By Deborah Rowe
For the Fort Bend Star
One local resident and her sister are participating in a three-day 60-mile Susan G. Komen walk in California to raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer.
Kelli Gaines, 30, resident of Missouri City, and her sister Brooke Kincade, 28, of Fort Worth, are walking in honor of their mother Kathy Kincade, who passed away from breast cancer at 57 in 2013.
Gaines and Kinkade are both walking 60 miles in San Diego Nov. 18-20. Gaines will raise $2,300 and Kincade will raise over $4,600.
“Susan G. Komen has seven events nationwide. In 2014, the three-day series of events raised over $24 million. Since its inception in 2003, the three-day has raised more than $810 million to help find a cure for breast cancer,” Kincade said. “It is a group of highly dedicated participants due to the $2,300 fundraising requirement and training commitment to be able to walk 60 miles.”
Kincade said her mother was too young to leave behind her children.
“I participate in the walks to honor her, and my hope is that we find a cure so that no one else has to experience this kind of loss,” she said.
Gaines decided to participate in the walk to help raise money for breast cancer research.
“This organization helps people with early detection and effective treatment as well as supporting and turning breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors,” Gaines said. “I hope to help make cancer history.”
Gaines said her sister Brooke has completed the San Diego and Dallas walks in the past years.
“She told me about the camaraderie you feel while walking with others that have been affected by breast cancer either personally or through a loved one. I desire to walk in my mother’s honor while helping financially support an organization that is working hard to make breast cancer nonexistent,” she said. “This will be my first time walking. We are both walking in San Diego together.”
Their mother was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. She underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy to remove the cancer. After six years in remission the cancer returned in her lymph nodes.
“She battled cancer once again with chemotherapy and radiation. With the help of many great doctors at MD Anderson she continued with treatment to reduce the size of the tumors and continued to live her life to the fullest working and being an amazing mother to her daughters,” Gaines said. “Eventually the tumors metastasized and spread to her lungs and adrenal glands. She passed away June 11, 2013.”
The sisters get to share her story and tell people how amazing their mother was which is very therapeutic for them.
“I hope this honors her and keeps reminding people that we need a cure,” Kincade said.