Every year the Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure® pays special tribute to two individuals from our 24-county service area, who have inspired others by exuding strength and grace during their fight with breast cancer. This year's Toledo Race for the Cure will be run "In Celebration" of Kelli Andres and "In Memory" of Denise Soto.
Kelli Andres, of Sylvania, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer three years ago at the age of 45. Unfortunately, this was not her first bout with cancer. At the age of 12, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and had to have her leg amputated. An avid fundraiser, she heads up "Confections for the Cure" in the summer, and along with her two boys, sets up a lemonade stand to raise money for Komen. Kelli is known to laugh more than she cries, even during the hardest moments. She remains an inspiration to all who know her by her continued strength through this battle.
Denise Soto, of Perrysburg will forever be remembered as a loving mom, wife and friend. As the owner of Soto Salon, she served as a guide in helping others to see life more clearly. Denise was known to give all of her time and talent, not only to her clients, but to all who knew her. She taught the importance of giving back to the community. She helped coordinate special Oncology evenings where patients could receive complimentary services. Denise took the attitude of "how can I grow from this? Who can I help?" Throughout her treatments, her love for those around her grew, and she did not let the disease restrict her from pursuing career achievements. Denise passed away on January 15, 2011.
Kelli and Denise will be recognized in a special ceremony at the beginning of the Toledo Race for the Cure.
The 20th Annual Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29 in downtown Toledo. The 5K run/walk will kick off at 9:30 a.m., with festivities beginning at 7:30 a.m.
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