Cancer Walk 2008
Caminata Contra el Cancer
8 March 2008
This Time, It’s Personal
2008 WNY Race for the Cure will be in Honor of Catherine Nagy
started fundraising for toys and a playground for her special
education students living on the Island of Guam. She continued
for the Special Olympics and the March of Dimes. But
fundraising to end a disease became personal when her father and
sister were diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s when Catherine
Nagy, a Grand Island native, began her participation in the Race
for the Cure – and began a journey which would take her
thousands of miles in the years to come. A journey which was to
become more personal every step of the way.
“Shortly after my first walk, I discovered a
lump under my left nipple – strangely enough, in the same spot
my dad had so many years before,” says Cathy. She underwent a
lumpectomy and radiation, then went about with her daily life,
enjoying her grandchildren and continuing her fundraising for
various causes. Around that time, she saw a television
advertisement about the Susan G. Komen for the Cure 3-day Walk.
Excited that money raised from the race would fund breast cancer
education, screening and treatment in her area, she went online
and signed up.
first walk meeting, she learned more about how to train for the
60-mile walk, how to gain support from family, friends and the
community, and most importantly – about the mission of Susan G.
Komen for the Cure.
two things that make a deep impression on me, one is that Komen
is an organization formed on by a promise to a sister,” says
Cathy. “And the second, that perhaps I could have a hand in
making a future without breast cancer.”
her family had doubts. Her $12 walking sneakers looked brand
new, and her idea of a walk was a stroll at the local shopping
mall. But they were in for a big surprise. Cathy walked over
6,000 miles in training for the big day. She also hit the
pavement to fundraise – and by the Race Day had raised $8,000 in
donations. She began the Race with 3,000 other walkers, and
throughout the Race course, she heard stories of hope and
courage from other survivors and co-survivors. And she crossed
the finish line to find her family waiting with open arms. At
that point, Cathy knew that she would participate in the Race
for the Cure until she could no longer walk.
traveler, Cathy soon mobilized her friends and family to walk in
various Race for the Cures throughout the United States. Says
Cathy “as my cancer crept through my body the cause became much
closer to our hearts.” Her Race Team – Hope Rises, now
participates in approximately six Race for the Cures each year,
and raises an estimated $40,000 to benefit Komen for the Cure.
They have Raced in San Diego, Seattle, Temecula, Los Angeles,
Las Vegas, Boston, Tampa, Waco, Tucson, Washington DC, Honolulu,
Indianapolis, Orange, San Francisco. But as a native, “the
Western New York Race is very special to us being my home town
and that the walk is always close to Dad and Betty Lou's
birthday. They both were born on June 10th.”
her cancer re-occurred in 2003, Cathy, who is now living in
Mexico, is optimistic. “I have met so many people on this
journey and I am so grateful for all of them,” she says. “The
Komen cause and the research has played such a big part in the
survivors that are here today-the new medicines and the new
attitudes to keep us mentally, physically, and spiritually
looks to the future, and hopes that breast cancer will be cured
by the time her grandson has children.
Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is
pleased to have Cathy Nagy as our 2008 Race Honoree. Her
courage, spirit and positive outlook on life, and her commitment
to finding a cure to this disease are an inspiration to all.
Cathy’s team, Hope Rises, has
been formed for the WNY Race. She has set a goal of having 50
team members with a minimum fundraising goal of $5,000! Cathy
will fly ‘home’ on May 10th for the WNY Survivor
Luncheon – and she’ll also be at the Race for the Cure on June
14th. Will you?