Army Research Office "Races for the Cure" for one of their own

June 01, 2017

By Jenna Brady, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • A 23-member team from ARL's Army Research Office recently participated in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – Triangle to the Coast in support of one of their own who has triumphed over an aggressive form of breast cancer.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (May 6, 2017) -- On a cool, overcast Saturday morning, a large group of staff from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Army Research Office, joined again by many dedicated family members, gathered outside ARO's offices, The Frontier, to participate in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – Triangle to the Coast.

The event was held at Research Triangle Park for the second year in a row.

Most of the members of "Team ARO" met for a photo in advance of the recreational race, which was preceded by a formation flyover of World War II era fighter planes, timed precisely at the conclusion of the National Anthem.

The fighter planes went on to perform the powerful "missing man" formation to honor those lost to breast cancer.

The 23 members of the team walked or ran with colleague Nicole Fox, Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program coordinator at ARO, who served as captain for the team this year and celebrated her triumph over an aggressive form of the cancer by completing the race with her son.

"These last two years of battling breast cancer have been exhausting mentally and physically," Fox said. "However, it is days like this that my ARO family including colleagues, supervisors, contractors and leadership, surpassed every expectation and gave up their Saturday morning to attend Raleigh's Race for the Cure."

Fox noted that the support she receives from her coworkers extends well beyond time spent in the office, and for that, she is truly thankful.

"We support the Army warfighter every day with research and development, but this day we supported another R&D for a different warfighter," Fox said. "I am now cancer free, but I will continue to fight the fight for all those who have gone before me and those who are entering into their own battle. Many believe ARO is just a place to work, that it may be, but for me, it is a place where I can make a difference to those I work with and those that I support through my daily efforts."

Many walked not just in celebration with Fox and in solidarity with those fighting the disease, but also in memory of others lost, joining over 6,000 other participants, including hundreds of other survivors in special pink race shirts.

The course was 3.1 miles along the wide roads of RTP, and featured a guitar player/singer, a water station at the hallway point and a DJ providing music with a good beat to help keep people moving.

Team ARO contributed over $1,400 to the over $833,000 raised overall to support research to find a cure for a disease that strikes one in eight women in the U.S. during their lifetime.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, currently celebrating 25 years of excellence in Army science and technology, is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.


Last Update / Reviewed: June 1, 2017