— FORT WORTH – Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Affiliate announced last week that Kori Green, philanthropist, mother and wife of country musician Pat Green, will serve as the 2014 honorary chair for the 22nd annual Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Race for the Cure.
Local business owner Bert Thompson will serve as chair of the event.
Green accepted the role of honorary race chair following recent news of her husband’s aunt’s diagnosis with breast cancer. Green will lend her voice to the cause and will participate in publicity events leading up to the race.
“After watching family, friends and acquaintances be diagnosed and fight breast cancer, I want women to know this is something worth fighting for,” said Green.
“Events like the Komen Race for the Cure help us get one step closer to eradicating breast cancer completely through fundraising and building awareness of the importance of early detection.”
After graduating from The University of Texas Law School in Austin, Green moved to Fort Worth where she founded Kori Green Designs. Recently, Green re-entered the world of law as an attorney at Cotton, Schmidt & Abbott LLP in Fort Worth. She is involved in the community as a board member for the Fort Worth Zoo, All Saints Episcopal Board of Trustees and is cofounder of the Pat Green Foundation, raising funds for children’s health and welfare.
“We are thrilled to have Kori on board with the race this year,” said Craig Schaefer, executive director of Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Affiliate. “We are always working to build awareness of breast cancer and Kori will be an integral voice helping to do that for this year’s race.”
Thompson is president and partial owner of Standard Transmission & Gear Inc. Thompson became involved with Komen when his mother, Carol Ann, was diagnosed with breast cancer in August of 2000.
The family participated in the Race for the Cure together each year following Carol Ann’s diagnosis. Sadly, after treatment her cancer returned in 2003 and she passed away at 54 years of age. Today, the family continues to participate in the annual Race for the Cure and Thompson has made it his mission to inspire others to get involved and be a part of finding a cure for breast cancer.
“I miss my mother every single day. There is still work to do, more funds to raise and a cure to still to be found, and that is why I work so hard for Komen,” said Thompson. “It is for my own Mom and the women like her everywhere.”
The Race for the Cure is the world’s largest and most effective fundraising and educational event for breast cancer, while honoring breast cancer survivors.
Participants in the Race are encouraged to raise funds for education, awareness, research and treatment of breast cancer. The Race for the Cure will be held Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 10, at Ridgmar Mall in Fort Worth. For more information or to register online go to www.komengreaterfortworth.org.