam­mo­grams and breast can­cer re­search and early-de­tec­tion ef­forts.

Can­cer Treat­ment Cen­ters of Amer­ic­an has been ex­tens­ively in­volved over the last four years, rais­ing money, provid­ing race-day vo­lun­teers and of­fer­ing year-round breast can­cer pro­grams.

To re­gister or for more in­form­a­tion, call 215-238-8900 or vis­it www.race.ko­men­phil­adelphia.org ••

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