The Komen breast-cancer pink season is underway, leading to Pooches in Pink festivities Sept. 9 at Rock Ledge Ranch and the Sept. 10 Komen Colorado South Race for the Cure with several thousand runners and walkers in Garden of the Gods.
First up, however, was the recent kickoff honoring survivors at a traditional luncheon at The Antlers. "We're here to celebrate life," said emcee Heather Skold.
And it's "more than pink" now, said Executive Director Nancetta Westcott; it's about the heroes - scientists, doctors, celebrities, volunteers, survivors - whose national goal is reducing breast cancer deaths by 50 percent by 2026.
Local heroes awarded pink capes were Dr. Laura Pomerenke, a surgeon who called it "a privilege to work with so many in the room," and three-time survivor/top fundraiser Mary Kai Tuggle.
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