An azure sky and blazing autumn colors greeted the runners, walkers and their canine companions Saturday, Oct. 24, at Haywood Healthcare Foundation’s 9th Annual Power of Pink 5Kk run/walk/memory walk. More than 250 participants gathered from seven North Carolina counties and from states as far away as Vermont. All joined to raise more than $24,000 to support breast cancer awareness and to help provide mammograms and follow up procedures for underserved women in Haywood County.
The Power of Pink can only happen through the support of its sponsors, partners, donors, organizing committee and volunteers. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort was the Presenting Sponsor for the event.
Lead Sponsors were Haywood Regional Medical Center, Haywood Cancer Center, The Mountaineer, Asheville Citizen Times, Smoky Mountain News, and Champion Credit Union.
Aid Station Sponsors were Haywood Medical Imaging, Waynesville Middle School, Lisa Ferguson of Edward Jones, Homes and Land of Haywood and Jackson Counties, Pink Regalia, Mountain Credit Union and an anonymous sponsor.
T-Shirt Sponsors were Cruso Community Center & Friendship Club, The Print Haus and an anonymous sponsor.
The Honor/Memory/Survivor Sponsor was Twigs and Leaves Gallery.
Community partners included Haywood Regional Medical Center and Haywood Health and Human Services Agency. Greg Duff of Glory Hound Events conducted all races. Nikki White and Katie Higgs co-chaired the event. Volunteers were from Women of Waynesville and the UNC School of Pharmacy.
Medals were awarded to the 5K Age Group Winners:
Overall Open, Male: Jay Curwen, Asheville; Female: Sarah Clarke, Lake Junaluska
Overall Masters, Male: Bill Branson, Biltmore Lake; Female: Patricia Lord, Sylva
14 and Under Male: Kennan Huskison, Waynesville; Female: Kayla Stokoe, Enka
15-19 Male: Damon Lubinski, Waynesville; Female: Lauaren Boyer, Asheville
20-29 Male: Andre Vandenberg, Candler; Female: Shayna Ledford, Cherokee
30-39 Male: Scot Worley, Clyde; Female: Jennifer McCall, Waynesville
40-49 Male: Jimmy Richardson, Waynesville; Female: Lisa Walker, Arden
50-59 Male: Kurt Ludwick, Landrum; Female: Karen Kreitzgurg, Waynesville
60-69 Male: Patrick Johnson, Waynesville; Female: Rose Johnson, Clyde
70-98 Male: David Osborne, Jericho, Vermont; Female: Kathe Boyer, Asheville.
A medal was awarded to the first dog over the finish line: Gable, who accompanied Joseph Branson of Canton.
Trophies were awarded to HRMC department with the most participation: Mountain Medical Associates; School with the most participation: Waynesville Middle School; Individual with the most creative costume: Alicia Wilkerson; and Team with the most creative costumes: Mindy’s Mountain Ohana.
The Haywood Healthcare Foundation is grateful to all who contributed to the success of the event and for the women of the community who will be served through the generosity and efforts of the participants.