Instead of just playing host to the third annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Lombard, the Lilac Village got involved, forming Team Lombard and participating in the 5K walk/run for the breast cancer charity.
Team Lombard's 24 members raised $4,283.66 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Chicago-area affiliate, which uses the money to fund breast cancer screenings, navigational support, treatment and diagnostics.
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"As a two-time, 24-year breast cancer survivor, my particular interest in fundraising for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is for the critical services it provides for the increasing number of women who have been diagnosed yet lack the insurance coverage to pay for needed treatment," Team Lombard member Marymae Meyer said in an email.
The group raised the most money of any squad in the "community team" category, said team captain and village of Lombard spokeswoman Joelyn Kott, who accepted an award on the team's behalf.
"It was really a great experience," Kott said about the race, held Sunday, Sept. 23.
Teams from schools, companies, health care organizations and religious groups also joined in the fundraising race.
"Our goal was 10 team members and we more than doubled that," Kott said. "Next year we will aim for more than 24 people to keep growing it."
The fundraising total from the Lombard race was not yet available.