I am no stranger to the disease of cancer. My mother, father and sister have fought cancer in one form or another. I initially became involved in the Race for the Cure when my mother, Ginger Brauer, was diagnosed with breast cancer. After she was diagnosed she became an advocate for early detection and awareness which led her to getting involved with the Brainerd Lakes Race committee. She was honored as their first Volunteer of the Year, and the committee dedicated their annual award in her name. Since then I have captained Team Ginger every year for the race. I am proud to captain a team that helps raise funds for this important cause, and I am equally proud that the committee lets me present the volunteer of the year award that is given in Ginger’s name.
The race is an important event that raises funds to support early detection efforts in our community; supports ongoing research; honors the brave individuals who fight the disease, and remembers those who lost that fight.