Wow! Southeast Texas, you are amazing!
For the 4th Saturday morning in October, you made Downtown Beaumont the most pink and teal place on earth! More than 6,000 Southeast Texans gathered at the Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run Color Rush to celebrate life and raise awareness of breast, ovarian and other gynecological cancers.
Participants formed huge teams honoring cancer survivors, raised money for a great cause, donned crazy costumes, perused our Wellness Village, shared their cancer journey with others, enjoyed food and fun, won prizes, and, in general, had a great time! The beautiful celebration of survivorship was punctuated by a butterfly release which provided such an inspirational end to the day.
Also recognized at the event were the Angels Among Us, a group of women who have furthered the Gift of Life's mission of life-saving awareness and education. The honorees included Irene Aydelott, RN, Marty Craig, Charline Dauphin, Sandy Fertitta, Mary Jane Garth, Sallye Keith, Gwendolyn Lavalais, MD, Tanya Lee, Beverly Parker, PhD, Linda Penland, Cindy Stinson, PhD, APRN-BC, Anne Winslow, RN, MSN, FNP-C .
The 5K honored the loving memory of Julie Richardson Procter, a respected local attorney and devoted Gift of Life board member and volunteer who passed away after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. It was Procter’s wish that her illness would serve as a meaningful platform to educate women about the risks and symptoms of the disease.
All proceeds from the event benefited the Gift of Life’s breast and ovarian cancer initiatives, which impact thousands of Southeast Texans each year. Along the route, breast and ovarian cancer educational awareness messages were shared to underscore the mission of the event.
It takes a village to create such an incredible event. The Gift of Life extends its gratitude to our title sponsors: Casa Olé, H-E-B and Jason’s Deli; and the Wellness Village presenters, Lamar University healthcare education departments, Mary Kay Representatives, Walgreen’s, Jefferson County Medical Society, Gulf Coast Health Center, Inc., WellCare and Previty Vein Clinic.