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OCO Breast Health Program Participates In Race For The Cure

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego County Opportunities’ Breast Health Program joined more than 10,000 runners, walkers and survivors at the New York State Fairgrounds for one of Central New York’s largest fundraisers, the 17th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, held May 14 at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

Carolyn Handville and her team show their support for a cure for breast cancer at the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. In the back row from left are: Diane Blasczienski, Sheila Crandall, Allen Wert, Danielle Wert and Alicia Handville holding baby Marley. In the middle row from left are: Stephanie Guido, Jody Guido, Julia Smith, Sharon Margensey, Katie Batchelor, Ellen Holst and Heather Buckley. Front row from left are: Carolyn Handville holding baby Chase, Isaiah Williams, and Cheyanne Huller. Absent from the photo are team members, Kelly Baldwin, Jennifer Truax, Muriel Clark, Corte Spencer, Tricia Clark, Jane Peter, and Rick Smith.
Carolyn Handville and her team show their support for a cure for breast cancer at the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. In the back row from left are: Diane Blasczienski, Sheila Crandall, Allen Wert, Danielle Wert and Alicia Handville holding baby Marley. In the middle row from left are: Stephanie Guido, Jody Guido, Julia Smith, Sharon Margensey, Katie Batchelor, Ellen Holst and Heather Buckley. Front row from left are: Carolyn Handville holding baby Chase, Isaiah Williams, and Cheyanne Huller. Absent from the photo are team members, Kelly Baldwin, Jennifer Truax, Muriel Clark, Corte Spencer, Tricia Clark, Jane Peter, and Rick Smith.

According to organizers for the Komen race, this year’s attendance and donations surpassed $800,000, which is more than last year.

As the program director for OCO’s Breast Health Program, Carolyn Handville knows all too well just how important this event is for her community.

Up to 75 percent of net proceeds from this event are used for local programs and 25 percent is used to fund breast cancer research.

“OCO is a grant recipient of the Susan G. Komen CNY Foundation. The funds we receive from Komen enable us to screen more community members each year for breast cancer,” she said.

“Cancer touches so many lives. This particular event is so inspiring for me and motivates me to continue our efforts in Oswego County, educating men and women in our community on the importance of annual cancer screenings. We will screen more than 700 community members this year alone for breast cancer and provide breast health education to over 2,000 community members. I look forward to seeing that number increase next year by inspiring people to take charge of their health and receive the cancer screenings they need on a regular basis,” Handville added.

The race may be over, but people can still send in donations until June 15.

Visit the Komen website to donate to the OCO Breast Health Program team at www.race-komencny.org, or call Handville at 315-342-0888 ext.1455 for more details.