Race for the Cure runs through Wichita Falls

This morning hundreds of people participated in the race for a cure at the MPEC. Nancy Dickinson and Melinda Qunitero have been friends for almost 30 years and about ten years ago they each received new that changed their lives

“Ten years ago when she lived in Oklahoma City and I lived in Vernon Texas, she was diagnosed June 26th,” Quintero said. “So, ten years ago in 2007. She called me, went up and spent time with her, helped her get through surgeries and stuff. Two months later I was diagnosed. I remember calling and telling her and said hey I got something to tell you. She said what. I said if I has known you were contagious I would have stayed away. I have been diagnosed with breast cancer as well.”

About two years after that they started to participate in the race for the cure. The race for a cure and other Susan G Komen events have had a big impact on many people’s lives.

“My dad is a survivor of breast cancer, which is very rare,” Daniel Trebilcock, who helps with Pink Gala a fundraiser that benefits breast cancer organizations. “One in four men are ever affected by breast cancer. He’s a survivor of 20 plus years then we lost my mother in law to breast cancer six years ago to breast cancer. Susan G Komen had such an impact on her life and her fight, that we just wanted to give back to the cause.”

Days like this can be a celebration for survivors of breast cancer, while for some it can be bitter sweet

“It’s just difficult watching the survivors and celebrating with them knowing that my mother didn’t,” Andrea Trebilcock said. “But knowing that is she had known that she could have gotten treated and gotten diagnosed a year earlier, she might have been here.”

It’s inspiring knowing that a town the size of Wichita Falls can have this kind of a turn out,” Daniel Trebilcock said.

I think there are so many special organizations that do such good things,” Qintero said. “For people to decide this is one of the ones they are going to support, it makes me very happy. It’s so serious. Things are getting better, but especially the Wichita Falls chapter to have this kind of support and this kind of turnout, it’s just great. Makes you feel good.”

Dickinson said the event seems to grow every year, hopefully that trend will continue


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