This past weekend, the Susan G. Komen Denver affiliate held their annual Race for the Cure in Denver. Several members of the Buisinessolver Denver office, along with their families, participated in the event that works to help put an end to breast cancer. Vance and Sara Carrier brought their two children to the event to show them what it means to take steps toward living healthier lives. What they experienced left a larger and lasting impression on them:
“We signed up for the Race for the Cure event because we continue to strive to be healthier in a culture that does not make it easy. We both want to be healthier before there is a reason to change and we want to show our children how to live healthier.
Our family also likes to know that when we participate in something, there is a purpose/goal bigger than ourselves. Each 5K race we have attended has had a charity assigned to it. We did not fully understand the depth or impact the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has on families. As we walked, we pointed out to our kids the different teams and the reasons they were there. It occurred to both of us, about halfway through the race, that neither of us knew someone on a personal level that is currently, or previously, struck with this disease. We made multiple comments through the race of people’s teams, and the enthusiasm they had. Many people wore additional race bibs that stated who they were racing in honor of or who they were celebrating with. There were scores of people who dressed in playful outfits and teams that coordinated in vibrant uniforms.
We were personally touched as walkers came closer to the finish line. We saw people become more emotional thinking about who they had lost or their survivor journey. This event had more impact on us than any other 5K we’ve participated in. The mass of people who were there to show support along with the people like our family who, at first, did not fully grasp the scope of this day, was inspiring to witness. It was a party for some, healing for others, but for our family…it was eye-opening.”