Getting in on the Race for the Cure
June 10, 2008 · Updated 5:36 PM
"KINGSTON-About 30 people gathered on the ferry dock at sunrise Sunday morning to wage war on breast cancer. They joined runners and walkers from Kingston and the Puget Sound area at Safeco Field to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure. The Kingston faction, about 170 registered participants, raised the fifth largest amount of donations out of 200 teams. The event as a whole was host to 20,000 participants and raised about $1 million for breast cancer research. It was great, said Kathleen Sutton, Kingston Chamber of Commerce president. While there, Sutton joined another team donning a pink hat signifying her successful battle against breast cancer. She sat in the seventh row of a group picture and stood up and looked behind her. I saw all of the pink hats and shirts and that was pretty overwhelming, she said. There were about twice as many people as last year, Sutton said. This is the second year that the group has participated in the Race for the Cure. They plan to do the race again next year, according to Sutton. The Komen Race for the Cure originated in Dallas in 1983, and has grown from one local race with 800 participants to 109 races held nationwide with nearly one million participants expected in 2000. Proceeds from the event go toward education and raising awareness about breast cancer, research, screening and treatment. It is estimated that in 1999, 175,000 women were diagnosed with the disease and about 43,000 people will die from the disease. Sutton offers her thanks to all those who joined the battle with breast cancer including all who donated money and time to participate in the race. The Kingston team was sponsored in part by John L. Scott and Bill Parnell. Clipper Navigation, Inc. provided a charter ferry for the event. "