Christ United Methodist Church - Plano, Texas
Sunday, August 02, 2015
Loving God, Serving Others ... Transforming Lives



Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2015


CUMC will be participating in honor of church member Pauline Bailey.  Pauline has been a breast cancer survivor for 39 years.

You can now register for the Plano Race for the Cure 2015 which will be held on June 13, 2015.  Go to 

For more information contact Marylin Smith.

The goals of the Race For The Cure Programs are:

  • Be a global leader fighting breast cancer
  • Raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer
  • Celebrate survivors and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease
  • They have raised over $630 million
  • Up to 75 percent of the funds raised by the Komen North Texas Affiliate remain in Collin, Denton and Grayson county to fund education, screening and treatment
Interesting fact:       CUMC has received many awards for “Largest Religious Team”.  Let's try for that
                                honor again this year!
Location:                 Plano campuses of HP and The Campus at Legacy.  Legacy at Parkwood Drive,
                              east of the Dallas North Tollway
Volunteer Criteria:    This is a great family outreach program
Open to all — There is a coed 5K Run/Walk and a 1-mile fun Run/Walk
I was 39 at the time of my diagnosis…okay…so just 3 months away from my 40th birthday but still not of age to officially have a mammogram.   I was getting ready for bed one night and felt a lump. I got into my OB/GYN the very next day, and scheduled my first mammogram and ultrasound. The radiologist said to me “You just have fibrous breasts, just be sure to keep checking them and we will see you next year.” So, you can imagine my concern when my OB/GYN’s office called and wanted me to see a breast surgeon just to be on the side of being overly cautious.
Now, in the meantime, I was also getting ready for a frozen embryo transfer through invitro-fertilization.   So, my mind was really focused on trying to get pregnant and have another child, a sibling for my then, 2 year old son, Caden.   My schedule for my consult with the breast surgeon was July 6th, 2010.
Little did I know how important this appointment would be and little did I know that this new doctor whom I had never meet before would save my life. Consult led to surgical excisional biopsy, which led to official diagnosis on July 20th, 2010. I will never forget hearing the doctor say…”Well dear, you have breast cancer…”
The next year and half of my life included a double mastectomy, 6 rounds of chemotherapy, a year of Herceptin, 6 ½ weeks of radiation and then 2 reconstructive surgeries that ended in September, 2011. I am just so very thankful for my amazing family where I found my source of strength and inspiration…they are my everything! I cannot begin to express my gratitude for all of the support of many friends both old and new, many members at CUMC and for the wonderful medical staff down at Presbyterian Dallas.!
As the summer of 2011 ended, my older sister and I participated in the Komen 3-Day walk in Chicago. We raised over $11,000, walked 60 miles in 3 days and eleven days later I had the first of my reconstructive surgeries. Words cannot describe the emotion that I felt accomplishing this task and now focus on a bright, healthy and happy future!
Erin Struck
As a celebration of my 15 year journey, I again volunteered to head this year's Race for the Cure.  I want to give back to others and this is one small way I can do that.  I am asking you to join me and all of CUMC’s breast cancer survivors and supporters at the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday June 13, 2015. Did you know that one of our members was honored for having survived breast cancer for the most years and led the Survivors Parade.  She is planning on being there this year and I encourage you to join us in support of her!  Help us celebrate and "invite one" to join you!  If you want to register for the race under “Team CUMC”, see website below. I hope to see you on June 13! If you can’t make it you can register for the "Sleep in".  Please keep us in your prayers.  You can also sign in below and contribute to "Team CUMC".
Marylin Smith

Please join us for Race for the Cure 2015!    

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen who died of breast cancer at age 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure to eradicate breast cancer and life-threatening disease.
For more detail, information or history on Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, go to: or or call 972-378-4808.