Columbus Metropolitan Library supports the Race for the Cure

Guest post by: Debra Pack
Marketing, Columbus Metropolitan Library

Terry Sharkey wasn’t a runner until he experienced the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure.

Sharkey, an employee of Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), attended the race 10 years ago to watch a friend participate on her employer-sponsored team. He was so inspired by the huge crowd that came out to support the cause that he pledged to join the race the following year.

CML employees Kim Harris (left, wearing CML Wellness T-shirt) and Wanda Dixon, survivor, share a moment in the crowd during the 2008 Race.

In 2003 Sharkey decided to help CML staff members become part of the effort to find a cure for breast cancer. He organized the first CML team by simply getting the word out, encouraging people to join and coordinating the sign-up process.

Diane Guglielmi, CML’s Director of Human Resources, who made the race a part of her fitness commitment a number of years ago, ran in this year’s race. She is a strong health and fitness advocate and a driving force behind CML’s Wellness Committee. The committee, formed to promote staff health and wellness, adopted the race and has sponsored CML teams. In 2008 CML provided T-shirts. But for staff, the cause itself is reason enough to join the team.

Sharkey has volunteered for Komen Columbus and continues to participate in the race. He also continues to organize team registration for CML.

Terry Sharkey, CML employee and team organizer, shows off the pink shorts he pledged to wear when the team surpassed its goal.

“I feel strongly about the Komen organization, and the race is a really inspiring reason to get fit in the springtime. Frankly, it feels good to make it easier for CML staff to participate.”

And this year, Sharkey said he’d wear pink shorts if the team reached its goal. It did (in fact, surpassed it), so he donned pink shorts on race morning.

Next year, Columbus Metropolitan Library will continue its support and help Komen celebrate its 20th annual Race for the Cure.