Power of Pink Relay in North Carolina this weekend
Oct 28, 2011
Breast cancer survivor Jennifer Bodnar will be racing at the fifth annual Power of Pink Relay, which is a 20-mile women-only relay race to raise money for breast cancer screenings in Asheville, North Carolina, according to The Asheville Citizen-Times.
Bodner was 36 years old when she was diagnosed with the disease, and she should have been more prepared for the diagnosis as her mother and sister both suffered from it, according to the media outlet.
"It was really shocking when I found out I had breast cancer, even with the family history, because I'm so healthy and I run," Bodner told the news source. "But that doesn't matter. What's important is early detection. I was really fortunate to catch it early. This race is really important to me because it raises money for people who can't afford mammograms."
The event last year raised nearly $20,000, which allowed 200 women to receive breast cancer screenings. The goal this year is to raise $25,000.
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, it is recommended that once a woman turns 40 she schedule annual mammograms. If the woman has an extensive family history of the disease, they may want to get checked out a earlier, as it may increase the risk of developing the breast cancer.