COLUMBIA, 9/14/11  (Beat Byte) --  Over the next 25 years, an estimated 25 million women around the world will be diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Dedicated to eradicating the disease through research and prevention, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has a friend in the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Many friends, in fact, who've formed a team called Medical Students On Volunteering Endeavors (M.O.V.E.) now working on the big lead up to the Komen Mid-Missouri road race this Sunday.  

Headed by third year medical student Nicole Shen and the author's wife, team captain Alison Martin, medical students, faculty, and staff are walking and running to support the Mid-Missouri Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

"I was diagnosed on November 24, 2009, have gone through 15 months of chemotherapy, surgery and 30 radiation treatments.  My response has been excellent.  The tumor shrank away and the tissue biopsy from surgery showed not residual cells. I am a SURVIVOR!"  Alison explains.  "If not for the competent and caring team of physicians -- Paul Dale, Michael Perry, Steven Westgate, Gregory Biedermann -- and the nurses and staff at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center who treated me with state of the art methods based on sound research, I along with many women would face a much less tolerable outcome."

The team effort motif runs through the Komen philosophy.  Family, friends, "supportive colleagues at the School of Medicine, awesome medical students, dear friends from church, Pi Phi sorority sisters, neighbors -- those near and far -- have reinforced my inspiration to move, to live, to fight," Alison says.  "I want to make a difference -- be a model -- for those who may face breast cancer at some point in their lives." 

Komen Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure 2011   
Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 8:30am
Mizzou Sports Park
Columbia, Missouri


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