Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, will hold its Annual Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 7, at the TB Butler Square in downtown Tyler. The Race is the largest 5K and one-mile fun run/walk event in East Texas with more than 7,000 people participating. With 75 percent of the Race proceeds staying in East Texas, the funds provide grants to local health organizations for free mammograms, diagnostic testing, educational outreach, and financial assistance for women. Through local support and events like the Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure, the Tyler affiliate has invested more than $2 million over the last 18 years in community breast health programs in Smith County.
Angie Brown and Kallie Foshee are serving as the co-chairs of this year’s Race. Ms. Brown has served on the Race committee for five years.
“For me, volunteering means taking your time and investing it into someone or something that is important to you and to others,” Ms. Brown said. “The spirit of a volunteer is driven by his or her heart and not a paycheck.”
Ms. Brown was born in Tyler, and has resided in our community for 38 years. She is a graduate of Lindale High School in Lindale, Texas. She attended Tyler Junior College and has recently been accepted into the TJC dental hygiene program. She is the mother of Clay, 12, and Clorie, 9. Ms. Brown is also a member the Parent Teacher Organization and a member of Colonial Hills Baptist Church.
Born in Tyler, Kallie Foshee is a life-long resident of the Tyler community. She and her husband, Destry, have been married for four years and are the parents of six-month-old Beau Foshee. Mrs. Foshee is a student at the University of Texas at Tyler. The Foshees attend Central Baptist Church in Lindale, Texas.
“I love being a part of the Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure, and I’ve enjoyed building friendships with others who share my passion for volunteering,” Mrs. Foshee said. “I believe that author Mitch Albom said it best when he said, ‘Devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives purpose and meaning.’”
Serving with the Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure allows Ms. Brown and Mrs. Foshee to be part of a worthwhile cause that directly affects the cancer patients in Smith County.
“It means a lot to us to help raise money for breast cancer awareness,” Mrs. Foshee said. “It is important that people know that most of the money raised through the Race stays here in our community, benefiting our friends, neighbors, and loved ones affected by breast cancer.”
Ms. Brown agreed, “The people of this community are dear to my heart and I love helping anyway I can serve.”
For more information about the Annual Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure, please visit www.komentyler.org.