It started small, within a local community. Today, though, people all over northeast Kansas support a Topeka nonprofit that pays for mammograms to catch breast cancer in its earliest stages.
The Race Against Breast Cancer, Inc (RABC) was founded in Shawnee County, and 100 percent of the funds it raises stay in the region. It’s holding its annual 5K fun run/walk next month in the capital city to keep the free breast exams coming.
RABC administrator Dawn Robertson said the organization’s expanded since it formed 23 years ago, and now includes other counties such as Brown, Douglas and Wabaunsee. She said they’re able to pay for the “mamms” because of all the support in the area.
“If we did not have the support of northeast Kansas businesses, people, the run/walk, they [RABC] could not pay for the mammograms,” she said.
Robertson said her organization pays for anywhere from 500 to 700 mammograms a year.
Early registration for the race ended last week, but you can still sign up for $30. Regular signup for a team member is $25. The event is September 13, and the night before RABC’s organizing on-site registration, registration packet pickup, a silent auction, free dinner and more.
Robertson said people donate to RABC because they truly believe the group’s making a difference.
“To think and know the lives that are touched by these no-cost mammograms is just overwhelming to me,” she said. “This little organization makes a difference in the lives of many northeast Kansans.
Watch RABC board member Katy Nelson talk about her fight against breast cancer, her family and how the race helped her.