Singin’ and Dancin’ in the Rain at the Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure

The top medalists in the Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure 5K USATF Timed run. Left to right: John Rahe (Kingston, NY), 2nd Place Men; Ken Wigg (Mountainside), 1st Place Men; Sherry Keyt (New Providence) 1st Place Survivor; Lauren Spiegelhoff (East Brunswick) 3rd Place Survivor; Gabby Allen (Basking Ridge) 1st Place Women; Kari Flanagan (Bayonne) 2nd Place Women; Alyssa Schwartz (Belle Mead) 3rd Place Women; and Marcus Luce (Sussex) 3rd Place Men. Not pictured: Katie Ward (Madison, WI) 2nd Place Survivor. Photo: Sarah Kravits

MORRIS COUNTY — Sunday, May 5 may have been a wet and soggy day at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, but the downpour couldn’t keep away the “outpouring” of support—an estimated 1,000 people, in fact, braved the weather and came out to participate in the annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure.

The ribbon-cutting that kicks off the 5K Fun Walk is a highlight of the Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure event. Left to right: Gloria Kiken-Feiner, Survivor/Top Fundraiser; Karen Meleta, Vice President, Consumer & Corporate Communications for Wakefern Food Corporation and a Komen North Jersey Board Trustee; Kelly E. Nagle, Executive Director, Komen North Jersey; and Suzanne Fonseca, Survivor/Top Fundraiser. Photo: Eloquent Studios

ABC-TV Eyewitness News Reporter Anthony Johnson served as Emcee; and there absolutely was singing and dancing: as part of the Survivor/Forever Fighter Celebration, survivors sang the traditional “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, and scores of young dancers from the Lois Allen School of The Dance literally danced in the rain to entertain Race Day participants.

An estimated 1,000 people braved the rain to participate in the 2019 Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure on Sunday, May 5th at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Photo: Sarah Kravits

The annual event, which includes a 5K Fun Walk, USATF Timed Race, and other activities, raises money for the fight against breast cancer.

The mission of Susan G. Komen North Jersey is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

Through the annual Race for the Cure® Pink Tie Party and other events and activities, Komen North Jersey raises funds to provide screening and diagnostic services, breast health/breast cancer education, treatment support, and survivorship programs for underserved women and men in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties. Since its founding in 1997, Komen North Jersey has awarded over $19 million in local community grants, and has directed more than $7 million to national research programs in pursuit of new breast cancer screening techniques, better and more effective treatment options, and ultimately, the causes and cures to eradicate breast cancer forever.

Susan G. Komen North Jersey is located at 4 Campus Drive, Parsippany. For more information click here.

Dancers from The Lori Allen School of The Dance performed a dance routine (in the rain). Their team, “Team Loralyn,” honored the school’s owner and teacher, Loralyn Gaughran, who was diagnosed with breast cancer less than a year ago. Team Loralyn raised over $7,000 and was the largest team this year, with 148 members. Photo: Eloquent studios
Survivors/Forever Fighters pose for an “official photo” with representatives from RWJ Barnabas, 2019 Race for the Cure Local Survivor Sponsor. Left to right (behind banner): Lou LaSalle, Senior Vice President of Corporate External Affairs, RWJ Barnabas; Joseph Cianci, Director of Operations, Ambulatory Services, Jersey City Medical Center; Lori Pimenta, 12-year Survivor/Volunteer; Judy Swajger, 3-year Survivor/Volunteer; and Michael Prilutsky, Chief Executive Officer of Jersey City Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health. Photo: Eloquent Studios