18 Years and Counting: ‘A Sole Team for Vickie’ Treads Many Miles for the Cure

Phil with Vickie (left). Phil donated to Locks for Love at the 2009 Triangle Race.








2019 marks our 23rd annual Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure. Many of our supporters and teams have been with us since our early years, including our overall top fundraising team, A Sole Team for Vickie.

“Our goal is to use A Sole Team for Vickie to fulfill our commitment to Vickie, to inspire and support others, and to be a competitive and consistent fundraiser. Our strategy is to make the biggest impact possible with the resources available to us. We will never be the largest team by team member count but we will always make an impact!” shared Vickie’s husband, Dennis Grabowski.

When asked the team’s captain, Phil Byrd, what motivates him to stay involved, he said, “It’s simple. I made a commitment to my sister Vickie to keep A Sole Team for Vickie alive until a cure for breast cancer is found.”

Besides their incredible fundraising, Dennis and Phil’s team is also known for their Corn Hole for Cancer activity on Race day. Join in this fun and throw some bags at this year’s Race.







Here’s more from Team Captain Phil Byrd on his 18 year experience with Susan G. Komen NCTC and our annual Triangle Race for the Cure.

How did you first become involved with Komen?

My sister Vickie was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2002.  That year, we formed A Sole Team for Vickie (ASTFV) and entered in the Triangle Race for The Cure to support Vickie in her battle against breast cancer.

Komen NCTC, it is our mission to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. What does Komen’s mission mean to you?

Raising money and committing time to support those who are battling Breast Cancer while at the same time supporting efforts to find a cure for Breast Cancer.

What was your first impression of the Race?

Our first Komen Race in 2002 was incredible!  Thousands of people who were there going the same thing and there for the same reason.  We were all there supporting each other.

What has surprised you most about being involved with the Race?

Seeing other teams like ASTFV and individuals who are still supporting the mission of Susan G. Komen year after year.

What do you wish other people knew about Komen?

People need to understand the reason for Komen being here is personal and Komen’s mission isn’t just words in a sentence, but a commitment and belief that a world without breast cancer is actually possible.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I do not make commitments lightly, but when I do I follow through. (So true!)

What would you tell someone who is thinking about donating?

A portion of your donation will be used to both support someone who is currently battling breast cancer and a portion will be used to support research to find a cure for breast cancer.

What do you hope the organization will achieve in the future?

In the short term, I would like to see Susan G. Komen increase participation as well as fundraising.  In the long term, finding a cure for breast cancer.

What is your favorite quote, motto, or slogan?

Reputation is what others people think of you. Character is who you are when no one else is around.

At Komen NCTC, we are continually inspired by A Sole Team for Vickie’s support, passion, and commitment to seeing an end to this terrible disease. We are so honored to have them as part of our team here at Komen NCTC.

Feeling inspired too?! There is still time to join us at the 2019 #KomenTri Race for the Cure on May 4th at the Frontier in RTP. Click here to learn more, register or donate today.