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September 19, 2013

Supporters are "in the pink" to help fight cancer

Runners race for a cure

DERRY — They came with their heels on.

Doctors, nurses, staff members and other supporters donned their best footwear and feather boas for the second annual “See Doc Run” 50-yard dash event to benefit the American Cancer Society and Derry Imaging Center’s “Doing it 4 A Cure” mission.

Those who chose to run through the Overlook Medical Park parking lot Tsienneto Road not only had to battle some wet conditions, but many were sporting bright pink feather boas, skirts, stockings and glittery pink stilettos.

Last year’s champion, Josh Dion, took top honors again this year, zooming down a slippery portion of the parking lot after a brief rainstorm.

A brief collision between several runners and an onlooker, followed by another downpour, stopped the races.

There were no serious injuries reported at the end of the race as most people on site were medical personnel.

Dr. Marc LeClair was all set to run a race, but didn’t get the chance once the raindrops began to fall.

He was sporting his new size 16 hot pink heels for the occasion.

“This is the largest heel size of the night,” he said.

LeClair said he had to purchase the shoes online.

“And this is the first time I ever put them on,” he said.

Some of his racing counterparts were taking their roles very seriously, taping their ankles with support materials under their nylons and heels.

LeClair stands about 6 feet 4 inches tall and only had on his black tights and sequined shoes, along with a pink skirt and hat.

Proceeds from the night will support the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk set for next month.

“We are really excited to be part of this event,” said Ellen McCooey, American Cancer Society director of communications.

The Derry Imaging team hopes to raise $10,000.

“We are continually touched by the struggle women go through after a diagnosis of breast cancer and helping make a difference in this cause means a lot to us,” Derry Imaging director Heidi Clark said.

Clark said the Derry Imaging team will accept donations up until the day of the Making Strides event.

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