On Saturday, October 9 at 8:30 a.m breast cancer survivors and supporters will gather at Cedar City’s West Canyon Park for the 9th annual Power in Pink-Iron County Walk and 5K. Scores of these women have been blessed to have had Dr. Craig Donaldson as their radiology oncologist during their treatment. Dr. Donaldson passed away suddenly on December 31, 2020 having built a legacy in cancer treatment and care in Cedar City and southern Utah.
“Dr. Donaldson was a true champion for women dealing with the challenges of breast cancer treatment,” said Donna Law, a former patient of Dr. Donaldson’s and one of the event organizers. “He always demonstrated kindness, sincerity, positivity, and calm for his patients during a time that is filled with so many emotions, least of which are fear and uncertainty.”
Dr. Derrick Haslem will be the featured speaker at the event. Haslem is Director of Medical Oncology at Intermountain Precision Genomics and uniquely qualified to honor Dr. Donaldson and his service to breast cancer patients in Iron County. He will also speak to the life-saving importance of breast cancer screenings.
According to the CDC, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, regardless of race or ethnicity. About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12.4%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness month designed to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. All funds raised at this annual event are donated directly to women in Iron County undergoing treatment.
“Dr. Donaldson remembered his patients and their stories. He followed you through treatment and post care,” said Robyn Brown, a former patient of Dr. Donaldson and one of the event’s founders. “He saved people’s lives and he did it in such a loving and caring way. We are so honored to remember him the way he remembered his patients.”
The 2021 Power in Pink Walk & 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Cedar City West Canyon Park, 151 S. 400 E. Check in on the day of the event begins at 8 a.m. Registration and information are available at Active.com and EventBrite where you can also make tax deductible donations if you are unable to participate. Early bird registration is $25 until September 15 after which the fee is $35. All participants will get the 2021 T-shirt and swag bag. Current Covid precautions will be followed during the event and masks will be available.
The Power in Pink team is so grateful for the many sponsors who help make this event and funding possible including: Polarity Design Team, Ernie’s Stores, SHE-Salon and Formal Dress Boutique, SUU Alumni & Community Relations, Jennie Hendricks丨Century 21 Prestige Realty, Iron County School District, State Bank of Southern Utah, Smith’s, Women’s Health and Midwifery, Myriad Genetics, and Kolob Sign & Design. Debra Stillman will provide a musical kick off for the walk/run, DMK Entertainment will provide music throughout the morning, and Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson-Edwards will serve as master of ceremonies.
For more information, email [email protected] or follow the event on the Power in Pink-Iron County Facebook and Instagram pages.