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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

"Race for the Cure"

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It's been a busy week, and only now have I had time to reflect on the success of the Komen Race for the Cure. I was honored to be a chairman of this years race. 10,500 people showed up to help fight breast cancer. And it was another record breaking year with 855 thousand dollars in donations. I have to give a shout out to the mother of Brewers star Bill Hall. Vergie is adorable, delightful and fun. You can see why her son is such a hit with fans. And what a pleasure to meet Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin and his wife Ellen. Her mother died of breast cancer and she has raised thousands for the cause.You'd have a hard time finding a more delightful couple. They helped kick off the race even though before they headed off to the Brewers game. What commitment!! But the most memorable person I talked to at this year's race had to be former TMJ4 anchor Melodie Wilson. Despite a busy and hectic morning, Melodie was kind enough to take time to give me an update. As we all know, her breast cancer has returned. But she is not giving up. I plan to do a separate blog on Melodie. She is classy, gracious, and beautiful. And even in a difficult time, cares about others. So many of you shared your stories, and let me know why this event is so important. One day we will not need this race. Until then your passion to help us get to that day is inspiring. Meeting so many of you convinced me that we have some of the best people in the country right here. Real, honest, hardworking, and decent people. Sadly, no one is immune from cancer. That is why we must keep pushing for more research, more education, and more prevention. It's easy to dream of a world without cancer. Let's hope one day our dreams will come true.

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