May 5th was the first time for Lawanda Hobbs, before that brisk and bright Saturday morning she had never participated in Susan G Komen’s Race for the Cure.
“This is my first walk, and I did it in memory of my sister. She passed away from breast cancer in 2011. I always wanted to walk, but I never knew what steps to take or what I had to do to walk. But I once I saw Ford had a team I decided to join the team” said Hobbs.
For Felicia Williams the walk wasn’t a first time thing, she had done it before at different locations in years past. “This is my first time walking it at Comerica Park, and I walk in support of my best friend who’s in the trenches right now going through treatment,” said Williams. She’s also walking in support of several people that she knows through coworkers and other settings who are fighting breast cancer as well.
It was Monica Johnson’s first time walking as well. She joined the team in support of her other Rawsonville teammates and to support the cause overall.
But all three warriors clad in pink, and Ford Motor Company blue decided to walk together in support of one another, and in honor of the people dear to them. But for these warriors three, it’s also about tradition. Felicia, Lawanda, and Monica plan to participate in the race for as long as they can and when I asked Lawanda why she said “I promised that I’ll always let everybody know she was here, I’ll never let her name die, never let her spirit die” referring to her sister.
Plus walking with the Ford Motor Company team made things easier. For Johnson it made the race seem shorter. She was enjoying the comradery, conversation, costumes and vendors. For Williams walking with the Ford Team was a little more sentimental:
“The one thing that was really touching was to see so many of the Ford employees not just walking with the team, but the ones that were actual survivors. They had 20 year survivors, 15 year survivors and 10 year survivors. They showed all of the people who worked at Ford who have actually been through it and that was very touching. It’s a blessing to have a company that thinks about the community and the employees’ health enough to offer this” William’s said.