TOLEDO - Every year the Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure® in Toledo has paid special tribute to two individuals from our service area who have inspired others by exuding strength and grace during their fight with breast cancer.The addition of the Findlay Race for the Cure allows the organization to also select two individuals from the 12 counties surrounding Findlay to be recognized at the Inaugural Findlay Race for the Cure.
This year`s Inaugural Findlay Race for the Cure will be run "In Celebration" of Kara Ward and "In Memory" of Holly Correll.
Kara Ward, of Carey, is a 30 year-old dance instructor who was diagnosed with the disease in January 2013. Ward shares her passion for dance and also gives hope, education, courage and inspiration to the little girls and young women she teaches.
Despite a very aggressive treatment plan, she has used every opportunity to teach dance routines and also about facing each challenge with strength and never giving up. On May 18, Ward took the stage at Becky`s School of Dance Recital and taught people that life is for celebrating each moment and embracing the journey God has provided.
Holly Correll, of Tiffin, was a woman famous for her small stature, big personality and an even bigger sense of humor. She was honest, open and able to make those around her smile effortlessly.
She was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer at the age of 33 and throughout her fight, Correll maintained her strong faith in God. She loved her family and friends but especially her two young children.
Correll passed away on Dec. 18, 2012, and will always be remembered for her encouraging attitude and unwavering strength.
Correll and Ward will be recognized in a special ceremony at the beginning of the Findlay Race for the Cure.
The Inaugural Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure Findlay will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, in downtown Findlay. The 5K run/walk will kick off at 8:30 a.m., with festivities beginning at 7:30 a.m.