On Saturday, May 11, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, will hold its 15th Anniversary Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure at Bergfeld park. The Komen Race Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer with more than 7,000 people participating. Seventy-five percent of the proceeds will stay in our local community, funding grants to our local health organizations for free mammograms, diagnostic testing, educational outreach, and financial assistance for women. Volunteers Brenda McBride and Cindy Nick are serving as co-chairs for this annual race.
“My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer the one year that she did not receive a mammogram,” Mrs. McBride said. “When I lost my mother to breast cancer, I had a decision to make. I could get lost in grief or I could find meaning from that loss.” At that point, Mrs. McBride decided to start volunteering for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Outside of her volunteerism to the Tyler Race for the Cure, Mrs. McBride is the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tyler Affiliate committee member and American Cancer Society board member. She is also a member for Relay for Life, Cancer Awareness Relief Effort, Turn Tyler Pink Committee, and the National Association of Social Workers.
Born in Iowa, Mrs. McBride has resided in Tyler, Texas for 17 years. She and her husband, Michael, have been married for 15 years and are the parents of Noah, 5, and Jackson, 2. Mrs. McBride is a graduate of Commerce High School in Commerce, Texas, and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. The McBrides are members of St. John Lutheran Church.
In addition to her involvement with the Tyler Race for the Cure, Mrs. Nick is the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tyler Affiliate member of the advisory board and has served as volunteer management. She is also the president of the Apache Belle Gold for Tyler Junior College Alumni Association and the National Junior Honor Society Adviser for Hubbard Middle School.
Mrs. Nick was born in Tyler, Texas, and has resided in Tyler for 54 years. She and her husband, Terry, have been married 32 years and are the parents of two adult children and two grandchildren. Mrs. Nick is a graduate of John Tyler High School, and earned her associate’s degree from Tyler Junior College, and received her bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. The Nicks are members of New Life Worship Center.
“We all have a responsibility to leave the world better than we found it; it is our legacy,” Mrs. Nick said. “If you are passionate about something, and you believe in it, you can make a difference.”
For more information about the 15th Anniversary Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure, please visit www.komentyler.org.