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'Race to Save Second Base' On Saturday

by on October 18, 2012 6:16 AM

Taryn Noll started looking for a breast cancer-centric student organization at Penn State during her freshman year – when her mother was diagnosed with the disease.

Not finding one, Noll took control into her own hands and created The Power Pink and spent the summer promoting it, generating interest and recruiting members.

On Saturday, the third "Race to Save Second Base" 5K will be held in support of survivors, fighters and friends and family members of those who have lost their battle with breast cancer.

The race starts at noon outside of the IM Building and all proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure – specifically, Noll said, funds will be distributed to the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh affiliates of the organization.

Noll said in two years, $9,000 was raised and there were more than 200 participants in each race. So far, 124 runners are signed up for Saturday's race.

"It's a month where people are focusing on cancer awareness," Noll said. "We think it's also important where some people might not be able to find the words, the race gives them that, to find action."

And each year, Noll's mother has been there, cheering on the runners and her daughter at first, as she was still finishing treatment in 2010. Last year, she was in the race.

"Seeing her cross the finish line – it was really emotional for both of us," Noll said.

It's why she created The Power Pink and started the "Race to Save Second Base" at Penn State. For her mother, and the countless other women and families like hers, who are affected by a disease and want to find the cure.

It's why she's going to keep doing it, until there is a cure, Noll said.

"I know that feeling that I get about my mom other people must get about their mom and their sisters and their aunts."

For individual participants, the cost to sign up is $15. For groups of 10 or more, the cost is $10 per participant.

To find out more about The Power of Pink organization, visit their Facebook page.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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