ORU to Host the Komen Race for the Cure

ORU has over 120 racers to run in the Race to help the cause against breast cancer

By David Brown

Oral Roberts University (ORU) will be hosting the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" on the campus Saturday, September 25, 2010, to raise awareness and funding of breast cancer for screening and education. ORU is a platinum sponsor for the event and has a team of over 120 racers and walkers.

For over 25 years the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" has been making a difference in the lives of women suffering from breast cancer. Hosting 5k runs and walks all over the world, the Komen Race for the Cure raises large amounts of funding that is devoted to breast cancer research, awareness, and many other projects that are dedicated to helping increase the survival rate of women with breast cancer.

The opening ceremonies for the 5k race will begin at 7:15 a.m. while the race itself will start at 7:45 a.m. The one mile Fun Run will start at 10:00 a.m. The activities and starting lines for both races will take place for between the Mabee Center and CityPlex Towers.

Participants run in the race for many reasons. Perhaps they have a loved one suffering from breast cancer, or they have survived breast cancer in the past. Many run because they know that their efforts and any funding that is raised during the process, goes to a good cause and to an excellent organization that helps pave the way to a cure for breast cancer.

ORU senior Elizabeth Redemann is running in the Race for the Cure because she wants breast cancer to come to an end. She ran in the Race for the Cure in high school and is now running again during her senior year at ORU. Redemann likes the fact that 75% of the revenue generated by the race will stay in Tulsa, OK to further education and give screenings and treatments to people who cannot afford it.

"I believe Race for the Cure is an important cause because so many women are affected by it. Breast cancer is the second highest death among women. It is very important we find a cure," said Redemann, who has been telling her friends and family to sign up to run for this year so that they can help make a difference as well. "I really want people to have a better understanding about breast cancer education."

ORU's very own Dr. Dominic Halsmer, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, will be the team captain for the ORU Race for the Cure team. Not only has Halsmer been a participant in the Race for the Cure for several years, he has been racing in Tulsa for the last eighteen years.

Halsmer has been a member of the Fleet Feet Racing Team for the last 5 years. He even holds a running club at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for any students, staff, or faculty that want to join. "I like to help people discover the joy of running," says Halsmer. "Our bodies are amazingly well-engineered and we take them for granted. We use and abuse them every day so we should do our best to keep them in good condition. Race for the Cure provides incentive to do this, but also to contribute to a great cause."