COLORS OF COURAGE: Race attracts hundreds, raises funds for LLCC patients

Amy Charles

In its fourth year, the Colors of Courage 5K in Pikeville united people from across the region for an important cause – raising money for underinsured patients of the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center (LLCC).


Over 500 people arrived at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center Plaza last Saturday.


Approximately $14,000 was raised for patients with the support of corporate sponsors, 5K participants and individual donors. Proceeds will be used to assist underinsured cancer patients with medications, transportation and other needs.


"This was my first year participating in the Colors of Courage 5K and it was heartwarming the amount of community support received for this event," Pikeville Medical Center Public Relations Manager Kelly Rowe said. "We had so much fun planning this race. Knowing that all of our hard work was benefiting the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center and its patients made us work that much harder."


In addition to fundraising, the Colors of Courage 5K was initiated to bring awareness to all types of cancer as well as to honor survivors and those who lost the fight. Participants were encouraged to dress in the color of the cancer they were representing. Special awards were given to the most creative and most colorful attire.


"We can't thank our sponsors enough," Rowe added. "Without their generosity this event wouldn't be able to make the impact that it does. We so appreciate everyone that donated, ran, walked or cheered for this event."


The funds raised will make a positive impact on the underinsured patients of the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center.


"This event was so uplifting to see everyone come out and support the patients of the Cancer Center," said Marigo Werner, RN, Clinical Manager of the LLCC. "It has been extremely rewarding for our staff to help patients with transportation, medication and nutritional needs to help ease the financial burden caused by this devastating disease."


Visit PMC's Facebook page to see more photos of race day.