Copperheads Race for the Cure
By Lt. Matthew Murphy, 161st Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published November 16, 2009
Phoenix Sky Harbor Air National Guard Base -- Community support is always at the forefront of Arizona's Air National Guardsmen, but when it comes to rallying around one of their own, they just don't walk, but run to provide support. On October 11, 2009, members of the 161st Air Refueling Wing (Copperheads), Phoenix, Arizona joined survivor and fellow guardsman Master Sgt. Brenda Smith in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
"Race for the Cure, run, walk or sleep-in, so that someday, every victim of this disease can be assured that the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer is not a life ending prognosis," said Master Sgt. Smith about her participation in the event. She rallied her fellow Copperheads and encouraged them to help change the statistics from "one in every eight to none in every eight" women who are diagnosed with the disease.
While over 130 members of the 161st ARW ran or participated on the day of the race, there were many more back at the base who participated with fundraising and other activities to assist with the cause.
Vice Wing Commander Col. Pamela Jackson said, "The 161st Air Refueling Wing is comprised of a compassionate team of citizen airmen who are committed to making a difference in their communities through selfless service to their country and by supporting numerous charities. Everyone has been touched in some way by this dreaded disease so we wanted to do our part to contribute to the cure."
Describing the unit's efforts prior to race day, Colonel Jackson added, "We raised $3000.00 which will help fund the search for the cure. The 161 ARW Copperhead's Team ROCKS!"
The signature event of the Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the Phoenix Race for the Cure helps raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.