Mature Living Special Section: Blaine resident walking to fight cancer

Published on Wed, Jul 27, 2011
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Blaine resident Cathi Rogers is walking for a cause.

On September 16, Rogers will join thousands of other women and men in Seattle as she participates in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure fundraiser.

Most involved in the event have been affected by breast cancer – they’re survivors, have friends or family with cancer or have lost loved ones to the disease.

Everyone has a personal story, and Rogers is no exception. Thirteen years ago, she entered an addiction treatment program. Only two weeks into recovery, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

In the past, her tendency would have been to run away and hide in her addiction.

But with the support of many friends, Rogers chose life. She’s still choosing life – and she’s been clean and sober since – as she walks the 60-mile course “to support friends and do something bold about breast cancer.”

When Rogers registered for the event, a good friend had just been diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer. Shortly after, a young friend found out she had Stage III double breast cancer, and recently, her sister-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer.
“I am walking in support of those who are still fighting this ugly disease,” Rogers said. “And I am walking for my friend Jan who lost her battle after only two months.” Jan promised to be at the end of the race to cheer her on, but it will be “her spirit that will lift and carry me.”

Rogers is part of the Safe at Second Base team and will be walking with Betsy Sandell of Blaine and Carol Hoel of Seattle. At 64, Rogers has never walked more than seven miles before, let alone 60 miles, but she’s encouraging others to join in.
“If I can do it, maybe others will too,” she said.

Rogers is seeking donations to meet her goal of $2,300. Donations can be made online at www.The3Day.org (click on Donate, select Cathi Rogers) or by calling 800/996-3DAY.

Net proceeds from the event are invested in community-based breast health programs and breast cancer research. The research focuses on decreasing breast cancer incidence and mortality.

“Without a cure, one person will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the U.S.,” Rogers said. “I hope others will share this incredible adventure with me by supporting my fundraising efforts.”

Because of events such as this, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has invested more than $1.9 billion in breast cancer research. It is the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.