COPPERAS COVE — With rain playing havoc with activities in the city, the sun peeked through the clouds long enough for the Pink Warrior Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk to take place Saturday at South Park after rain postponed the event two weeks ago.
Despite the delay keeping some registered runners from participating, 100 area residents joined Pink Warrior Angels in raising money to help families with members undergoing breast cancer treatment.
“I was diagnosed (with breast cancer) Oct. 28, 2013, at the age of 29. I do not have cancer in my family,” Pink Warrior Angels founder Julie Moser said as she addressed the crowd before warmup. “I just found something the day I was taking my husband to deploy to Afghanistan. I dropped him off, went to the doctor and they found three lumps.”
Moser said that of the breast cancer survivors she works with through her foundation, which helps patients from time of diagnosis through treatment and support after, the youngest was just 17.
“Never let a doctor or anyone tell you that you are too young or don’t have a history — men and women — if something is not right, make them do (testing) again,” she said. “I appreciate you guys coming and supporting us, what with the date change and the weather. We’re grateful to be here.”
Moser thanked Rabbit Fest royalty for supporting the event and the vendors who “rolled with the changes” to make the event a success. She also thanked the local businesses from Cove and Killeen who provided baskets of goodies for raffle before starting the race.
“For what they are doing to support breast cancer is important, and for Cove itself, being so small, this is a really good event for the community,” said vendor Myaj Stewart, an adviser with U.S. Health Insurance. “I was a little nervous, because it was pouring rain this morning, but God works in mysterious ways.”
The runners didn’t mind the weather, though. Sgt. Nick Hunt, the first male runner, quickly finished while pushing a stroller, followed by his wife, Anastasiya, the first female runner to finish the event.
“My wife was actually looking online and saw this (event),” said Hunt, a military police officer at Fort Hood who recently arrived in Cove and is still in-processing at the installation. “We’re really active runners, so she wanted to try this out. We came out here and noticed it was for breast cancer awareness, so it really wanted to make me come out and do this.”
Hunt said he had an aunt who underwent treatment for breast cancer and is a survivor, so he had no problem doing anything he could do to help out.
“This is the first time we’ve gotten to run together,” Anastasiya Hunt said. “We’ve only been here a week, but I like the way things are here (in Cove). He was in Korea and I did a few 5k’s, but this is our first one together.”