Reena Parangot stood 100 feet from the finish line waiting for her daughter to cross the line.
With her hair just beginning to come back in after chemotherapy, Parangot stood out in the crowd at the on Sunday afternoon.
She stood out as a fighter. She is fighting breast cancer and plans to beat it.
At Charm City Run’s Healing in Heels 500 Yard Dash, Reena was not alone in her fight. More than 100 runners toed the line in everything from blue gingham wedges to 4 inch bondage pumps all in an effort to fight back against breast cancer.
The race, co-hosted by Charm City Run and Save the Coconuts, was to benefit ’s Breast Center. Many of the runners at the event had been helped by the center.
“I am undergoing treatment through the Breast Center,” Parangot said. “My daughter Ann is out here today running with two of her friends from South River.”
Almost all of the runners and spectators we spoke to at the Healing in Heels event had been affected by breast cancer in one way or another.
Robert Winchester, who ran in a fluffy purple hat and black pumps, has spent the past year watching people in his life fight the disease.
“I am here to honor two of the most important women in my life,” Winchester said. “My mother fought breast cancer last year and my wife begins chemotherapy on Tuesday morning.”
While many women and their families are currently going through the trauma that comes with the cancer battle, several runners were out to celebrate their victory and to keep the cause in the front of people’s minds.
employee, Chris Davis, whose best friend’s mother is a breast cancer survivor, showed his practical side by sporting a nice pair of heels and less than stylish knee pads before the start of the run.
“I am here for the ‘ship,'” he said. “The championship. If I go back with anything less I am not sure they will let me in the door.”
Unfortunately for Davis, he didn’t go home with the championship. The victory went to Travis Knox who smoked the competition in a pair of 3 inch heels.
Unlike most local road races though, this one was about more than the victory at the finish line.
With a few tears and a lot of laughter, this race was about winning the battle against cancer.