This year’s 7th annual Get in the Pink race took place on May 9, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. This event included a 10K, a 5K and a Kids Fun Run, with plenty to see and do throughout the morning hours to entertain participants of all ages. From the DJ and music to the tents of sponsors giving away free snacks, drinks and swag, this was a family-friendly event for the whole team, and it was amazing to see such a great turnout that day!
Wentworth employees had the opportunity to volunteer in this year’s Get in the Pink race as part of our community involvement for the year. Summer Lee and Allison Johnson participated this year, volunteering in the early a.m. before the race began and also by walking in the 5K.
On a beautiful route through the Shandon and downtown Columbia area, it was a great morning spent raising money and supporting a wonderful cause. By our last count around 6:45 a.m., there were over 700 participants, with many walk-ups. Devine Street and surrounding blocks were a sea of pink as the mass of people proudly wore pink shirts, shorts, hats and socks for the event. It was fun being part of an event supported so well by the entire community; as we walked up and down the streets, even people not participating were out on their driveways cheering or driving by and honking. You couldn’t help but smile and get in the spirit!
As a little background information on the event: The Get in the Pink race was founded in 2009 as a fundraiser to benefit breast cancer patients in the local community. All proceeds benefit SOS – “Share our Suzy”– which was started locally in the Columbia community. Over $25,000 has been raised since 2009. SOS is the only breast cancer foundation in South Carolina that helps patients with non-medical, non-insurance covered needs. The main purpose is to give those patients affected by breast cancer the chance to focus on the recovery, instead of the financial stress and burden. The Get in the Pink event is intended to be “fun and fashionable” and honor those who have fought or are fighting breast cancer, but most importantly, to promote support for a great cause and give back to the local community.
Having cancer affects all aspects of one’s life, along with family and friends. Supporting our local community, while knowing we were able to help even one local cancer survivor or patient with our volunteering and small contribution was enough to make it all worthwhile to us and a memorable experience, all while proudly representing Wentworth!