Volunteer Spotlight- Cindy Jarrett

Cindy has been a volunteer for 11 years and has attended every Race since 1998!

Cindy’s Story:

“Why do I volunteer at Susan G. Komen? I say “why not”! Being a volunteer for the local Komen affiliate has been such a rewarding and humbling experience.

My story begins in 1998 when the first Susan G. Komen race was held in Evansville, Indiana, and a friend of mine, Candace, invited me to walk with her that first year. We continued to walk together throughout the years to help raise awareness and to find a cure along with thousands of other participants. Little did I know that years later, in 2006, I would be diagnosed with breast cancer and come to appreciate the local Komen affiliate’s purpose and the breast cancer community.

It’s been an honor to have been a participant in all 20 Race for the Cure walks as well as a Survivor and now a volunteer the last 11 years a long side hundreds of other dedicated volunteers. I volunteer on the Teams Committee and have made many lasting friendships. Volunteering for such a worthy cause is very gratifying and I would encourage others to give of their time and talents. The annual Race for the Cure is the ultimate result of countless hours of hard work and dedication from volunteers who get to see it come to fruition on Race day. As a volunteer you receive far more than you give! The community pride is felt when thousands of Tri-Staters descend on Eastland Mall to celebrate survivorship and to honor those still battling and to remember those who fought the good fight. It’s Evansville at its BEST!

One of the most poignant moments at every Race for the Cure for me is to witness the Survivor’s Parade. I used to be on the sidelines cheering hundreds of survivors on and celebrating with them. Now, I am a survivor myself and will volunteer/walk this year in honor of my friend, Candace, that jumpstarted my interest in Susan G. Komen all those years ago and who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer herself. Maybe one day she will join us in the volunteer ranks as her journey continues. Without the compassion and enthusiasm of all the selfless volunteers none of this would happen. Come and be a part of this!”

Cindy L. Jarrett