Kathy Buxton was awarded the second annual Ginger Brauer Breast Cancer Support Award at the Susan G. Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure earlier this month.
Buxton has been active in supporting breast cancer survivors for more than 13 years. She worked with the Reach for Recovery program, Road to Recovery program and assists and facilitates meetings with program leaders of the I Can Cope program.
Buxton was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 1996 and remained a strong advocate for women with breast cancer through her business, A Woman's Choice, which provides breast prostheses, wigs, swim suits and other accessories to breast cancer survivors. She has also been active with St. Joseph's Foundation Board and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
Criteria for the Ginger Brauer Breast Cancer Support Award included nominees must live in Cass or Crow Wing counties. All nominees must have given of their time and energy to help support local breast cancer education, treatment and/or support programs. Nominations were accepted from the general public in Cass and Crow Wing counties. Nominations are accepted during the year and the award is presented at the annual Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure event.
The award was established in 2000 to honor Ginger Brauer who exemplified the selfless giving of time, energy and support of local breast cancer activities in Cass and Crow Wing counties. Brauer lost her battle with breast cancer in 2001. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 on a promise between two sisters, Nancy Brinker and her dying sister Susan G. Komen.
Seventy-five percent of net proceeds raised at this year's race will stay in the community to fund education, screening and treatment projects for the medically under served and 25 percent will go to the Komen Foundation to help fund award and research programs.
The third annual Race for the Cure had a record-breaking turnout of 1,200 participants.
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