JAN AMBIEL wrote to the Ear about the Columbia Memorial Hospital's team, "Boot Out Cancer on the Coast," and their joining this year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The 5K race, which drew nearly 50,000 participants, took place Sept. 23 at Tom McCall Waterfront park in Portland.

Ambiel wrote, "The weather was absolutely perfect and it was an uplifting and empowering experience and humbling to walk with so many people whose lives have been touched by someone with breast cancer. There were cheerleaders and live music all along the route to keep us motivated. At the finish line, all breast cancer survivors were presented with a pink rose."

Pictured above, Danielle Brown, Paula Smith, Amber Parada, Jan Ambiel, Nelda Kendrick, Helena Patin, Tammy Kohse, Mary Weaver and Sheila Lynam holding up Rhonda Raney. Team members not pictured are Terri Gibson, Kendra Gohl and Nancy Magathan.

The team is grateful to CMH and the North Coast community as a whole for supporting their raffle, which raised more than $500 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. "Everyone on our team had a great time and vow to do it again next year," Ambiel added. Nice going, ladies!

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