Buckley races to raise awareness
By Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 25, 2012
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Team Buckley members participated in the Annual Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Fun Run/Walk hosted by the Health and Wellness Center Oct. 19 to show their support of victims and their families, promote cancer awareness and celebrate survivors.
Approximately 80 people participated in the race, nearly a 100-percent increase from last year, according to Alan Muriera, HAWC health and wellness director.
The race was open to all Team Buckley to include service members, civilians, retirees and their families.
"The turnout this year was great," he said. "We encourage people to participate to create awareness for a good cause."
Staff Sgt. Brian Powell, 460th Contracting Flight, won the race with a time of 20:36. Many of Powell's contracting flight co-workers accompanied him in the race.
"We as a unit wanted to participate and show our support," Powell said. "Breast cancer is a big killer of women and we just want to be supportive of that and show our appreciation for the women that have to fight breast cancer."
Many racers donned pink attire to show their support for breast cancer awareness. Head bands, tutus and top hats were among some of the pink accessories at event.
Competitors received pink lunch boxes and bracelets after the race.
According to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website, "Breast Cancer Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast cancer."