30th Women’s Only Raises More than $88,000

The money will screen local women for breast cancer and support those who have it.


Greensboro – The 30th Women’s Only 5K Walk & Run raised $88,037.40 for the fight against breast cancer. For the first time since the pandemic, the Women’s Only 5k Walk & Run returned to an in-person event on a new course. 2,159 people registered for today’s event.

Money raised at the Women’s Only supports local women. Cone Health Cancer Center treated 978 women with breast cancer last year. The money raised provides screening mammograms to women who are uninsured or lack the financial means to pay for the screening. It also helps with the everyday needs of breast cancer patients in treatment, such as financial assistance, educational materials, peer mentoring and support groups.  

Claire McDowell Event Winner

Claire McDowell

Claire McDowell of Greensboro was the fastest runner in the event. She completed the new course that began and ended at the Cone Health MedCenter for Women in 20:47.71. Tori Churchill of Greensboro finished second with a time of 21:21.65

“I am always delighted that so many people in our community come to this event to support local women find and survive breast cancer,” says Susan Pedaline, DNP, chief nursing officer, Moses Cone Hospital and vice president, Cone Health Maternal-Child Service. “A lack of resources shouldn’t keep women from getting a potentially live saving mammogram. Thanks to these women here today, hundreds won’t.”

“We are very good at treating breast cancer at Cone Health Cancer Center. But treating the body is not enough,” says Cindy Johnson, RN, executive director, nursing and lab services, Cone Health, outpatient oncology. “Providing support, connecting women with others who have been down the path they are traveling, all of that is hugely important and a big part of what the Women’s Only makes possible.”

More than 200,000 cases are treated in the U.S. annually. Most cases are in women over the age of 50. Early detection usually leads to longer lives and cures.

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