2014 Survivor Awards Recipients Honored During Komen Triangle Race for the Cure®

2014 Survivor Awards Recipients Honored During Komen Triangle Race for the Cure®

(Raleigh, NC) -Three survivor awards will be presented during the 18th annual Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure® on June 14.  A breast cancer survivor, caregiver and local business owner will be honored during the Survivor Tribute at 10:30 a.m. at Meredith College in Raleigh.

“The Survivor Awards recognize individuals who are an inspiration to everyone touched by breast cancer,” says Kathy Burns, 2014 Komen Triangle Race chairwoman. “One of the best things we do on Race day is pay tribute to those who survive cancer and the ones who helped them along their journey.”

The 2014 Survivor Awards recipients are:

Ashley Riggs, Meredith College assistant soccer coach from Durham will be given the New Balance Survivor Award. Riggs was nominated by the Meredith College soccer team. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2013 and says the support of the community, family and friends has been critical to her fight and recovery. She’s participated in the Triangle Race for the Cure for six years working at the water stop at Brooks Avenue. This year, she will receive a complete New Balance outfit to wear on Race day while being recognized for her breast cancer journey.

Darlene Gardner, owner of The Lovely Lady wig shops in Cary and Smithfield, will receive the Jane Mosley Keep Up the Fight Award. Gardner is being honored because of the significant contribution she’s made to women with breast cancer. For 30 years she’s owned a store that sells wigs, caps, gifts and other items for those living with cancer. She’s helped thousands of women during their cancer journeys, including the wife of her nominator Mark Robinson. Mark lost his wife Diane to breast cancer in 1999. He says Gardner was a confidante, friend and compassionate assistant during Diane’s cancer journey. He and his daughter have maintained a friendship with Gardner as she continues to support those coping with the disease and working to find a cure.

Scott Howe, a resident of Sneads Ferry, NC, will receive the Co-Survivor Award because of the support and care he showed his wife Vicki after her breast cancer diagnosis. Surviving breast cancer is often a team effort and co-survivors play an important role. Howe cared for the couple’s newborn baby when Vicki was diagnosed just six weeks after giving birth to their daughter. Howe accompanied his wife to every doctor’s appointment and chemotherapy treatment. Vicki says her husband, who served his country as a Marine, faced the toughest battles at home. While the co-survivor award won’t add a medal or ribbon to his military uniform, it does signify the bravery and heroism he demonstrated during his family’s most challenging times.

About Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast

The Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate serves 29 counties in central and eastern North Carolina; holding two annual Race for the Cure events in Raleigh (June 14, 2014) and Wilmington (March 7, 2015). Since its first Race in 1997, nearly $15 million has been raised and used locally for breast cancer research, education, advocacy, health services and social programs.
Twenty five percent of net funds raised last year ($281,000) helped fund cutting-edge national breast cancer research to develop treatments and find a cure.  Last year in the Triangle, $3.6 million in Komen national breast cancer research grants were given to Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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