Team Semper Pink

Liz and her family at the 2011 Race.

Amid the more than 1,000 teams at this year’s Race for the Cure, one team of 12 stood strong. Team “Semper Pink,” formed by Liz Flurry, was comprised of an active duty Marine, a woman who served in the Navy, three Marine wives, one Army wife, one Navy wife, a man that is on active duty in the Navy and several other family members. Liz’s parents, who flew in from Texas to take part in the event, were honorary members of the team.

Liz started the team because she wanted to do something to show honor and support to her mom, who has survived breast cancer and thyroid cancer.

Members of the team show off their special team shirts.

“She has been inspirational to me during her journey.  She was first diagnosed with breast cancer while my husband was deployed to Iraq 2 1/2 years ago,” Liz said. “I thought about my husband fighting for our country and my mom fighting for her life. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation is helping women everywhere who are suffering from this terrible disease as well as researchers who are searching for a cure for breast cancer.  That is how I came up with our team motto: ‘Fighting for our Country and a Cure!’”

Members of team Semper Pink.

While many of the team members have gone through personal sacrifice as their loved ones were deployed, Liz said coming together to help others is just what they do.

“We all go through struggles in life and know that lending a helping hand is what makes it easier to get through.”

To donate to team Semper Pink, please visit their team page here.