The event, "Run-Ride for Ragan," was held in October and is set to become an annual event. The inspiration for this event was specifically generated by the death of our daughter Ragan. Ragan was a Cape Girardeau girl. She was a loving mother, daughter, wife, sister, aunt, cousin, niece and friend and she is greatly missed. Ragan lost her fight with stage four triple negative breast cancer on October 29th, 2007 at thirty-two (32) years of age. This tragedy is mirrored across the nation as more and more young women are diagnosed with this deadly disease. Her particular case is marked by the fact that Ragan first noticed a small lump in her breast soon after she became pregnant with Lili. Despite aggressive chemotherapy, bilateral mastectomies, stem cell rescue, and radiation she lost her battle just one year after her diagnosis. Ragan never lost hope and she always had the most positive and generous spirit.
The fund were donated to the American Cancer Society's Patient Service Fund which helps support cancer patients in 17 Southeast Missouri by providing wigs, turbans, breast prosthesis and mastectomy bras. It is also used to provide free mammograms to uninsured and under insured women in need. To learn more information about these services please call Marcie Lawson at the American Cancer Society office at 334-9352.