Honorary Chair Reflects on Five years of Racing

Five years ago Tammy Weis completed the Race for the Cure a day after her chemotherapy treatment. She was proud to be there then, even though her head was bald, and is even more excited to be attending this year’s 19th Annual Race for the Cure on May 14 as the Honorary Chair.

Tammy Weis, far right, with Komen Columbus Executive Director Katie Carter and Maria Durant from ABC 6/FOX 28.

“Just to be there is a blessing, but to be honorary chair is amazing,” Tammy said.

Tammy has formed a team of friends, family and co-workers for the past couple of years, and is looking forward to another year as team captain. “It’s a great way to encourage others to participate,” Tammy said. “I pick up all my team members’ shirts to save them a trip and build team spirit.”

Tammy's favorite part of the Race.

This year, like every year, Tammy will be looking forward to walking south on High Street toward the finish line. “All you can see ahead of you is a sea of pink and all the motorcycles are lined up and revving their engines. It really is something,” Tammy said.

Whether recruiting fellow team members or volunteering as part of her role on the Komen Columbus Affiliate Board of Directors. the Survivor Advisory Council or the education committee, Tammy challenges anyone to “come to the race and not be moved.”

“I think just the sheer size of our race reminds everyone – survivors, those who have lost loved ones, those in treatment – that we are not alone. Perhaps it’s hard to think of what one person can do to make a difference, but it’s really easy to see what we can do when one person stands with 50,000 others and you witness it first hand.”

Tammy, far left, with members of the Komen Columbus Board of Directors and founder Nancy G. Brinker.

For any survivors participating in their first Race for the Cure, Tammy recommends bringing Kleenex and a camera. “Just know that you will be moved, uplifted, supported and challenged in a really amazing way.”