Is there snow on the ground? If the answer to that question is no, then there is probably a run/walk to participate in somewhere in the Wausau area! Recently, the run/walk of choice was one of the best known, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
As one of the biggest run/walks in the area for a great cause, it is no surprise that Globe University-Wausau students and staff could be found among the crowd.
Nicole Endler, administrative assistant, could be found among the racers. “I chose to run the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K because breast cancer has touched my life. Shortly before I moved to Wisconsin, I found out that my friend had been diagnosed,” Nicole related. “The mission statement of the Susan G. Komen organization is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering others, ensuring quality of care for all and investing in science to find the cures. I felt a sense of community in that statement as I lined up amongst a sea of pink.”
Meanwhile, you could find Jayne Bloomer, an EMT and veterinary technology student, at the first aid tent. Fortunately, the first aid booth was one of the places where there wasn’t a lot of activity that day. “Slow days are good days when you are in a first aid booth!” said Jayne. “I had a great time at the race. I look forward to possibly doing it again next year.”
Happily, students Kyle Juedes and Desaree Ickowski were busier than Jayne was. As their applied learning project for their professional communications class, they volunteered to run a booth at the event called Girls Got Mail. This was a brand new booth, and it was was a place where participants could write words of encouragement to people who are currently going through breast cancer treatment.
“Some of our main goals were to advance our communication skills, work on team collaboration, and provide service to the community,” said Kyle, a business administration student.
“When we first chose this event for our project, we had little knowledge of what it was about other than that it involved breast cancer awareness and running. We gained a lot more information about the Susan G. Komen event by communicating with Jacqueline Hustedt, who was one of the people handling the volunteer registration, and with instructors at Globe University who have participated in this event before.”
Kyle said that he was impressed by the scope of the event. “When we got there, we discovered that there was much more to it than just running. The whole 400 Block was covered with different tents with booths like ours. There was entertainment, such as a dance show and music. And there were guest speakers who talked about their life experiences of being diagnosed with breast cancer and going through the treatments.”
Nicole was also very aware of being a part of a large and united community. She said, “The energy was palpable. I ran with people in sparkly tutus, people in shape, people working toward their fitness goals, children who broke my heart with “for Mom” tacked to their backs, and survivors – all racing for the same cause. We surged ahead despite the blanket of humidity enveloping the morning to cross the finish line where we were greeted with a wave of cheering support. I am proud to be a part of the community that banded together in honor of breast cancer awareness, and I will continue to support this cause.”