ARL/ARO "Races for the Cure" and in Honor of Colleague

July 02, 2015

Raleigh, N.C. – Early on Saturday, June 13, 2015, a group of staff from ARL/ARO and the Army Contracting Command – Research Triangle Park Division, joined by some dedicated family and friends, gathered at Meredith College to participate in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

It was a steamy southern morning, the sun already heating things up by 0800 hours, but the group was not deterred. With a band playing on stage prior to a "Zumba" warm-up of the more than 10,000 people in attendance, "Team ARO" gathered at the black and gold balloons.

They would walk or run that day for colleague Nicole Fox, SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator at ARO, to celebrate and support her battle with breast cancer. Recently declared cancer-free by her medical team, Nicole joined the group appropriately donning a pink wig, accompanied by her husband and two children.

The course was something like a 3.1 mile circus, with bands playing, people at houses along the route spraying cooling water with sprinklers, groups of cheerleaders urging people on, and even an a cappella choir singing outside of a church. Enthusiasm was everywhere, as it was evident so many lives have been touched deeply by this disease. Over one million dollars were raised through this event to support cancer research.

The 21 members of "Team ARO" walked or ran for Nicole, and perhaps also for others in their lives that have battled breast cancer. Although Nicole did not participate—not yet having the energy, due to ongoing treatment—she vowed to participate next year as part of "Team Victory." One thing is for certain: she'll once again have an enthusiastic group behind her.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: July 2, 2015