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20 Faces of Komen Columbus: Week One

Since this May 19, 2012 will be the 20th Annual Komen Columbus Race for the Cure, for the next 20 weeks we’re going to spotlight 20 individuals who have participated in the Race throughout the years. They come from all walks of life and may be survivors, volunteers, grantees, sponsors or advocates, but they’re all committed to the fight against breast cancer.

Week One: The One with Perfect Attendance

Andrea helping to kick off the 2011 Race.

Andrea Cambern has touched millions of people throughout Central Ohio during her tenure as broadcaster for WBNS-10TV, but she continues to be moved by the thousands of people she sees every year at the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure. For 20 years the Race has occurred in Columbus, bringing together survivors, supporters, volunteers, advocates and…Andrea Cambern.

Participating in the Race year after year has become a tradition for Andrea, who has a personal connection to breast cancer as her grandmother battled the disease. The Race has certainly evolved throughout the years, but Andrea still remembers the first event in 1993.

“Looking back on year one, I remember gathering at the statehouse for the start, and it started to rain so we moved inside to the Rotunda… imagine being able to fit all of the participants into the statehouse!!!!  We were small in numbers but large in the commitment to the cause, even way back then!!!”

Andrea is looking forward to seeing the number of survivors grow this year, and has been overwhelmed every year by the number of participants that have been touched and show up to fight.

Andrea at the 2009 Race.

“It is the most amazing example of the heart, soul and compassion of this community.  Each year I am more convinced than ever that we are going to find a cure.”

Throughout the years, one Race that stands out above all others for Andrea was in 2009.

“It was the first race since the passing of our good friend Heather Pick; her absence left a huge hole in everyone’s heart. And then Stefanie Spielman arrived.  She was in a wheelchair, being pushed by her daughter. I knew in my heart that it would be her last race with us. I was overcome with emotion, but more determined than ever to continue the fight.”

We are so grateful to have the support of Andrea for all 20 of our Race for the Cures, and look forward to seeing her at this year’s Race. Join Andrea on May 19 and REGISTER TODAY!

3 Responses

  1. Excellent choice for the first of 20! Andrea is an amazing person with a heart of gold that is commited… I love her for being such an inspiration.

  2. In 2008 I found out I had breast cancer 2 days before Christmas, and every year since then I have walked for the cure. My first time I had my picture taken with Andrea which I will always cherish.. The walk for the cure is just amazing and if you have never done you must at least do it once in your life because Im sure you will do it year after year. See everyone in May 2012

  3. Andrea is a wonderful choice for the spotlight. I fondly remember one year when the Race For The Cure occured during a heavy rain. Another survivor and I were in a tent protected from the rain. In comes Andrea, soaked to the core, but cheerful and outgoing as ever. She asked us how we kept our hair looking good in the rain!
    I’m so glad that Komen Columbus has Andrea as a member of our team!

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