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Twin Cities Race for the Cure®
Photo by Lacey Skorr
Twin Cities Race for the Cure®

The now-iconic—and truly transformative— Twin Cities Mother’s Day event attracts nearly 50,000 attendees raising millions of dollars, all to help prevent and cure breast cancer in Minnesota. Whether you’re honoring a loved one, celebrating as a survivor, or currently battling this (beatable!) disease, put on your pink and meet us at Mall of America on May 12.

We Live Here

4 Minnesota residents share why they race.

Staci Matthews

Age: 43
City: Mound
Bio: When she’s not playing the Twin Cities’ favorite tunes as co-host for KS95’s Moon & Staci, Matthews enjoys running, kayaking, taking photos, and writing (she even published a coffee table book called Girlz in White Dresses). Matthews and her husband, Tony, have three cats and two rescue dogs, and when they’re both off the clock, they travel as much as they can.
Why I Race: “Our radio show chose Race for the Cure/breast cancer as our charity to champion because my co-host and I (at the time) each had mother-in-laws who had breast cancer. Little did I know that I would be diagnosed myself at age 34.” (She’s been cancer free since 2004.)

 

Michelle Bergh

Age: 13
City: Stillwater
Bio: Bergh has been involved with volunteer work since the age of 5, and as the current reigning Miss Minnesota for National American Miss, she is actively involved in her community. When not in school at Stillwater Junior High, where she serves on the student council, Bergh loves to sing and act.
Why I Race: “When I was 8, I was in a play with a girl whose mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she died later that year. It made me feel really bad to see this little girl lose her mom at such an early age. I also have a pageant friend who is struggling with Stage 4 breast cancer, and one of my mom’s best friends recently passed away from it. I selected Susan G. Komen as my pageant ‘platform’ so I could do my part in bringing more visibility to the Komen organization. This is my fourth year organizing a team, and I’ve been the youngest Pink Honor Roll member for the past three years.”

 

Sandy Saari

Age: 55
City: Northfield
Bio: An administrative assistant in the religion and philosophy departments at Carleton College, she’s been married to her husband, Matt, for 32 years. They have two sons together.
Why I Race: “I’m the team captain for our group, The Boobs. This is the fifth year that we’ve walked. One of our co-captains is a cancer survivor, and my mother died from breast cancer. It’s just a real huge passion of mine to try and find a cure. I think Minnesota has done a great job with the awareness, and I think it’s a wonderful way to spend your Mother’s Day.”

 

Andrew Eagan

Age: 19
City: Excelsior Bio: Eagan is a sophomore at the University of St. Thomas. He is the youngest of three children and an avid Packers fan.
Why I Race: “I participate in honor of my mom, Kathy. She’s had Stage 4 breast cancer for 13 years. I walk in hope that no one will ever have to go through what my mom, or any other breast cancer patient, has gone through.”

 

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