Pink Ribbon Run will raise funds for local breast cancer patients

Pink Ribbon Run will raise funds for local breast cancer patients

The statistics are startling: 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

To help local women through cancer treatment ,a local non-profit is hosting its first pink ribbon run on Sunday.

Every Woman Can is a new non-profit focusing on education, support and financial grants for local clinics providing cancer treatment.

The non-profit started after the eastern Washington branch of the Susan G. Komen closed last year.

Ann Bergeman is on the board of Every Woman Can- she’s also a breast cancer survivor.

“I was diagnosed Christmas Eve 2014 and it was quite a shock,” said Ann Bergeman.

Bergeman is now cancer free and on a mission to help other women going through treatment. During her own treatment, Bergemen said women in the same transfusion room would often have to get a taxi home because they had no other support or transportation.

“So for me it was like I need to do something to make it better for someone else,” said Bergeman.

So far, more than two thousand people have registered for the pink ribbon run. Trish Martin and her sister are signed up to race to support other women and celebrate life.

Martin was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just 47 years old.
“I survived and I’m great now and I have two beautiful grand daughters and two beautiful children,” said Trish Martin, a breast cancer survivor.

“I’m healthy and strong and I don’t think I’ve ever felt better,” said Martin.

Martin credits early detection with a mammogram for saving her life. Doctors recommend women over the age of 40 get an annual mammogram.

All the money raised from the pink ribbon run will stay in our local community to help local clinics help women pay for treatment, nutrition services, transportation and other needs.

The pink ribbon run starts Sunday at 9 a.m. in downtown Spokane. To volunteer or sign up for the race: