The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

February 10, 2014

Race grinds to a halt

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“It takes people to pull this all together; they are not events that you just show up at and participate,” Shafer said. “We need help in making it happen; people to head up committees and people to help those committee chairs.”

Harrison said they’ve reached out for people who can lead.

“We had a lot of people show interest. There are a lot of people who are committed to the cause but may not realize our needs. Maybe that’s our fault,” she said.

None of this means the local Susan G. Komen group has given up. In fact, they’re calling the cancellation a postponement. And they continue to make a difference in the lives of others.

“During the interim, we plan to hold a survivor event, participate in breast health awareness events and continue our fundraising activities. We’re going to try to outdo ourselves with breast cancer awareness month in October, “ said Harrison.”We will still be able to award grants for the coming year due to the fundraising activities conducted during 2013.”

— News reporter Mark Newman is on Twitter @couriermark

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