Booby Bolt | 2018
Each year in the town of Pleasant View a group of dedicated people come together to put together a month of activities to fundraise for and bring awareness to breast cancer. Their mission isto raise funds for promising research to help prevent and cure breast cancer; to help save lives by increasing awareness through our events; and, to give hope to patients who are currently battling this disease through financial support.
According to their website, www.pinkoutforhope.org, Pink Out Pleasant View started in 2010, as the grass roots effort of area business woman Dianne Seeley. The goal was to raise breast cancer awareness and funds to support Susan G. Komen®. Mrs. Seeley and her mother, a breast cancer survivor, participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-day® 60-mile walk. The walk requires a pledge directly to Susan G. Komen® in the amount of $2,300.00 to benefit the organization’s platform of breast cancer education and awareness, free or reduced cost screenings, assistance for treatment, financial support, and research. All costs associated with the walk are the sole responsibility of the participants. The first year brought a community yard sale; buttons, t-shirts, and residential bows being sold; and a survivor brunch. The following year 2011, brought the need for a more organized committee; thus, the birth of Pink Out Pleasant View. Members included Marcia Holman Reynolds, Dianne Seeley, Kelly Ellis, Lorraine Ridgley, Amy Douglas, Diana Knight, Chrissy Henderson and Karen Lewis. 2011 brought the addition of the Booby Bolt 5k and the Breast Friends Ball.
This year over 300 participants bolted for the boobies. The day started with a recognition of the SURVIVORS, ranging from 8 months to 16 years. It was such a moving experience to see this sisterhood of friend bound together through a shared experience that none wanted, but all overcame.
This year's event was in remembrance of the amazing hometown warrior, Leanne Pulley who lost her battle with breast cancer. Family and friends were on hand to remember and honor all the wonderful things that Leanne was: wife, mother, daughter, friend, co-worker, coach. The moment that made the lump in my throat, however, was seeing Leanne's shoes in the race. How amazing that her spirit still lives in so many and that once again those shoes are beating the race path. #TeamLeanne
So many stories could be told about this amazing day and all the brave women that have battled this disease.
One of the highlights of the day was DJ Johnny who kept everyone moving with his amazing dance mixes and varied music stylings. Everyone was moving in one way or another throughout the entire event.
The Kids 1 mile Fun Run kicked off the day and is always fun to watch those winners crossing the finish line to get their medals! Sometimes the supporters for the kids' run are some of my favorite photos. Check out the little girl with the sign. Adorbs!!
It was a neck and neck race for the finish between the first two to cross the line.
And moms and dads welcomed their runners back after their race.
Another favorite part of the Booby Bolt is the Survivor's walk where the survivors lead the racers to the starting line.
There were SO SO many amazing moments about today's event. And other than the fact it was probably the hottest on in the history of the event, the day was perfect. Here are just a small sampling of the over 1000 images I captured today. Feel free to check out Facebook and my profile or the Pink Out for Hope page to see all the images!
In the end ... the day was about love, relationships and the relenting pursuit of the defeat of this terrible disease.
And while many hands went into the success of this event, without the tireless efforts of these two ladies, Amy Douglas and Sharon Milling, the event would not be the resounding success that it is. Much appreciation for all their work to make this event the success it is!