5K and Survivor’s walk Saturday, October 15, 2022
Every year, more than 37,000 women walk through the doors of Huntsville Hospital and Madison Hospital Breast Centers for their annual screenings. Each is someone’s mother, daughter, wife or friend. Many are anxious or even scared. In 1998, those fears became reality for WAFF 48 news anchor Liz Hurley when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since that day, she has been fighting – for herself and for every woman across our region.
“My breast cancer diagnosis changed the course of my life,” Liz said. “I felt compelled to use my journey and platform as a tool to help others. Now, countless women have been diagnosed earlier and are living longer thanks to generous donors and the money raised.”
That money is raised through the Liz Hurley Breast Cancer Fund at Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Since it was founded in 1999, the fund has provided more than $6.2 million in diagnostic equipment that detects cancer earlier and more accurately for Huntsville-area women. This is an amazing benefit for North Alabama that puts us on par with the top breast centers in the nation–and none of it would be possible without community support.
A fun way to get involved and contribute to the cause is through the annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run 5K & Survivors’ Walk, happening throughout downtown Huntsville on Saturday, Oct. 15. Huntsville transforms to a sea of pink as more than 6,000 participants walk and run to help provide the latest cutting-edge diagnostic technology the Breast Center needs. Past events have provided 3D tomosynthesis mammography machines to make both not-for-profit Breast Centers fully 3D capable, mammography machine software upgrades, biopsy equipment, patient assistance, and more.
“After two years of virtual races, we are thrilled to be back together to run for the future,” Liz said. “This is my favorite day of the year – it is the greatest feeling to see hundreds of breast cancer survivors and thousands of passionate supporters come together to make a difference. What started as a dream of mine 19 years ago is now the largest 5K in North Alabama. Our community just continues to blow me away by its love and support.” Liz is now 24 years cancer free. She is an advocate, friend and cheerleader to the breast cancer patients and survivors in Huntsville and beyond.
“If I can help just one woman find her cancer earlier and win her fight, then I consider this journey worth it,” Liz shared. “But I think it is safe to say that every donor and runner has now played a role in ensuring hundreds, even thousands, of women have more birthdays and years with their families. There is no greater gift.”
Register to run! 2022 Liz Hurley Ribbon Run Saturday, October 15, 2022 Start/finish at Huntsville Junior High School Registration is now open for the in-person race. A virtual option is also available for those unable to attend for any reason.
Learn more and register at lizhurleyribbonrun.org