Walk, jog, run to build cancer awareness

Ronda White wants people to be more aware of the types of cancer that claimed three of her family members in 2008.

That's the impetus behind the benefit 5K walk, run and jog she's organizing in downtown Mooresville June 26.

All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

White, 32, is a medical assistant at Lake Medical Associates in the Mooresville Gateway center, at Interstate 77 Exit 33.

She said awareness means everything. Her mom's ovarian cancer was discovered by accident during a hysterectomy, she said. Her mom's father died earlier the same year of leukemia; her dad's stepfather died of prostate cancer.

She also hopes to raise awareness of breast cancer through the event.

White already participates in the Mooresville/Lake Norman Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society. She is Piedmont HealthCare's team captain in this year's event, which is Friday and Saturday at the Mooresville High School stadium.

Cliff Hunnicutt, the relay's volunteer co-chairman, said he wholeheartedly endorsed White's event when she brought the idea to him.

"Joggin for Jugs," as she named it, is seeking sponsors, walkers and runners. The event will start and end at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St.

Dr. Manish Patel of Lake Medical Associates signed up as the event's first sponsor, White said.

Participants can register individually or in teams at www.jogginfor or at the Citizen Center June 26. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. The $25 registration fee includes an event T-shirt.