This is our 7th year to participate in the Komen Houston Race for the Cure®. We have also participated in Austin and Dallas.
How many team members do you anticipate you will have? 35-50 people
Why is the walk or support Komen Houston important to you? My mother, Beverly Acock, was a 10 year breast cancer survivor. My mother, sister, and I did our first Race for the Cure® in Dallas together. We all ran, and it was such a special memory finishing together. It inspired us to do the same in Austin and Houston. Seeing so many survivors and supporters coming together is just incredible and inspiring. In 2006, a lifelong friend started our team, Bev's Babes & Beaus, in Houston. My mother looked forward to growing our team, fundraising, and crossing the finish line each year! Today, my sister, brother, and I do the same in her memory and to carry on her awesome legacy.
Do you run/walk in support of someone? We walk/run in memory of our mother, Beverly Acock. At age 47, our mom was diagnosed with breast cancer while I was in college. She was a single mom, working 3 jobs, and lived in a 2 bedroom condo with my teenage sister and younger brother. She had surgery and completed her treatments in stride. She lived by her faith and overcame that and so many obstacles in the coming years. Fortunately, her breast cancer never returned. Shortly after her 10 year anniversary of being cancer free, she was diagnosed with colon cancer in a routine colonoscopy. It was during that surgery that they discovered it had already spread to her liver. She was given a 5% chance of living and fought it with everything she had. Always a smile on her face, she worked with her oncologist and an aggressive nutritionist to complete all of her treatments and defy the odds. Her favorite word was HOPE. She never talked about anything other than a positive outcome. Her faith, strength, and perseverance inspired us all. She even ran across the finish line in October 2007 when she was still receiving chemotherapy. It was incredible!! She loved this event and the people it supported! Six months following her diagnosis, she was proclaimed a "walking miracle" and cancer free. We had the ultimate celebration at Christmas that year! However, nothing could have prepared us for two short months later in February 2008 when a cold quickly turned to pneumonia. She didn't even make it 24 hours in the hospital.
My mother was my best friend and an incredible example of a true survivor. Cancer did not define her. Instead, she used her life experiences to give back to our community through Komen Houston, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Houston Rodeo School Art Committee, volunteering at Texas Children's Hospital, and numerous other organizations. I take comfort in knowing that she is cancer free and celebrating with our Lord in Heaven on race day.
Does your team host special kick-off activities or fundraising events? We start promoting 2 months in advance to our family and friends.
What does Race morning look like for your team? We all meet downtown to say hello and take a team picture. The runners take off and the walkers follow, sticking together as much as we can. After the race, we meet near the finish line and head for a breakfast celebration. The race is so near and dear to our hearts, my brother-in-law proposed to my sister there in 2008!
Any special people that should be recognized on your team? My sister, Laine Santamaria and my brother, Tyler Scott. I know our mom must be bursting with pride as she watches over them and all they've accomplished. Her dreams for them came true and they are living out her legacy each day. Emily Mir, my dear friend from high school who started our team in 2006 and will be participating again this year.
Last year, we also had Mother/Daughter survivors on our team, Amalia Singler (Mother) and Sandra Carrasco (Daughter). Sandra has joined our team again this year and we will certainly be celebrating her and 6 years of being cancer free on race day! We only wish her Mother could be here again too!
From left to right: 1. Our mother, Beverly Acock, in the Race in 2007 2. Our team in 2007 (mom's last Race) 3. My sister's engagement on Race Day in 2008.
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