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We all have a reason to join Race for the Cure

We all have a reason to join Race for the Cure

by Carolyn Holly

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Posted on December 17, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 11:08 AM

We got some special news this week. KTVB has now become a media partner for Boise's Race for the Cure. The event is May 7th and I'm hoping you can join us.

This has always been an event with special meaning for me.

Nearly 10 years ago, I lost a friend who fought hard to find a cure for breast cancer.

Laurel Richter (pictured above) was one of the most beautiful people I have ever known. She loved her family, her friends, and her life.

She battled cancer for nine years and allowed me to follow her story for TV.

Laurel was one of the first patients to try a new form of treatment.  At St. Luke's she underwent a stem cell transplant followed by full body radiation.  It nearly killed her but she survived.

Laurel spent the next few years of her life living it to the fullest.  Hers was the house all the neighborhood kids came to and Laurel often took them on late night candy raids at the convenience store.  My son says Laurel made the best spaghetti and most awesome cinnamon toast.  He basically lived at her house for a whole summer because of her.

She so wanted to help find a cure for breast cancer.  Her husband Gary told me this week, she believed she would be cured.

Laurel left behind some terrific kids.

Pete is 24.  Steph just turned 26 this week and Sam is 21.

Each year they help along with their dad, and dozens of friends to put on the "Laurel Luau" the day of the Race for the Cure.  It's our way of honoring Laurel by raising money to battle the disease that took their mom, Gary's wife and our friend.

Like I said in the beginning, race day has always had a special meaning, and now that my station is behind it as a media partner, maybe -- just maybe we can put even more emphasis on the end goal:  Finding a cure for breast cancer.  It's a cancer that took my friends life and the lives of so many more friends and family members we love.

Race for the Cure registration starts in January.  I'll keep you posted right here.