Local Heroes: Team Emersombiguns Holds Nothing Back

In October 2007, Alice Anderson and fourteen girlfriends put on pink feather boas and walked at the Race for the Cure in Omaha.  For the women from various parts of northern Iowa and North Dakota, it was a fun trip that included eating out, shopping, and a slumber party atmosphere at the hotel where they stayed. “But the reality of why we were there hit hard when we joined the thousands of others participating in Race for the Cure,” noted Alice. “We were all there for the same cause… to put an end to breast cancer forever. After our first walk, as a team, the next question was, “what can WE do to make a difference”.

Raising funds

Team Emersombiguns decided to host their own community walk.  From the walk to publishing cookbooks, Team Emersombiguns holds nothing back when thinking about raising funds to put an end to breast cancer.  Alice’s sister Becky and her family host a yearly garage sale with proceeds donated to Team Emersombiguns. Other team members have hosted bake sales, garage sales, and sold pumpkins.  In addition, several women have hosted Pampered Chef and Thirty-One parties and donated proceeds.

Why we raise funds

“When I first started participating in walks, it was 2002 and one of the women I was walking with was a dear friend who, at the time, was fighting for her life. She lost that battle in 2007. Shortly after, my sister Becky was diagnosed with breast cancer. Nearly everyone on our team has known or does know someone very close to them that has gone through breast cancer. That makes the fight very personal for us all.”

“We see the need continuing in our community all the time. This is a small area where there is a constant connection to everybody, and it seldom goes by that we don’t hear of another being diagnosed with breast cancer. Our community, as well as the surrounding communities, has been so generous with their support, and as long as we can hold a group together, we will continue with our fight. We really do believe that treatment has come a long way over the years and that a cure must be in sight.