In May 2002, Darlene Matthews participated in her first-ever Race for the Cure joined only by her daughter, Terina Matthews. This was only four months after Darlene finished her last round of chemotherapy treatments after being diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. Fast-forward to 2012 and Darlene is cancer free and leading a Race for the Cure team of more than 165 members! Darlene’s team, Beauty all Over, includes not only women, but men and children from all over Central Ohio. Team Beauty all Over is dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer in African American women. They do this in part by rocking pink afro wigs on race day. Darlene is a fierce supporter of Komen, advocating for breast cancer awareness whenever and wherever she can. In her own words, here’s why Darlene and Team Beauty all Over races.
“Team Beauty all Over races for one reason and that is to promote awareness. Personally, I didn’t know much about Komen or Race for the Cure until I was diagnosed, but as I was going through treatment and recovery, many of the programs that helped me remain positive and sane were the programs funded by Komen. Participating in Race for the Cure is my way of giving back to an organization that has given me so much. If it weren’t for Komen, I’m not quite sure where I would be.
“After getting involved in the community and conducting breast cancer awareness classes and seeing so many uninsured women receive their first mammogram, I know firsthand how important it is to support Komen. Team Beauty all Over is committed to raising the critical funds Komen needs to continue its work. This year, we have set a goal of 200 team members and a fundraising goal of $20,000. Raising this money will fund additional programs that will allow even more at-risk women to be educated and receive a mammogram. I am so committed to this cause because I know the money our team raises will actually impact our community.”
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