Runners raise $22k for breast cancer in Roseville

By: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
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Downtown Roseville was pretty in pink Sunday morning as the 11th annual Hot Pink Fun Run took to the streets. This family-friendly run-walk has been a staple in Roseville, benefitting the Placer Breast Cancer Foundation since its early beginnings.


Sunday saw more than 500 participants, many dressed in festive pink attire, all there for one cause, which was to aid in the ongoing fight against breast cancer.  At the end of the day, the event raised approximately $22,000 for the foundation.


“Our event is a day of celebration where people not only participate but many times are doing it in honor of a loved one or someone they know who has been impacted by breast cancer,´ said Carol Garcia. Garcia is a cancer survivor who co-founded The Placer Breast Cancer Foundation.


The foundation is comprised of breast cancer survivors and community activists committed to raising money to fund new research, outreach and health education opportunities for the region.


Sunday’s event began by honoring breast cancer survivors in attendance. A 10K run, a 5K walk/run and a 1-mile survivor’s walk/run that also included children and pets followed.

“We love that the Hot Pink Fun Run is so embraced by the community. This is a tremendous family-friendly event that is not only festive and fun,” Garcia said, “but we’re proud that it also helps educate people, giving them both the knowledge and awareness of breast cancer."

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s a busy time for the Placer Breast Cancer Foundation with numerous events on its calendar. A week from Saturday, Oct. 13, one of the foundation’s largest annual benefit events returns to Roseville, the NASCAR BMR Napa AutoCare 200 race at All American Speedway.  (See related story on page 1.)