Women walk for a cure

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:01 am on Friday, October 14, 2011

Courtesy photo Pam Main of Lakeview, Kelly Johnson of Cedar Springs and Kami Main of Washington, D.C., participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day For The Cure from Sept. 23-25 in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON —  Dolinda Riley Barnes died at age 28 after battling breast cancer for four years.
Kelly Johnson of Cedar Springs and Pam Main of Lakeview have been fighting for a cure for almost as long as their sister was alive.
Johnson, Main and her daughter, Kami of Washington, D.C., and Main’s cousin, Erin Bormes of Sparta, participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day For The Cure from Sept. 23-25 in Washington, D.C.
The walk was the 26th event for Johnson and Main, who call their team, “Family Feet.” Their team raised about $10,000 with support from family, friends and community members.
“We want to walk because our family would like to keep her memory alive and also because we want to further research for a cure for breast cancer, not only for our family members, but our friends and others who will be affected by the disease,” said Main, who works for the village of Lakeview.
The walk began with an emotional opening ceremony at Washington National Stadium. The 60-mile route featured many local highlights, including the U.S. Capitol building, the U.S. Botanical Gardens, Smithsonian museums, Bethesda and the neighborhoods of northwest Washington.
The cheering station at Dupont Circle encouraged the 2,500 walkers to keep going. Walking by the National Zoo and the White House, the walkers headed onto the grounds of the Washington Monument for a closing ceremony on the third day.
“My sister never gave up hope that she would be cured,” Main said. “She fought until the very end. We want to keep her hope alive.”
For more information about Susan G. Komen, visit www.the3day.org.

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