October 20, 2013 – The streets of Kingsport, TN were virtually painted pink last Sunday, as runners, walkers, survivors, and supporters participated in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K. Wearing bright pink team t-shirts, the Roan Scholars were a noticeable part of that crowd. Showing that "Real Scholars Wear Pink," current undergraduate Roan Scholars were joined by the Program's founder, Mr. Louie Gump, along with local and visiting Roan Alumni, as they ran or walked the course. On an absolutely beautiful fall afternoon, Mollie Bellows '14 led the way, winning her age group category. A few other Scholars set new personal bests for the course, while the rest of the team just enjoyed the day and the opportunity to be part of a special event.
Maddie Gilmer '16, who's served as the "Roan Family" team captain the past two years, summed up the day: "this is something that I am passionate about. I have attended the Komen Race for the Cure for at least the past 5 years, and have watched it grow bigger and even more amazing every year . . . thanks to everyone who contributed to our team." Altogether, the Roan team raised nearly $1,000 this year, in support of the fight against breast cancer.
The busy fall season continues over the next few weeks, with numerous events on campus and in the community, highlighted by ETSU's Homecoming, and the opportunity to meet this year's nominees for the Roan Class of 2018. It's an exciting time! For more updates on our Roan Scholars, check out our Facebook page.