From a quick glance, you might have thought that Sam Houston Park’s perfectly manicured lawn had turned pink for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Houston on the morning of Oct. 5. In the sea of pink clothing and accessories, Kelsey-Seybold doctors, staff, and patients stood out, faces beaming, ready to run and walk for a cure.
As a proud race sponsor, Kelsey-Seybold physicians and staff were out early, supporting survivors and their families and passing out cooling towels to race participants at the Kelsey-Seybold booth.
“This means a lot to me and my patients. I’m here to support survivors, the family members of those who have battled breast cancer, and the search for a cure,” said Kelsey-Seybold Plastic Surgeon Dr. Yoav Kaufman before lining up for the race with Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jamal Bullocks.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was especially important for breast cancer survivor Dr. Carminia Davidsohn, Internal Medicine, Cypress Clinic, who recently lost her husband to Parkinson’s disease. Until this year, Dr. Davidsohn was unable to attend the walk, and she held nothing back as the top fundraiser for Team Kelsey. Dr. Davidsohn brought her positive personality, leading the group to the finish.
“I'm overcome with emotion – so happy to have walked Komen’s Race for the Cure with the best team, Kelsey-Seybold!” said Dr. Davidsohn after crossing the finish line. She was joined by her Medical Assistant, Sylvia DeLeon, and Clinic Administrator Caroline Okemwa – both of whom supported her throughout her cancer journey.
Kelsey-Seybold patient and breast cancer survivor Nancy Whitt has always participated in Komen’s Race for the Cure as part of the Kelsey-Seybold team. This year, Nancy carried the Team Kelsey sign across the survivor’s finish line, high-fiving those around her while friends and family cheered.
“Crossing the survivor finish line marks another year of enjoying life stronger and better than ever. I feel incredibly lucky to have had the support of Team Kelsey during my fight and now through my 14 years of remission. It feels good to be a survivor!” Nancy exclaimed.
With 47 employees and patients registered to participate, Kelsey-Seybold was one of the largest corporate teams. Team Kelsey raised $4,611 for breast cancer research.