Panerathon draws thousands

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Thousands packed downtown Youngstown for Panerathon 2013, the largest race in Youngstown benefiting breast cancer research and awareness.

An estimated 8,000 ran or walked in Sunday’s race starting at the Covelli Centre. Some chose to run the 10K race, taking runners through Mill Creek Park, while others opted for the two-mile course through downtown.

Each year, Panerathon attracts thousands to the area. Many are affected by breast cancer in some way but some are not. This is the third year Carmen Delgado and co-workers from Corrections Corporation of America have participated.

“It’s a chance for all of us that work together to spend time outside of work competing together for a good cause,” said Delgado.

Proceeds from the race will go to the Humility of Mary Health Partners Foundation, for the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Cleveland resident Lisa Woodworth was diagnosed with breast cancer and is now cancer-free for the last four months.

“Two weeks ago, I just finished the round with chemo and had the follow-up CT and bone scans and waiting to see what the results are,” said Woodworth.

Woodworth was happy to be healthy enough to walk with her daughter and granddaughter in the race.

“My energy has really picked up, and I’m feeling good,” said Woodworth. “I’m just so impressed with how many people are out here supporting cancer and cancer awareness.”

The Panerathon has raised close to a $1 million for breast cancer research and awareness since it began four years ago.

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