By Lady Cats Director Brandii McCoy
October 3, 2011
As teams across the area prepared for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, October 1, 2011, our very own Lady Cats fielded a team consisting of current and former Lady Cats, as well as family and friends. For the second year in a row the team participated in the 5K run early Saturday in honor of their friend and former Lady Cat, Nicole Bills.
After dancing for the Bobcats for three seasons, Nicole was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2010. An avid runner and marathon competitor, Nicole ran the race herself last year with the team, in the middle of chemotherapy treatments.
"It was a joy to get together with the Lady Cats, both current and past, to celebrate Nicole and those we know whom have battled with breast cancer," said Lady Cats alum Monique, a member of the inaugural Bobcats dance team. "I personally am touched by all of the faces of the girls that support Nicole, whether they danced with her or not. I think that's a testament to our sisterhood as a team and organization."
Former Lady Cat Ashley said, "rallying around Nicole the past several years has made such a huge impact on not only my life, but the many friends and family that surround her. To me, participating on 'Team Dolla Dolla Bills' in the Race for the Cure represents celebrating survivors, honoring those we’ve lost and at the same time raising awareness."
The group held a mixer at Mortimer's on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, to raise money towards their team fundraising goal. Those in attendance enjoyed multiple rounds of Bingo to raise money and also competed in hula hoop contests.
"It was good to see everyone and to raise money to beat breast cancer," Lady Cat Lindsay said. "It's awesome to see the present Lady Cats involved, even though they didn't dance during Nicole's seasons with the Bobcats."
This year, Nicole was being inducted into her college Hall of Fame at Central Michigan University and was unable to run in Saturday's race, so the Lady Cats were truly "running the race" for her. For Nicole, running an easy 5K would be nothing, but for some of the Lady Cats, it was much more challenging. Let's just say the celebration dance they did at the finish line was well worth witnessing. :)