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October 15, 2014 Cheryl Smith Awareness and Prevention, Breast Cancer

Have you signed up? Race for the Cure, Oct 18th!

cure 2The Knoxville Susan G Komen Race for the Cure is scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2014. The 5k run/walk is celebrating 18 years and is one of the Knoxville affiliates largest fundraiser, with 75% of all the proceeds staying here in our community. The Knoxville affiliate serves 16 counties in Tennessee, including Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cock, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Road, Sevier, Scott and Union, providing education, screening and treatment support for those diagnosed with breast cancer. This affiliate plays an important role in our community and needs our support!

Survivor Spotlight – Liza Graves- 18 year survivor, former Lady Vols basketball player, avid runner, true friend

Liza Graves understands the fear of diagnosis and treatments. She was diagnosed in October 1996 at the age of 39. The diagnosis led to a bilateral mastectomy, five to six months of chemotherapy and reconstructive surgery.   As a friend, I’ve watched her offer love, support, and an ear to anyone that she feels needs to hear her story. What a comfort to relate to someone who has been in your shoes, walked your same path and has an amazing spirit.

In her recent interview with the Knoxville News Sentinel, recognizing breast cancer awareness month, Liza explained that her cancer diagnosis helped her prioritize and make better choices. She lives her life with a different perspective as a result of her diagnosis. Things that might have been a burden before she now embraces with open arms, for example milestone birthdays.

Look for her on October 18th at the Race for the Cure in downtown Knoxville. She’ll be leading the pack of survivors, cheering on her “teammates”, fellow cancer fighters and survivors, and mingling with the crowd before and after the race. You’ll feel her spirit and be inspired—we promise!

Join us on Saturday, October 18th at the World’s Fair Park. Registration starts at 6:30am and the 5k starts at 8:30am. For more information go to

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